Dismiss Notice

Welcome To CK5!

Registering is free and easy! Hope to see you on the forums soon.

Score a FREE t-shirt and membership sticker when you sign up for a Premium Membership and choose the recurring plan.

Steel

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 1979jimmy350, Oct 25, 2006.

  1. 1979jimmy350

    1979jimmy350 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2004
    Posts:
    3,069
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Ann Arbor Mi
    I am looking to buy steel to make steering arms out of, what would be the best type of steel for this? Also where would i be able to by small blocks of steel?
     
  2. muddermilitia

    muddermilitia ThatTrazerGuy GMOTM Winner

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2005
    Posts:
    5,742
    Likes Received:
    76
    Location:
    NE Illinois
    I don't know what steel you'd want but I've bought stuff from Metal Supermarket in Elk Grove, IL. They have a lot of different metal but they are kinda pricey. there is also a race car builder in Rosco, IL called Lefthander chassis, I've bought some rect. tubing from them but I don't know if they would have the right thickness that you would need.
     
  3. beater_k20

    beater_k20 Banned

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2003
    Posts:
    10,276
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Elkhart, IN
    honestly, dont waste your time. www.sky-manufacturing.com they've probably got exactly what you want sitting on the shelf. when i was there last month i couldnt believe it, i had never seen so many steering arms in one place before.
     
  4. 1979jimmy350

    1979jimmy350 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2004
    Posts:
    3,069
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Ann Arbor Mi
    yea there still really expensive and i have acess to a mill and drill press's, its a lot cheaper for me to spend my free time on it than pay for it, im in college and don't have very much money to spend
     
  5. ntsqd

    ntsqd 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2002
    Posts:
    3,381
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    So. CA
    Then research it. There are good alloys and then there are better alloys for each application. You're going to need some special tooling though. Taper reams for both the TRE holes and the Cone Washer holes.
     
  6. 1979jimmy350

    1979jimmy350 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2004
    Posts:
    3,069
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Ann Arbor Mi
    i know i need the reamers, i already have the one for the TRE/DRE on order, but i have no idea as to the taper that the cone washers use
     
  7. JK5

    JK5 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2002
    Posts:
    3,453
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Norton, Oh
    I've made them...it's easy.

    I'm making an arm for my g/f's rig, so she can have crossover.
    I used a 1 1/4" Hot roll low carbon plate, it has excellent machining qualities and it can be welded, if needed. I'm welding in a modified king pin cap to the arm.
     

Share This Page