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Author Topic: Aluminum Fabrication  (Read 42 times)

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Aluminum Fabrication
« on: August 31, 2014, 02:37:32 AM »
Anyone have suggestions on fabricating hard bag pannier supports out of flat aluminum stock?  I am thinking of using 3/4in stock and I am not sure of the alloy as of now.  This is going to be my winter project.  Do I use a regular drill and bits for holes? How do I bend it? Painting? Thanks in advance for the advice/assistance.
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Re: Aluminum Fabrication
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2014, 12:20:03 PM »
How exactly do you plan to fabricate these brackets?  Aluminum flat stock is very flimsy and in thinking it will not hold it's shape very well.  I personally would use steel flat stock, will depending on how you plan on using it anyways.
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Re: Aluminum Fabrication
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2014, 03:44:10 PM »
Not to disagree with HOO, but aluminium stock is "stiffer" than steel and is a great material for framework. It can be an easy material to fab with. Drilling/milling and cutting are done at higher speeds and cutting lube is cleaner than oil.  Grinding is fast also.  Depending on the alloy, welding goes good and heat treating is not always needed.  Bending is another issue. Since aluminium is not ductile, you get one shot at bending typically. it does not like to be bent multiple times.
3/4 flat bar seems overkill, which is fine.  easier to fix mistakes that way.

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Re: Aluminum Fabrication
« Reply #3 on: Today at 06:46:00 AM »
The brackets will be used to mount 30mm ammo cans as hard panniers.  I like how clean the ones Kingrock made turned out.  The cans weigh about 22 lbs each.  After adding some lighting and the brackets I am thinking they will be about 25 lbs empty.
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