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Building your own frame?
 

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What did Factory Five use for their aluminum frame?
 

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Aluminum is about half the weight of steel and the more common 6061-t6 is about half the strength. After welding the aluminum frame it would have to be reheat treated. Aluminum also has the bad habit of fatigue cracking after a few years of use. It can be done but has draw backs you should be aware of.

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He's back!!!

Couldn't help notice the prominent first aid kit to the right in the photo. Given some of Hoofa's past projects, this is probably a good idea!
 

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OMG!

Hoofa, has it gotten to the point in your build that you have hacked, and slashed, and sawed, so much, that you now need a new frame?:001_tongue:

I'm thinking any dent in a round aluminum tube frame, would really weaken it. Might be better to go with square tube aluminum. Easier to weld too..:)
 

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Like Bill said, fatigue in aluminum is cumulative over time. So the design needs to identify areas of stress and increase strength in those areas. Still, if built right, should last 30+ years. Gonna need a pretty large heat treat oven. 900 degrees for 10 hours and a quench should do it.

As opposed to steel which can be stressed over and over and as long as it is not pushed past its molecular elasticity, will last forever (figuratively).
 

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Something you know that we don't? Nuclear attack? Alien abduction? Economic melt down?
 

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He's building his own personal HARP system. Gonna mess with the weather and tectonic plates??? lol
 

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Custom "Green" cloths dryer?

Heck, a guy has to wash his underwear at least once a year.:001_tongue:
 
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