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Telescoping rectangle aluminum tubing seller?

Discussion in 'DIY Motion Simulator Building Q&A / FAQ' started by gSeat, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. gSeat

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    Hello,

    I searched the forums and came up short. I did start searching the net, but before using further time price comparing, figured I'd ask in case others have some links.

    My sim is highly inspired by @noorbeast and all other similar compact seat shakers out there - no offense to anyone by not mentioning every other name ;)

    If you check out his build (or other compact builds), I'm thinking of implementing a telescopic tube for the
    center post and around the feet. The initial horizontal base post is easy to do with L brackets under the seat. Rectangular tubing seems easier to create / fasten than round, but I am not opposed to round tubing either.

    I am not set on aluminum, and will visit the hardware store this week to see how much play there is with punched steel sign posts that are readily available in the US and telescope. However, I do not think they are precise as the sign posts image below or telescoping aluminum tubing that is snug...I'll find out soon.
    Thanks!

    Steel pros:
    smaller
    cheaper
    existing holes to mount to

    Aluminum pros:
    looks nicer (subjective)


    @noorbeast 's rig https://www.xsimulator.net/community/threads/dx-compact-simulator.5866/
    [​IMG]


    perforated steel tubing
    [​IMG]

    aluminum telescoping
    [​IMG]
  2. Marc Lindgren

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    There is a seller on Ebay named "themetalmerchant" that sells telescoping steel, check him out.

    P.S. I am not affiliated with this seller or ebay in any way. I'm only trying to help you find what you're looking for.
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    Perforated steel tubing telescopes but different sizes don't fit tightly to each other. You have to use telescoping type tubing where the walls are thicker so the tube inside fits tightly but still slides. The seam welds are made smooth also. Its very expensive on ebay but I live in a major city and I still can't find it locally.
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    Thank you @Marc Lindgren , @noorbeast and @BlazinH
    @BlazinH I can confirm that the telescoping perforated steel tubing from local hardware supply had WAY too much wiggle room.

    Other than the supplier I mentioned I happened to only find one other, and was set to go with steel telescoping since it's every where. However, in the scrap section of a local metal supply shop I happened to find a size tube they don't normally stock that fits the bill :)