I'm looking to make a flat skid plate / crossmember for my current CJ7 build and I need advice on what kind of steel to use (tubing round or square, wall thickness etc). I am brand new to welding and have only built a stand for my blasting cabinet and a welding cart so far (I used 1 inch square tubing 1/8 inch wall for both and I still have over 40 feet of it laying around). If you've built your own what materials did you use and what's too light weight for this application, thanks.
Thanks BESRK. Would the 1 inch square x 1/8 wall steel that I have be strong enough or should I stay away from using it?
What Besrk used is a little bigger in diameter but 1/8" is .120 for the thickness.
I would use it, it is pretty strong stuff, the worse that can happen is you bend it, well you hit anything on the Jeep hard enough and your gonna bend something.
I have built several things out of that 1" square tube, it is great for lots of projects.
Honestly, 1" square is a bit too small for my taste. If I were going to make skidplate framework out of square tubing, it would probably be 2" square. I don't think 1" square tube would hold up well to hard hits.. too easy to bend. Tubing diameter is what resists bending.. tubing wall thickness is what resists dents.
'80 CJ5 w/AMC360, T176, D44 w/Detroit 4.56, RE 4" YJ lift and 35s..
I took a shot at making one out of the 1 inch square .120 wall and I didn't feel comfortable with it when I set the drivetrain down on it.
I bumped up to 1 1/2 inch square .188 wall and I'm in the process of making another crossmember. I don't have access to a tubing bender so I have to stick with the square tubing. The 1 x 2 .120 wall looked too small and the 2 x 3 .120 was too big of an outside diameter. I'll post a pic when I'm done with it.