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Making my own spring perches, is 3/16" wall square tube adequate?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by mofugly13, Oct 4, 2004.

  1. mofugly13

    mofugly13 1 ton bucket of rust Premium Member

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    Making my own spring perches, is 3/16\" wall square tube adequate?

    Title says it all. I have some spare 3" square tube in my garage with 3/16" wall, is that thick enough for spring perches for my D70? Maybe if I cap and weld the ends?
     
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    Re: Making my own spring perches, is 3/16\" wal square tube adequate?

    If you cap the ends it should be good enough.
     
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    Re: Making my own spring perches, is 3/16\" wal square tube adequate?

    Quick question, do you have three inch
    wide springs,or is it 2 1/2 x 3/16 tube?

    I just did mine last week and I used
    2 1/2 x 1/4 wall so I don't know about
    the thinner wall tube.
     
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    Re: Making my own spring perches, is 3/16\" wal square tube adequate?

    I'm using 3" springs. I have a couple of pieces of 3" square by 3/16" wall by 5" long pieces of tube and would like to be able to use these rather than having to go out and buy the steel-$$$
     
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    Re: Making my own spring perches, is 3/16\" wal square tube adequate?

    Anyone else wanna chime in??
     
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    Re: Making my own spring perches, is 3/16\" wal square tube adequate?

    Your gona be hacking into the tube anyway. Why not add some bracing inside the tube to better hold it together. Wouldn't take much to do and would serve the same as capping the ends just more. I guess I'd use 1/4" wall tube and the steel tube wouldn't cost you much really.
     
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    Re: Making my own spring perches, is 3/16\" wal square tube adequate?

    OK, 'nuther stupid question, when I hole saw the axle tube radius into these perches, should I do it so that the weld seam will be on the bottom or the top when the perches are installed?
     
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    Re: Making my own spring perches, is 3/16\" wal square tube adequate?

    I'd put it on the bottom. This way when you weld it to the axle the fact that it has a seam is pretty much moot.
     
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    Re: Making my own spring perches, is 3/16\" wal square tube adequate?

    I put it on the bottom.

    Have fun with that hole saw /forums/images/graemlins/hack.gif
     
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    Re: Making my own spring perches, is 3/16\" wall square tube adequate?

    Stock stuff is no more than 3/16 (I think), but I'd brace it on the inside just to be safe.
     
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    Re: Making my own spring perches, is 3/16\" wall square tube adequate?

    Put the weld seam down. 3/16 should be fine but border line for what I would choose. Cap the ends and it should be fine...
     

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