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Old 06-07-2009, 01:25 PM   #1
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A couple of guys in our club have been looking for 1 1/8" aluminum tube. The best source is your local Ultra-light club. Sometimes there is a local supplier that they use. It is worth about $2.00 a foot. The tubing comes in .035", .049",.058" wall thickness. The difference in weight per foot is next to nothing. If you use .058" wall tubing the next size down will fit inside with a total clearance of .009" and this is true of sizes from 1/4" to 2" OD. We have a local welding shop that specializes in aluminum and stainless, they order aluminum several times a month. This is 6061-T6 grade aluminum and it is drawn, the size inside and out is nearly perfect and it comes in 12' lengths. The commercial grade is 6061-T651 and is extruded, 40% weaker and only comes in thick wall and the inside diameter varies a lot, it comes in 20' lengths, in other words it is brittle compared to the drawn tubing. I have some but to mail it would cost about $10.00.

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