Originally Posted by WIsixfitty
stainless steel is not only harder but also has a higher tensile strength than regular carbon/cold rolled steels. Almost all of the loads will be in tension for this part.
304 is the most common Stainless steel.
I made mine out of SS too. From the looks I even went with a shade thinner material.
They will be just fine.
As someone who deals with all kinds of stainless steel, every day, I couldn't agree more with WIsixfitty, except... A very high carbon steel will be "harder" but typical Stainless is much tougher..
That link, made of 304 SS will outlast the bike, several times over..
If it were mine, I'd polish it up to give it a good shine and slap it in, and forget about it forever.. It's got a mill finish, so I'd hit it with a 80 grit sanding disk, and then the highest grit thing you can find, or Scotchbrite to put a shine on it.. Just remember never to grind or polish with something that's been used on mild steel.. Always use a new disk, or you'll impregnate mild steel into it and cause it to rust..
There, now you know more about your link than you'll ever need.. :lol: