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View Poll Results: Square or tube stock??
1 1/2" Sqaure stock 3 25.00%
1 1/2" tube stock 9 75.00%
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Old November 24th, 2008, 12:45 PM   #1
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Lookin into building a buggy of sorts off of a '93 F150 frame section (motor/trans/tcase)

Plan is to build a cage off the pre-existing frame segment, not the whole frame, and the debate is sqaure stock or tube?

Looking for opinion only tyvm haha

1 1/2" material for either square or round.

It will be well triangulated so no worries
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Old November 24th, 2008, 12:54 PM   #2
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Old November 24th, 2008, 01:16 PM   #3
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1 1/2" Round tube is too small for a big rig. I would recommend 1 3/4" tube (round).
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Old November 24th, 2008, 01:27 PM   #5
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1 1/2" Round tube is too small for a big rig. I would recommend 1 3/4" tube (round).
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Big jump in strength to go to 1.75", and 1.5" will just look funny. Square would look terrible.
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Old November 24th, 2008, 01:51 PM   #6
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2.0" round tube.
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2.0" round tube.
X2, just ask firehawk
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Old November 24th, 2008, 08:56 PM   #8
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1 3/4 .120 wall
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What bout some conduit?
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It will be well triangulated so no worries
depends on how many triangles you want.

if your building to the same relative strength, "its six of one , half dozen of another"

the smaller diameter material and lighter wall means youll need more triangulation over shorter spans. ie. the maserati bird cage design of the early 60's. it had 1/2 - 3/4 and 1" running everywhere but it was the lightest most rigid thing out there at the time.

the larger dia material will go longer spans with less triangulation, which equals less joints (work) and less running feet of tube used - but not nessecerily less actual material by weight. IMHO bigger tubes look proportionally correct on a full size - but in the end it all comes down to the actual design and what you want it to do.
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