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Old February 21st, 2009, 12:36 PM   #1
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im looking for a tube bender. dont want a real expensive unit that i can build a house with. i mainly want to bend exhaust maby a little light bar or two. where could i find one? id like to be able to bent 3 inch pipe if possible.
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Old February 21st, 2009, 02:20 PM   #2
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Just get a harbour freight kinker or have somebody who has the right equipment do it for you, that will save you a bunch.
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Old February 21st, 2009, 02:23 PM   #3
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[QUOTE=firehawk;1543763]Just get a harbour freight kinker or have somebody who has the right equipment do it for you, that will save you a bunch.[/QUOTE

is the harbour freight junk ? i dont mind it not being the best. thats fine but id like it to last a while. i dont know anyone with a tube bender so ha yea.
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Old February 21st, 2009, 02:40 PM   #4
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the harbor freight ones suck nuts. to get the tube to not kink you have to fill it with sand and cap both ends. you are going to be hard pressed to find one that will do 3"pipe that isnt in the thousands of dollar range. most go up to 2" od. i got the jd2 model 3. it is just over 300 for the bender and then around 300 for each die

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depending on how much you have to do it might be cheaper and you can get a better job done if you just pay someone to bend it for you
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Old February 21st, 2009, 04:24 PM   #5
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Just get a harbour freight kinker or have somebody who has the right equipment do it for you, that will save you a bunch.[/QUOTE

is the harbour freight junk ? i dont mind it not being the best. thats fine but id like it to last a while. i dont know anyone with a tube bender so ha yea.
That depends on who you ask.

Some have used it and said it worked fine, others say it is junk regardless of whether they have used it or not. It can work and it can kink the tubing.

I have a bender that I wouldnt mind making a few bends for you.

I can do 1.5" 1.75" and 2.0"
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Old February 21st, 2009, 09:55 PM   #7
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like my exhaust would be 2.5 or 3. but i can get that done elsewhere. but i wanted to make a little prerunner light bumper for the front of my truck. so maby ill see if i can find a used one. doesnt need to be perfect.
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Old February 22nd, 2009, 09:20 AM   #8
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The harbor freight should be fine for exhaust. It will not work for things like cages!!!!!
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o no im not guna build a cage anytime soon. ha.
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i bought plans and just got done building mine. Only goes to 2" though but doesn't need to be bolted to the floor and uses pro-tools dies. With 2 dies and buying the bushing kit and ram i'm looking at $750 for a air over hydro unit thats mobile. CHEAP if you ask me. Check it out at gottrikes.com
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my dad has the ram so id be good there, but maby ill have to look into that.
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Pipe or Tube....Pipe or Tube....
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Old February 22nd, 2009, 12:02 PM   #13
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Old February 22nd, 2009, 12:08 PM   #14
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search hf tube bender mods they do a good write up as how to mod the dies and rollers for good bends on TUBE but ruins it for pipe.
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i have got trike plans i can email but they are eh... i just bought a jd2 after i built my gottrikes. and i air overed my jd2 for maybe 120 including ram very simple bracket for fitting a hf ram (70-100 bucks)
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