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Old 09-27-2010, 12:18 PM   #14
boardinshorty81
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Originally Posted by OUScooby
So aluminum is the metal to use for a subframe? If I do a subframe I won't be fabricating it myself, I have zero metal working skills. What would be wrong with using steel, it would be cheaper, and even though there would be a weight penalty it would at the lowest point on the car, if it ways less than the stock subframe you still save weight, if it weighs more than you are lowering the center of gravity on the car.
Not necessarily. You have to think of what kinds of loads you will get in each direction. Saying aluminum will work doesn't mean much as it will work with the right shape, but if designed poorly it will bend as will most metals.
I just despise of steel because of it's weight, that does not mean it isn't right for your application. I would wait for someone with some experience making a brace to chime in with the magnitude of loads you will be looking at.
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