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Is there a best material for frame sliders?

Hey guys, been a while since I've posted.

Question for any engineers or those knowledgable of such things.

Is there a best material for a frame slider? I've seen them made from everything from Delrin to aluminum to steel. Is there an upside to any of them other than cost/weight?

Planning on making my own and trying to decide what material to use. I'm no engineer so I thought I'd toss the question out there.

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Rock Hard Delrin is what most of the better sliders are made of.

anything softer might make it grabby which is what you do not want, cause it will do more damage to your bike if it grabs, jutters while sliding or digs in and then the bike flips.

So probably no to skate board wheels unless they are Hard Delrin.
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That's what I was thinking... Still trying to figure out the trick to machining Delrin,I've either gotten a very rough finish or a melted finish that looks like crap. Admittedly I haven't worked with it much but ill do some experimenting...

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I would say they you need a curved tip like a 'U' to make the side cuts.
Perpendicular and internal angles can be done with a paring tool.

You have to play with it - rate of cut and speed of rotation vs heat generated.
Yes tools heat up and the heat will affect your cut... try lubricating with cutting fluid or spray water to keep the tip cool would be my best suggestion. Delrin is resistant to oil and cutting coolant - water will only affect your tools if you do not clean it up after cutting.

Your finish depends on the tools you use - make sure they are very sharp... as I don't think you will get a nice finish with any sanding or file work like with metal - it would just roughen the surface as it heats and melts.
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Eric over the FJR Owners forum made some frame sliders out of Derlin and he machined them to his specs. They turned out nice.

Here is the link,
http://www.fjrowners.com/forums/15-g...olution-3.html

He asked for people to PM him if they have any questions. If you don't want to join that forum to PM him, myself or Weljo can do it for you or have him contact you directly.........

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Would steel work? That would be awesome!

Could weld some up and make them hollow for weight out of pipe and make a cool design!





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