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Old 10-11-2007, 01:18 AM   #1
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I need a 4' x 4' sheet at .125". Can only find 4' x 8' sheets.


I did find one 4x4' sheet in .125" that was 37.00 which was great, however it was 50$ to ship :(
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interstateplastics.com
$21.44 for that sheet.
Then they charge like $100 for shipping. They say if you call they can ship it UPS, FedEX or something else for less. Worth a try.
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usplastics is where my machine shop got most of it's stuff, but we got it shipped for free and got discounts for large orders. They only have full sheets of ABS Plastic and 1/8" Black is 55.66 a sheet + shipping.

Where did you find a half sheet for 37?
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No way you can use (2) 2'x4' sheets? Tap Plastics is a good source for that, but they told me that 2x4 was the largest dimension sheet that could be affordably shipped. 1/8" 2'x4' is $22. I ordered thinner, but shipping to business address was ~$8.

http://www.tapplastics.com/shop/product.php?pid=335&
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I'm making a splitter, i'd rather not have it be in two pieces, it's 55" in width and a little over 25" in height, so I it will fit on a 4x4' sheet perfectly.

Here's what I'm talking about to scale:




I believe if I go to .090" they can roll it, however I still cant find that size.
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get 4x8 sheet
make 2 splitters
maybe even have some good scrap left over to make something else (small)
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Brain make me one, save everyone some money
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have you thought about using Al?
i have been thinking about a splitter for the longest time, but i am still debating what to use...also, have you checked your local sources...try garden centers or insulaion companies, im not sure who would have them
i will make one out of cardboard for test fitting and then worry about what material to use once i get it just right...
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that's designed from a trace of the track dog racing splitter. so it's to scale.

I thought of Aluminum, but i dont want ti to be heavy, and I'd have to paint it and hear it scrape,
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Look into Corrugated Plastic... I had some stuff in my hands from a local work site... it looks like it would work well.
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Brain-ture, but i dont have an OEM bumper, so i have to design mine from scratch...
the reason i was wanting Aluminum is so it would not move so i can save my shitty fiberglass bumper, but its all still up in the air...
what are you using for brackets? i am thinking L shape Al from frame down, this way it would be really sturdy and maybe weld some diagonal brace piece to prevent it from moving, and allow the only movement to where it bolts up together by not having holes but rather long slits (ie. not a 10x10mm hole but a 10x25-30mm oval cut, makes sense?) so if it hit something it doesnt bend the Al but it allows a bit of give if i dont torque the bolts to much...i hope im making sense, i am really no good at explaining things...
any input appreciated man
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i'm going to be bolting it directly into my "r" lip

probably use somr sort of alumin bracket to attach rear tail of it to the K-member, that's all.

going to get thin *** abs to mold a shroud around it to seal of everything.
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makes sense...pic please, when you got em...
ill share as well
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Hehe... i scored some 4x3.x corrugated plastic today... can't wait to carry it home on the train.

<-- can't get more... scrap from jobsite at our building... sry.
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Corrugated plastic is strong, but weakens really quickly if you crease it or cut through one of the outside plies. Make sure you use it with the ribs running across the car, not front-to-back, and be careful not to let it fold on install. Might need some reinforcing to survive as a splitter.

Let us know if it works - I used to work at a place that makes it and I might be able to score some. Even buying it, a sheet of that stuff should be really cheap. Actually, the place I worked can die-cut it, so for the investment in a die, you could go into business.
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Yah, its structurally strong in one direction, i was thinking about using 2 layers of it and running them opposing to increase strength. Then a metal trim or very large washers for securing it.
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