Originally Posted by ZipTie
Nice work! I do not have a welder...yet, so here is what I did with 1/8" 6061 aluminum to attach fenders to a GT2A frame. It should hold up....I hope.
Not as good as steel but it was easy for me to work with. Anything's better than that thin metal from the factory I can tear with a pliers.
How did you bend 6061? It can be done but there's trick to it to keep a stress crack from appearing. The edges of the piece you're bending should be as smooth as you can make them. No scratches, gouges or saw marks. The bend radius also is important. Too tight and the metal will crack no matter how smooth it is.
Yours look good but keep an eye on them. Aluminum is a funny thing. It can fail with little to no warning.