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Old 04-06-2008, 09:59 PM
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Hello,

I'm looking for the best and most cost effective material for the charge pipes. I'm also looking for what to avoid. I don't want to spend a fortune, but I don't want it to leak because of cracking after a week.

Thanks for your help.

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ebay aluminum IC kit if you have no fabrication ability, if you do, build something yourself
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mild steel and some spray paint. That way you can weld whatever youll ever need to it without worrying about needing special stuff to weld alum, and its cheap.
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Mild steel seems a bit heavy.
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Steel is heavier, and doesn't conduct heat as well. However, it's cheaper and easier to weld. I wanted copper IC pipes as they would be easy to braze and conduct heat very well. However, super expensive. I will either go with AL pipes or steal. Steal has it's appeal because I have an arch welder and access to a MIG.
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Wow, i never thought about copper..

Im assuming you researched the prices, may i ask how much you were looking at for a copper ic pipe setup? Could easily be done diy..
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all my steel pipes must weigh eaisly under like 10 lbs, its not that much weight. Well maybe if you have like 1/2 inch thick wall steel tubeing haha.
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Get thin walled MS and it's not heavy.
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Wow, i never thought about copper..

Im assuming you researched the prices, may i ask how much you were looking at for a copper ic pipe setup? Could easily be done diy..
It would be super easy to do. Get some pipe, fittings, flux and a map gas torch and you are set. Not to mention it would look good too. However, my father in law uses copper to build his landscape lights, and copper pipe has gone up almost 300% since last year. It has gotten very expensive.
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It would cost around 300 dollars to do. Not worth it. Plus, you would have hell keeping the pipes from breaking where they are brazed. You would have to brace these areas. Aluminum is almost as good, like 2/3rds the heat transfer I believe but a lot less cost and simpler to use. Still, If I had time and money out my ***, I'd try copper hotside pipes.
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I think I'm gonna try copper hotside pipes myself...I don't have money out my *** but I have access to scrap copper through an electrician, yay me!
I'll see what diameter I can get from him. My hotside pipes will be pretty short compared to most here...
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