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Old April 15th, 2016, 01:39 PM   #1
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Looking for some feedback on the strength of a lets call an "open" joint vs a more traditional "bent" joint. Thinking of using this in other areas of the chassis that have horizontal tubes.


For example, the node at the bottom of the windshield.





"Open" joint (tube would be capped off, not left open)







"Bent" joint
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Also I could easily slug the open tube so that it cannot be crushed
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I see no reason to think it would be weaker. Just seems like more work and it wouldn't look as clean when finished. If I were building a tube chassis like that I wouldn't do that style joint where I didn't need to. In the rear or in an area I couldnt get a tight enough bend to make everything line up and look right I would go with it. Just not for an A pillar
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