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Old 04-24-09, 08:38 AM   #5
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9" tube? That's huge. I've been using a 6" for over 10 years and it's just about perfect. Why are you using a 9"?

I just had this conversation with Dave Aiken. He was going to have the machinist bore out a ton of holes in his tube to make it look like swiss cheese, but the machinist told him it would be way cheaper to mill it down to a thinner wall. In the end, I don't think he did anything.

Try a smaller diameter tube and shave an inch or so off the end and see where that gets you.

If it's your "travel" tube, cutting a couple inches off the diameter shouldn't affect the show, visually, and it should save you a bunch of weight.
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