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poorboy racing 53
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 21
posted November 07, 2005 11:31 PM  
Has anyone used one of these manual benders? I recently got one but have yet to try it out. Any tips on the die setups? Here's a link to one on ebay. Thanks. http://cgi.ebay.com/Clarke-Floor-Mount-Parts-Bender-for-Metalworking_W0QQitemZ7560873007QQcategoryZ92150QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

redneck racing
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posted November 08, 2005 04:36 AM  
Had one just like it from Harbor Freight, it wont bend the 1 3/4 tubing, this bender is designed to bend smaller and lighter tubing, when we tried the bigger pipe we bent the bender, ended up getting a hydraulic one from Harbor Freight. Eddie

crazybry46
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 17
posted November 08, 2005 10:41 AM  
Yes, that bender will not bend the .095 wall 1 3/4. We tried this also. The hydralic bender will work, but if I remember right we had to use a die size that was too small (1 1/2 i belive, otherwise it simply kinked the tube). Just our experience.

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Ego Racing
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posted November 08, 2005 12:21 PM  
The hydraulic bender that Harbor freight sells is for pipe NOT TUBING. The compression type of bender will not correctly bend roll cage tubing and could result in cage failure. You need a bender specifically made to bend tubing, that is why you had to use a 1 1/2 inch die to fit 1 3/4 inch tubing. You would not use pipe for your roll cage so why use a pipe bender to bend it. Spend the extra money and get the correct bender. If nothing else get a few people together and buy one. Your Life and well being are worth it.

dirtyboy58
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 40
posted November 08, 2005 03:45 PM  
you got it right EGO

crazybry46
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 17
posted November 09, 2005 10:02 PM  
Any recomendations on where to fine a tubing bender? Everywhere I look I always come up with a pipe bender (sometimes refered to a tubing bender though)
I do agree 100% though.
Want to be scared?? Our track was alowing water pipe for the challengers (bombers). One guy went out and bought all the darned angles and fittings to "thread" a cage together....
But yes EGO is 100% right

DJR22
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 111
posted November 09, 2005 11:16 PM  
I've seen a cruiser car with a pipe roll cage that was threaded together...about 2.5" pipe.

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Steve Dupree
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posted November 10, 2005 04:04 AM  
Ebay is a good place to keep your eye open. I have seen a good one go there for 750.00 with three dies and thats pretty cheap.

Ego Racing
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Total posts: 727
posted November 10, 2005 05:42 AM  
Pro Tools at www.Pro-Tools.com
Speedway Motors at www.speedwaymotors.com
US Tool Tool & Die at 813-664-1055
Mittler Brothers at www.mittlerbros.com
Van Sant at www.vansantent.com

All of these sell benders, some are more than others but they also have some prteey cool tools on the sites also.
I own the US tool and die bender. When looking look at the price of dies as when I got mine this is where the biggest difference was. That and US tool is not to far from where I live. I also went and looked at the Pro unit and it is REALLY NICE! I would have got it but they did not have one when I needed it and I would of had to wait for it. I had some work I had to get done ASAP so I could not wait.
Both US Tools and PRO offer good price on dies. If you do not have the shop room for a horizontal model the one from Speedway with the jack is a great choice.

Ego Racing
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Total posts: 727
posted November 10, 2005 05:48 AM  
FORGOT.... I was at a track where a guy showed up with a street stock with a 2x4 roll cage! WOOD! He argued for about 2 hours that it was engineered to take a 4000lb impact. This was the same guy who showed up about 6 months later witht he seat belts duct taped to the cage. He just wrapped them around and around until it was the right lenget and taped them up. Not a bolt in sight! Heck it was not even tied around the tube.

juni
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 184
posted November 10, 2005 08:24 AM  
What part of the world did he come from I think we have some of his kin folk living around here their last name is dumass . LOL

15a
Dirt Freak

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posted November 10, 2005 12:48 PM  
Did he "shear wall" the driver side for a door plate?

crazybry46
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 17
posted November 12, 2005 01:08 AM  
I looked at the one from speedway, and a few others. I really like the speedway one (especially cost & room wise!) Hmm.. does it bend 2x4's???
OOOHH I got it --- OSB fenders!!
Balsa rotors (weight savings)!
and with all this flamable s*** in the car, I hear crazybry racing now offers a custom fuelcell & seat combo! ALL IN ONE!
Hmm... should I mount it in the cage or the trunk..


Wow. I thought the water pipe was bad....

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PEDDLER
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posted November 13, 2005 06:00 AM  
One can use the Harbor Frieght "PIPE" bender by making some shims the fit the "PIPE dies that come with the bender. Pipe and tubing are a different outer size.

Take a piece of tubing the size you are bending, or several sizes for that fact, to someone that has a correct "TUBING" bender. Have them bend the tubing so as to fit your "PIPE DIE" then cut in half long way to make a shim. By being careful, this will work.

Ego Racing
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Total posts: 727
posted November 13, 2005 04:23 PM  
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Originally posted by PEDDLER:
One can use the Harbor Frieght "PIPE" bender by making some shims the fit the "PIPE dies that come with the bender. Pipe and tubing are a different outer size.

Take a piece of tubing the size you are bending, or several sizes for that fact, to someone that has a correct "TUBING" bender. Have them bend the tubing so as to fit your "PIPE DIE" then cut in half long way to make a shim. By being careful, this will work.


Pipe benders are "CRUSH" type benders and should NEVER be used to bend tubing. Tubing requires a "STRETCH" type bender where the tubing is drawn over the die not pressed into it. Call ANY Chassis shop and ask.
This is VERY DANGEROUS advice to give anyone. Using a crush type bender is putting a time bomb in your chassis waiting to go off.

[This message has been edited by Ego Racing (edited November 13, 2005).]

dirtyboy58
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 40
posted November 14, 2005 07:48 AM  
JUST GOT A PRO TOOLS ELECTRIC OVER HYDRAULIC WELL WORTH SPENDING THE MONEY INSTEAD OF TRYING TO MAKE SOMETHING THAT MIGHT OR MIGHT NOT WORK

PEDDLER
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 447
posted November 15, 2005 05:53 PM  
I won't get into a debate over this but any bender deforms tubing. I understand what your saying and how each works, but as I said "IF YOU BE CAREFUL" it will work.

    

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