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Cage Material - 1 5/8" ok?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Emmettology 101, Feb 19, 2001.

  1. Emmettology 101

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    Cage Material - 1 5/8\" ok?

    My local Chassis builder uses 1 5/8" 10ga. to build his cages and that is what he said he would be using on mine. I told him I could get pipe pretty cheap and he said he didn't mind if I brought my own. I asked him if .120" wall DOM was ok and he said that, that was even better than he used.

    So would 1 5/8" x .120"wall DOM be ok to use for a Cage in my Blazer?

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    Re: Cage Material - 1 5/8\" ok?

    Anyone?

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    Re: Cage Material - 1 5/8\" ok?

    I can't see it being a problem, maybe a tad smallish on the O.D. but should be strong enough. DOM is much better than pipe.

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    Re: Cage Material - 1 5/8\" ok?

    Should be OK as long as it's built well. To me 1 5/8" is a screwy size....but if your dude has dies for it go for it.

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    Re: Cage Material - 1 5/8\" ok?

    One guy told me that 1 5/8" 10 ga. is .134 wall ... The DOM I was looking at is .120" wall....

    I really want 2" or maybe even 1 3/4".............

    Maybe I will have to do somemore searching.

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    Re: Cage Material - 1 5/8\" ok?

    Well if the "10 ga" 1 5/8 is electically welded seamed tubing then it is definitely weaker than the .120" wall DOM.
    I personally would stick with a more common size, like you said, 1 3/4" or 2".
    Gauge sizes versus thickness' vary with material, but for mild steel .134 sounds right.

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    Re: Cage Material - 1 5/8\" ok?

    10-4, the guy told me to call him tonight after 6pm... I am going to ask him what the largest diameter DOM .120" wall he can bend....


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    Re: Cage Material - 1 5/8\" ok?

    Have you priced DOM...around $4 a foot here in Dallas....Yikes! I'm building mine out of HREW 1 3/4" .120
    wall. I know it's not the best...but I'm a poor boy and don't plan on testing the rollover strength anyway...mainly just adding some stiffness to the old '74 and lookin' cool....[​IMG]

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