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Would a 2x2x .125 be sufficient for a frame for a back halfed fox body with a 10 point roll cage. I was thinking it might work to run rails under front rails, then bolt k member under that, and continue those to the rear for over the rear axle, its acceptable size for nhra specs, I know round tube is much lighter in chrome moly but wouldn't that take many more pieces to be as strong?
1 5/8x .083 moly 1.36lbs/ft
1 5/8x.143 dom 2.13lbs/ft
2x2x.125 3.08lbs/ft
2x3x.125 3.7lbs/ft
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Like college engineering all over again.
Depending on the budget, the round tube will be much better for you.
The square tube is for fabricating your engine stand, not the car itself.
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Kinda depends on what the intended use/class/cert you are aiming for.

For a simple NHRA 8.50 & slower legal full roll cage install 2x2x.125 square tube is kinda overkill going by what the rule book minimum is. The rule book basically says that any frame member (frame rail, or crossmember, or outrigger, or etc) that any required roll cage main structure (main hoop, windshield down bars, rear main hoop support bars) sits on/attaches to has a minim OD & wall thickness of either 2x2x.058 square tubing, or 1.625x.118 mild steel round tubing, or 1.625x.083 'moly round tubing.

In this example if no part of the full roll cage main structure sits on the actual main frame rails (they all sit on crossmembers an/or outriggers) then there is no minimum size for the main frame rails (and/or subframe connectors) and you can use tubing as small/thin as you want.

If you want to go faster than 8.50 then you need one of the SFI 25.4/25.5 spec chassis books. In this situation using 2x2x.125 square will either be overkill (main frame rail minimum, 2x2x.065 square, or 1.500x.065 'moly round, or 1.500x.108 m/s round), or not big enough (main hoop crossmember minimum, 2x3x.083 rectangle, or 1.625x.083 'moly round, or 1.625x.118 m/s round).

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