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Old October 18th, 2007, 12:59 PM   #1
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I stopped in at Jacklin Steel yesterday, and found out they don't carry DOM tubing, or it would be a special order. (read as more expensive)

So, where's another good place around Traverse to get steel? And, also some aluminum? I might be starting a kart project within a few months, and I'm thinking an aluminum frame would be plenty strong enough, and for equal dimensions, aluminum is lighter than DOM tubing by .9:2.5
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Contact Sglide and see what/if he can get through TWS.
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I was planning to, but I know he's busy during the week. Plus, until I'm ready to actually start bending/welding, this is just preliminary research.
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I was planning to, but I know he's busy during the week. Plus, until I'm ready to actually start bending/welding, this is just preliminary research.
do you have a bender?
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No, I don't. I think the GF's dad has one, or he can bend the stuff I need at work.
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No, I don't. I think the GF's dad has one, or he can bend the stuff I need at work.
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Depending on what the application at the time is, I may do like Sam did on his front bumper and weld the angles rather than bend.

Until I hear a convincing reason to only use round tube, I don't see any negative issues with using box tubing, either?
Positives in my mind are, A) Easier to calculate the miter on angles, B) easier to cut angles with basic tools [angle grinder with cutoff wheel, miter saw with fibre disc, etc...], C) It's what I know, and am familar with.
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i can get both alm. tubing and dom
but alm. is crazy expensive
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