Roof header materials must be high in tensile strength, low in weight to lower the vehicle center of gravity, high in toughness, and integration-friendly. A commonly utilized alloy utilized is 6082 aluminum, a which delivers strength, toughness, extrudability – and that converts multiple steel stampings to an efficient, one-piece extrusion on Ford’s flagship vehicle, the F-150.
The weight savings is real, and significant: The Front (Roof) Header on the Ford F-150 delivers 2.9 kg weight savings! Extruded roof headers, bows, and rails play a key role in the protection of the passenger compartment on the F-150, which is one of the world's top-selling vehicles.
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