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This is a discussion on raw material ? within the Technical forums, part of the Caferacer.net Forums category; suggestions on where to source raw material such as steel tubing, small sheet etc .? dch....

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    suggestions on where to source raw material such as steel tubing, small sheet etc .?

    dch.
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    Dale,

    There must be an iron/steel metal dealer near you somewhere. Tractor Supply and NAPA have a limited stock of steel and aluminium sheets, tubes and rods. Nothing exotic. It is usually back in the tool section. There is even a selection at Home Depot and Lowes.

    If you are looking for small tubing, like for a 50cc exhaust, GOOD LUCK.

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    Ugh, I just had a fight with some aluminum from Menards. Got the 1/8" by 1" flat stock to make some turn signal brackets, previously had no problems putting a tight 90* bend in the same kind of bar from the same rack, but this stuff just broke at about 80* with really nasty "stretch" marks in it.

    I have done reasonably well at the local recyclers, bring cash and don't be a pain. I also posted a "want" ad via Freecycle and got a good couple of bucketloads that way.
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    The stuff from TSC, Lowes, etc is hideously overpriced and may or may not(as mentioned) be correct for what you're doing.

    McMaster Carr has stuff. I've never bought there. Looks like it's less overpriced than the above mentioned. At least you can have some confidence it's correct for your application.

    Or a place like this; http://logansteel.com/index.htm Look at their special of the week section.

    Or find a local fab shop that will put your material in with their order. The one I get my stuff from marks it up 30% over their cost, but due to the fact that they're getting multiple semi loads a week it's still way cheaper than I can get it anywhere else.

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    I've ordered plate aluminum from these guys: http://www.onlinemetals.com/

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    I have used http://onlinemetals and http://speedymetals - neither are cheap but if you need just a little and paying for shipping is worth avoiding the drive then they are decent options. For tubing http://mandrelbends.com too
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    http://www.onlinemetals.com/

    Or Aircraft Spruce for Chrome Moly tube for frames etc

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    Jack, there are numerous sources for 50cc size exhaust tubing if you need it.

    Dale, stay away from retail outlet metals like hardware stores etc. Priced about 10 times the going rate, and often very low quality.

    Die, sounds like it was 6061 or 6063 ...doesn't like to bend 90 degrees at a tight radius at all. Work hardens extremely quickly.
    Nice thing about McMaster is their accurate and extensive selection of alloys, you know exactly what you are getting. I often use them for small jobs when I don't want to make the 1 hour drive in my truck to my normal metal supplier. McMaster gets things to my house about 18 hours after I order it, comes in very handy, and I have no idea how they do it.
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    http://www.metalsupermarkets.com/ A little more expensive but will do small orders and are online + do foot business, I would try a local supplier but what you may run into there is having to buy a minimum order.

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    all good , thanks guys...I'm on it..

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