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Understanding the Difference between TIG & MIG Welding

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Understanding the Difference between TIG & MIG Welding

Daniel Roberts

When it comes to customizing your motorcycle, there’s a range of modifications you can make. Before you proceed, it is a good idea to learn as much as you can about the ins and outs so that the result is as satisfying as you expected!

Here, we’re diving into the details of MIG and TIG welding, and what each of these welding processes can do for your bike.

MIG vs. TIG: What’s the Difference?

MIG welding is short for Metal Inert Gas welding. TIG welding stands for Tungsten Inert Gas welding.

Let’s start with the basics first. The process of TIG welding is very much the same as that of GTAW, which is Gas Tungsten Arc Welding. Both processes utilize a non-consumable electrode along with a shielding gas to create and protect the joint during the welding process.

MIG is also known as the MAG process or the GMAW process. MAG stands for Metal Active Gas welding, GMAW stands for Gas Metal Arc Welding. All processes use a different type of electrode. In this procedure, the electrode is consumable, is used when welding, and replaced when it runs out. MIG though, also uses a shielding gas to keep the weld pool from damaging gases in the atmosphere.

The Main Difference

The main difference between MIG and TIG is that TIG uses a long rod which is held separate from the welding machine and is fed to the weld puddle. MIG has the wire feeding through the weld machine. This makes the MIG procedure easier, since the TIG requires the welder to use both hands.

The Process of Welding

TIG is more difficult than MIG and requires meticulous precision.

The welder must be aware of the welding techniques and must hold the torch at a specified angle to ensure that the results are clean, and visually pleasing. The TIG process cannot be rushed so it’s mostly used for smaller tasks that need finite accuracy.

On the other hand, MIG is mainly utilized for larger projects of customization, since it doesn’t need to be accurate. In this case, the strength of the welding technique is what makes it useful.

TIG is mostly used on thinner metals like aluminum, whereas MIG is used for both types of materials as well as thicker plates.

TIG, MIG and Motorcycle Welding

TIG welding is usually the choice for many who want to make cleaner customization on their bikes. Used to weld steel, stainless and aluminum, one can learn how to use a TIG welding machine as well.

MIG welding is easier to operate, and can be used to fabricate new parts, weld an exhaust system and repair the chassis and panels. This can also be learned. However, in both cases (for your safety and your bike’s sake), we’d recommend that you leave welding to the experts!

Come to Classic Cycles Ltd!

Are you curious about your bike’s engine and restoration? You’ve come to the right place.

We offer expert services for all your motorcycle needs, from vintage motorcycle restoration to basic custom fabrication services for motorcycle, so you can keep your bike feeling new and looking great!

Contact us or call (908) 996-5337 to learn more about your bike and its different components.