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Old 02-22-2009, 03:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Steel Tubing for cage and bumper??

I will be building a internal cage for my 89 yota soon as well as renforcing the frame and using some of it to build part of my bumper.

What type of tubing should I look for when I go to the local steel place and what wall thickness/gauge should I get??

I like .250 wall but that seems a bit much for everything except the main roll bar of the cage.



Also what are some approximate prices per foot for steel tubing??
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Old 02-22-2009, 03:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would recommend 1.5" or 1.75" outside diameter, .120" wall thickness, DOM tubing. Around here it cost about $3.50 per foot from EMJ Metals. http://www.emjmetals.com/

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Alright, I'm in a good mood today. Normally I'd just tell you to search... .250 wall is WAY overkill. Typical rollcage tubing will be .120 wall with tubing that is expected to make frequent contact with the rocks stepped up to .187 (3/16) wall. The same should suffice for your bumpers as well.

Like I said, I'm in a good mood. Future reference, use the search function. For the most part, anytime someone is building a cage, they tend to say they're running "1.75x.120" or whatever. Good luck.
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Old 02-22-2009, 03:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I would recommend 1.5" or 1.75" outside diameter .120" wall thickness DOM tubing. Around here it cost about $3.50 per foot from the EMJ Company. http://www.emjmetals.com/
those sizes are preaty standard in building an off road vehicle. hrew and not dom should be fine for you.
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For .250 you better have a hell of a bender.
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For .250 you better have a hell of a bender.

He's probably gonna do it manual. Or each "bend" will be a cut & weld joint. I'm NOT in a good god damn mood. Search knucklehead. Or better yet, use 3/8 wall, .250 will snap like a twig. LOL!!
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Corey...Where is EMJ metals at???
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EMJ is one of the largest distributors of tubing in the US. They have a huge warehouse/distribution center in Kent. Its where almost everyone in WA gets their tubing.
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