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Batwings & steering arms- steel thickness

I'm considering fabricating my own batwings for a 4-bar solid axle front suspension. I'm tentatively thinking of using 1/4" steel for the upright sides of the batwing (the parts that sandwich the rod ends of the 4-bars). As a reality check, I wonder if anyone might be willing to measure their "store-bought" batwings and let me know what thickness of steel was used on theirs.

Also, I've seen some steering arms in the Speedway catalog that look like they were fabricated out of flat steel stock, then tabs bent up where the arms bolt to the spindles. I'm tentatively thinking that 3/8" thick steel would be appropriate for this purpose. Has anyone heard of either good or bad results with this design of steering arm? Would anyone be able to disclose what thickness of steel was used on these or similar arms?

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I use 3/8" minimum for steering arms. Light cars only ( 2500 lb. or less). Actually I make my steering arms that attach to the lower spindle/backing plate from 3/8" extruded angle. This insures no metal problems from ends being bent to fit.
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Bob, that's a very good suggestion. I can see much merit to your approach, thanks for the helpful tip!
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