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Old 09-23-2003, 08:39 AM   #1
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Default What thickness aluminum for end tanks?

Hey all, I wanted to see what thickness everyone uses for end tanks? I'm putting together a few custom intercoolers and I want what is best.. I was thinking .06" or .08" Is that good?
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.125"
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wow that is freeking thick. is that what the big companies use?
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Default Re: What thickness aluminum for end tanks? (Overblown-Teg)

something doesn't sound right. | | <---That is pretty freaking thick! I would have thought 1/16" or at max 3/32"
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Default Re: What thickness aluminum for end tanks? (Redlineracer)

yeah I have some 1/8" that I use to make mounting brackets from. I was thinking 1/16" which is .06".. I'd like some input from Full race and maybe cheapturbo. I know they both are doing custom coolers.
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Default Re: What thickness aluminum for end tanks? (Overblown-Teg)

14 gauge seems to be what PWR makes their end tanks out of, or at least from eye balling a few cores that have been threw my shop. Basically you want the thinest material to keep the thermal conductivity high, but thick enough its not impossible to weld.
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So what inch thickness is 14g? I would say from looking at some pipes I have it would be around 1/16".
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Default Re: What thickness aluminum for end tanks? (Overblown-Teg)

.080 or .125 3003 or 5052 Click the image to open in full size. no 6061
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.080 or .125 3003 or 5052 Click the image to open in full size. no 6061
exactly.

todd, we use .125 5052 for our endtanks.
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Default Re: What thickness aluminum for end tanks? (CHEAPTURBOdotCOM)

hmm interesting. I thought for sure you all would use 6061.. Why do you use the others? What rod would you recomend with the 5052? I normally use a 4043 I think. I also have some 5052, should I match the rod to the material?

Wow so your using 1/8" end tanks? That is really heavy. Can you use a normal sheet metal brake to bend them or are you using a press brake?
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Default Re: What thickness aluminum for end tanks? (fabman)

14g = .0781 from my cheat sheet.
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Default Re: What thickness aluminum for end tanks? (Overblown-Teg)

.125 is also the thickness Bell Intercoolers uses (owner - Corky Bell)....

Aluminum Alloy 6061 has a thermal conductivity of 180 w/m-k
5052 has a thermal conductivity of 137 w/m-k
1100 has a thermal conductivity of 218 w/m-k

6061 and 5052 are both good alloys for this purpose because they are highly corrosion resistant and strong.... using 1100 would scratch too easily despite it having a really good thermoconductivity(its at least 99% aluminum )



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