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    homemade spacers

    hi all,

    first post here, but have been reading awhile.


    Anyone ever use copper pipe as a spacer? I have piece that will fit perfect and I kinda like the look ofthe copper, just curious if there is any draw backs to the copper over using pvc or even regular spacers (other then asthetics).

    thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgoak
    ... copper pipe as a spacer? ...
    Why not? Metal weighs more than plastic but it ain't much and I'll bet that copper on there will look cool... gets that funky patina with time.

    Go for it I say and have a unique wheel.

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    copper in contact with other metals

    I have heard that copper can have some reactions with other metals, but don't know much about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hu-man
    I have heard that copper can have some reactions with other metals, but don't know much about it.
    that's what i'm worried about, that and it's a softer metal, wondering if would wear down......

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgoak
    hi all,

    first post here, but have been reading awhile.


    Anyone ever use copper pipe as a spacer? I have piece that will fit perfect and I kinda like the look ofthe copper, just curious if there is any draw backs to the copper over using pvc or even regular spacers (other then asthetics).

    thanks in advance.
    The thickness of most spacers used (including homemade PVC spacers) may help keep the cog vertical on the freehub body, especially the thin steel cogs.

    Not sure copper pipe would have enough wall thickness to be effective or durable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    The thickness of most spacers used (including homemade PVC spacers) may help keep the cog vertical on the freehub body, especially the thin steel cogs.

    Not sure copper pipe would have enough wall thickness to be effective or durable.
    I had the same thought. That said, why not try it? You're not going to do any harm if it dosn't work perfectly. I'd give it a go and see what happens.

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