Havent been around in a while but am back for some opinions. I'm building a push bar similar to a "Bull Bar" for my '06 f-150 2-WD. It's got a level kit and 33's on it and I want the bar to give it a little more atitude. I'm gonna use 4'' pipe but the question is should I use schedule 40 or shedule 10? By my calculations the sched 40 would weigh in at just shy of 40lbs and the sched 10 at half that. I plan on compleatly sealing them and threading in an air hose connection and use it as an air tank too.
I'm concerned the sched 40 (1/4'' wall) may cause the springs to sag, making daddy quite unhappy I dont plan on realy hitting anything so im thinking the sched 10 (1/8'' wall). If anyone has any spring rates that would be helpful or any opinions I would gladly listen.
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Thread: Home built Bull Bar
06-01-2011, 10:16 PM #1Senior Member
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06-02-2011, 09:44 PM #2
I'd say that 4" would look way to "FAT"! It has an O.D. of 4 1/2". I'd suggest 3" at the most, maybe even 2 1/2". .250 wall pipe weighs in at over 10 #'s per foot, I don't know your design, but I'd guess it'll weigh more than you think, but 40#'s won't overburden your springs.Miller Syncrowave 200
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06-08-2011, 03:44 PM #3Junior Member
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I wouldn't use pipe. it's not made for structural strength. Try going with thick walled tubing. You'll have a use a good bender if you plan on putting any bends into it, but it will come out stronger and weight a heck of a lot less. just my 2cents