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What size tube for roll cage??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 85mudblazin, May 12, 2004.

  1. 85mudblazin

    85mudblazin 1/2 ton status

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    I am wondering what is a good size tube to use to make a roll cage. Thanks /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    some say 1.75" others say 2". i think im gonna use 1.75" .120 wall /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    I'm interested in this too. /forums/images/graemlins/ears.gif
    From what liitle digging I've done, it seems racecars use the 1.75" and thats what many have suggested. However, given the extra weight of our trucks I think I'm gonna opt for the 2 x .125" tube, at least for the main hoops. I can get 20' of the 2" for around $50.
    Don't quote me on any of this as I have only just begun looking into build a cage... /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gifstill much more research to do
     
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    i used 1.75 x .120 , i was origanally going to use 2" x .120 but 1.75 fit alot tighter
     
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    Best to settle on one size for "large" tube so you don't need multiple dies. I prefer 1.75 x 0.120. Plenty strong for a full size, more aesthetically balanced, saves a little weight, and costs less per foot. My entire truggy was built using 1.75 x 0.120 along with some 1 x 0.120 for gussets and the like.
     
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    Got any pics???
     
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    I am using 2" (1.75" dies were on backorder when I did it) I have bumpers and a cage using 2" for all of the main tubes and 1.5" for support tubes. I agree with Russ that 1.75" is a little cheaper and fits the trucks a little better. 2" is not too big but I think I would have waited for a 1.75" if I were to do it all over again.
     
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    Oh, yeah... I'm also leaning toward 2" cuz that's what I'll be building my bumpers out of, and as you pointed out, those dies ain't cheap!
     
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    I used 1 3/4" tubing, I think .10 wall. I rolled it to test it (not on purpose), and it works great!
     
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    For my Dodge/cummins the two main hoops are going to be 2.00"x .120 wall DOM seamless. Two 13' lengths cost me $155, tax and cutting. Was about $4.70/ft.
     

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