Hybrid cage build (exo-cage + internal)
I finally had time to start my cage build, be sure to check here often as I update the page when I get something done.
My cage will be much similar to what Erics' cage is - but it of course has things and ideas of my own. But I've looked at COJeepin's engine exo, Erics' hybrid cage and quite a few other cages on NAXJA and Pirate to figure what kind of cage I want.
I finally got my tubes yesterday, nine sticks of ~1.5" (ID) x 0.120 DOM - these tubes are in millimetre standard so not exact figures. OD is ~1.8". Bought at a very reasonable price of slightly under 6€ per meter, that's about 50-55$ for a 20ft. stick!
I also bought 20pcs of weld-on 90* turns (only ~2.50$ each
), mainly to be used on bumpers and stuff like that where very tight 90* turns are needed.
This is the first time I do something like this, which means I've never used a bender before. I bought one last summer, a very high quality tool. Only downside is it's muscle- powered and cannot be used with a bottle jack. That version would've cost more than double compared to the manual version. Looks like this:
I started the build from propably the easiest part, the front hoop. And that's all I've done so far
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