Originally Posted by npowell28
I was considering making a set of sprung struts for a DH mosquito but i was wondering what type of material to use. I've seen Aluminium, brass and copper tube available but which is the best to use.
If you want good information on various metals and what they can be used for, this web site works well. They also sell their stuff at decent prices. you can buy anything from tool steel in 1/16 inch or 2 mm and larger, to a piece of aluminum bar stock 16 inches in diameter
. (For that 16 inch diameter stuff, bring your credit card!)
A few years ago I bought two pieces of tubing from there, 4 by 8 inches in size, 24 inches long with a 3/8 inch wall thickness. Converted a Sherline Lathe to a vertical milling machine with it. Yeah, it is heavy.
And, more recently, picked up some aluminum 3/8 inch thick flat stock, and used it to build up that 60 Amp 12 volt DC supply. (The original alternator failed by going to 18 Volts DC output. So now its an 78 Amp DC supply.) Ref http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=66066