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Old 09-16-2015, 11:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking for a shop to make STAINLESS trick tabs

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I can't post in the Vendor Section so I figured this would be the best spot.

My buggy is finished with the exception of mounting the body panels. The entire chassis is raw 316 stainless and I'd like to keep it that way so rust is not an issue. Everyone is making trick tabs, but I can not find any in stainless.

I'm looking for someone to laser cut 50 trick tabs for 1.5" tubing with a 3/8 hole out of 14 or 12 gauge stainless. I'll TIG weld on my own nuts or install nutserts.

I talked with Cody at Chassis Unlimited and he said they would do it, but I can't get him to respond to multiple emails so not knowing many shops I figured I'd put this out there.

I think we all know what trick tabs look like. I would be in need of the smaller size since this is only to hold on body panels

Please feel free to PM me or if anyone has suggestions please post.

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Try Dan at MotoBilt. He loves using his Lincoln cutting table according to his Instagram haha
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Do you have a dxf file? I've got 6 lasers here at work.
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Old 09-16-2015, 06:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I dont, but I imagine they would be super simple to draw up. I have OMAX water jet software, but not sure if I can do the bend on each ear that would be required. It's more for flat pattern work, which this would be, except the brake required at each end.

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Get them cut out and make a simple fixture to use in a press. A few flat bars would do it
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I dont, but I imagine they would be super simple to draw up. I have OMAX water jet software, but not sure if I can do the bend on each ear that would be required. It's more for flat pattern work, which this would be, except the brake required at each end.
PM me the dimensions or a hand drawing and I can draw it up for you and send it back in a .DWG or .DXF.
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Get them cut out and make a simple fixture to use in a press. A few flat bars would do it
Good idea. I'm thinking one top square bar and two bottom square bars to make the channel. My harbor freight 40 ton should be able to handle it, no problem. Thank you for the suggestion!

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PM me the dimensions or a hand drawing and I can draw it up for you and send it back in a .DWG or .DXF.
I'll get the cardboard and graph paper out this evening and get something sent over to you for a flat pattern drawing. Like mentioned above, if you're willing to cut them out, I'll bend then and tig weld the nuts on.
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Do they have to be bent like the trick tabs? It's not like there is a lot of load on a body panel. If you could get by with something flat like the body tabs that Hendrix sells I would imagine you would have a much easier and cheaper time getting them. For reference, the Hendrix tabs are maybe 1" tall x 5/8" wide x 1/4" thick and tapped for 1/4x20. Chassis Parts
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Don't use nutserts you won't be happy.

Use clip nuts, I use McMaster-Carr Part #94850A129

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I can email Bbaxter51 a dxf file for the trick tabs as that's what we used on his brothers Buggy.
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Do they have to be bent like the trick tabs? It's not like there is a lot of load on a body panel. If you could get by with something flat like the body tabs that Hendrix sells I would imagine you would have a much easier and cheaper time getting them. For reference, the Hendrix tabs are maybe 1" tall x 5/8" wide x 1/4" thick and tapped for 1/4x20. Chassis Parts
I understand what you're saying. It doesn't necessarily NEED to be a trick tab I guess. It's only holding body panels.

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Don't use nutserts you won't be happy.

Use clip nuts, I use McMaster-Carr Part #94850A129

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I can email Bbaxter51 a dxf file for the trick tabs as that's what we used on his brothers Buggy.
I considered the clip on style nuts as well. I like the fact you can go with a 3/8" hole and use a 1/4" fastener and clip nut, and have a little wiggle room to work with.


I'm going to PM WhyJayPA about cutting some flat tabs with holes probably. The ears on the trick tabs probably aren't necessary. I've seen guys run 1/4 turn fasteners with similar flat tabs without issue.

Thanks for the suggestions everyone, please feel free to keep them coming.
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Are the panels going to be recessed in the tube a bit? Might be tough to do with a trick tab.. I would say flat tabs would work better for that application
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I think this should work.
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here are some 321 12ga bottle openers, i cut stainless using plasma all the time. sure it takes a touch of prep for quality tig work but, what doesn't when quality welds are to be made.

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here are some 321 12ga bottle openers, i cut stainless using plasma all the time. sure it takes a touch of prep for quality tig work but, what doesn't when quality welds are to be made.
Looks exceptionally clean of a plasma!!

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I might be able to get them cut out of 1/4". Let me know if you are interested
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I took care of this for him. Tabs should be on their way tonight. Enjoy!

BTW...we need a build thread on that stainless buggy!!
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I took care of this for him. Tabs should be on their way tonight. Enjoy!

BTW...we need a build thread on that stainless buggy!!
Yes indeed. WhyJayPA is a good dude. The buggy will appreciate the addition of some body panels.

Thanks to everyone who offered me advice!







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