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Docol® R8 Tube Specifications

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1.750" x .095" Docol® Tube R8

Docol® Tube R8 are certified tubes that are engineered to provide a stronger, safer, more consistent alternative to 4130 CD seamless tube. This will allow you to build a faster, more consistent, longer lasting racecar that allows better utilization of tuning components.

Docol® Tube R8 undergoes special heat treatment in a continuous annealing line, producing a two-phase structure. Ferrite that imparts unique forming properties represents one phase, and martensite that accounts for the strength represents the other phase. Docol® is not a standard High Strength Steel (HSS), therefore during application and design, it is imperative to contact A.E.D. METAL PRODUCTS for specific technical properties.

Advanced High-Strength Steels (AHSS) are complex, sophisticated materials, with carefully selected chemical compositions and multiphase microstructures resulting from precisely controlled heating and cooling processes. The principal difference between conventional HSS and AHSS is their microstructure. Conventional HSS are single-phase ferritic steels with a potential for some pearlite in C-Mn steels. AHSS are primarily steels with a microstructure containing a phase other than ferrite, pearlite, or cementite.

Advanced High-Strength Steels like Docol® Tube R8 are not your mild steels of yesterday; rather they are uniquely engineered to meet the challenges of today's vehicles for stringent regulations, emissions reduction, and solid performance at affordable costs.

Key Advantages of Docol®

  • Stronger than 4130 by 10 to 15 percent.
  • Heat Affected Zone (HAZ) in Docol® is much smaller in area, less brittle and retains better elongation than 4130 typically does.
  • Docol® is much more tolerant to heavy fabrication. It does not warp and distort like 4130 and stays more relaxed in tooling and fixtures during fabrication.
  • Greater resistance to fatigue.
  • Docol® absorbs energy and presents a more consistent and controlled failure mode.
  • Clean mill finish product - minimal, if any, surface prep required. Docol® does not have an oxide or decarb layer and looks like a high quality electric welded tube.
  • Accurate and consistent dimensional and mechanical properties because this material is a rolled and welded strip.
  • Compatible with welding to 4130 and mild steel components.
  • Suitable for TIG and MIG welding.
  • Clean "no scrap" based material.

Technical Information

  • As a seam-welded product, for best forming results, it is recommended to orient the seam in the neutral position.
  • Welding recommendations: ER80S-D2 filler material for both TIG and MIG welding, although ER70S is also acceptable.
  • Docol as a finished tube is NOT heat treatable material. Any attempt to heat treat Docol may result in what is known as a "dead soft" material with minimal strength value.

Technical Mechanical Properties

Tensile Strength min.
Yield Strength min.
Elongation min. % in 2"
Diameter Tolerance
Wall Thickness Tolerance
116,000 psi
100,000 psi
+/- .006"
+/- .005"