ThunderChickenI recently found some leftover tube steel and I'm planning on making into some rails in my welding class. I have the basic design for it down but does anyone know what height is best to allow for some spins? I can't see myself doing anything bigger than a 4 off as I just learned that this year but i'm curious how much room I might need to get that around. Thanks ns
theabortionator2 things. Height really depends, but a lot of people build things too tall. Kinks too steep etc, because it doesnt look that wild.
Also what are you setting it in, how much snow do you have. Will you use this as a summer rail? It's good to dig it in a bit so that its stable. Id recomend going wide ish on the feet for backyard so its more versatile for low snow, or summer time.
Try and think about what you want not what looked cool. A lot of heavily hit rails at mountains are only a foot and a half high. Some of the shit in the smaler parks much lower.
I would go length over height. You dont want to build an 8 foot long rail, you'll get bored of it, but you dont want something too tall. You wan always stack it on snow, even put cinder blocked under and snow around it or something if its too soft and sinking on you.
Also can weld tabs for skirting, that makes it a little heavier but you can run thin ply and the ply holds it in place way better than just legs. The legs have less surface area and also metal heats up in the sun and melts. And them you can paint the skirting. A little heavier to move but a 14' 1.5' tall with skirting if done with 8th inch can be moved by 1 person real easy.
14' is a pretty good size rail imo. Long enough to get a trick but pretty short feeling.
But yeah it all depends on what you like. Maybe find a rail that you like in your mountains park and loosely use it for reference.
Good luck man! Building your own rails is sick!