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Unread 07-14-2010, 03:14 PM   #91
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I believe aluminum to be a poor choice of material for a caliper bracket. For the prototype and fitment, yeah sure, but I wouldn't install an al bracket on any of my vehicles, and non of them came with al either. My vette does have an al caliper, but the brackets are steel.

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Unread 07-14-2010, 03:31 PM   #92
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maybe, The only thing i would worry about with aluminum is the bracket not staying tight. Steel might take longer to machine but it might still be worth it, and a hog end mill can cut fairly fast. You could always have the piece cast and then finish mill it if you make enough of them.
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Unread 07-14-2010, 03:33 PM   #93
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I believe aluminum to be a poor choice of material for a caliper bracket. For the prototype and fitment, yeah sure, but I wouldn't install an al bracket on any of my vehicles, and non of them came with al either. My vette does have an al caliper, but the brackets are steel.

Ironically, I believe the corvette ZR1 and Z06 both have a frames made of...you guessed it...aluminum. Not argueing, just saying.
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Unread 07-14-2010, 03:47 PM   #94
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Ironically, I believe the corvette ZR1 and Z06 both have a frames made of...you guessed it...aluminum. Not argueing, just saying.
your comparing apples to oranges.
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Unread 07-14-2010, 03:50 PM   #95
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I believe aluminum to be a poor choice of material for a caliper bracket.
Any specific reason(s)?
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Your shaft isn't long enough to handle that kind of droop...
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Unread 07-14-2010, 03:59 PM   #96
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your comparing apples to oranges.
You leave fruit out of this!!

I actually agree with both of your comments.

I just thought it was mildly ironic he mentioned his vette having steel caliper brackets, but some vettes have entire frames made of aluminum. I find many things ironic that actually just aren't. sometimes.....ironic.
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Any specific reason(s)?
Weaker.
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Any specific reason(s)?
Especially is it's made from 6061 T6 aluminum.
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steel is always stronger, and thats not the question.. is aluminum strong enough? thats all that matters..
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Especially is it's made from 6061 T6 aluminum.
ESPECIALLY, if it's made from medium strength 6061 T6.
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Unread 07-14-2010, 04:19 PM   #101
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steel is always stronger,
Nope, not always.


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and thats not the question.. is aluminum strong enough? thats all that matters..
Yep, that's all that matters. Is the selection of material adequate in the application it's being used in?
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Weaker.
Weaker how? Significant enough to make a difference in this application?

The question is whether the material will hold up in the application. Hell, there's always SOMETHING out there stronger.

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steel is always stronger, and thats not the question.. is aluminum strong enough? thats all that matters..
There you go...
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Unread 07-14-2010, 04:20 PM   #103
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I believe aluminum to be a poor choice of material for a caliper bracket. For the prototype and fitment, yeah sure, but I wouldn't install an al bracket on any of my vehicles, and non of them came with al either. My vette does have an al caliper, but the brackets are steel.
You tickle my funny bone. What's even sillier is my steel caliper brackets on my front aluminum steering knuckles.
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Unread 07-14-2010, 04:30 PM   #104
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You tickle my funny bone. What's even sillier is my steel caliper brackets on my front aluminum steering knuckles.
On top of the aluminum differential housing?
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Unread 07-14-2010, 04:37 PM   #105
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What's the steel/aluminum cost difference though? (I don't purchase the stuff)
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