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Looking for some advise here. I work in a machine shop we mostly deal with 6061 and 7075 aluminum. I can go with steel but i heard its hard to powder coat steal. So my question is, is 6061 study enough to be used as struts? 6061 is a lot cheaper than 7075.
 

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You can powder coat anything that can be electricaly charged. Don't know where you heard that steel is hard to PC. If you are going to coat or chrome I would go with steel. 6061 should be fine, but it really depends on the design. You don't really need lateral strength, mostly up and down.
 

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Wow 1/8th thick? i was thinking i would need more stock like 3/4. We have plenty of steel stock laying around ill see what i can play around with.
 

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1/8 to 3/16 would be fine for steel. If you go Aluminium 3/16 would be minimum. Now you could start with a piece of 1/2 to 3/4" stock and machine something special. Remember, all you really need is, a couple semi-rigid strips, to hold the bike up, off the tire.
 
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