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Old December 28th, 2009, 12:57 AM   #1
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anyone use these type before? do they work well, or is it just complicated getting them setup? I'm sure it would be better then magnets, or a friend with a welding glove, but it seems like getting the right angle adjusted in might be a PITA...




http://www.vansantent.com/tube_positioners.htm

price is low enough, I may just buy them instead of building them
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ya we had some like that in school. they worked pretty good. the problem with them was the center section where they connect to each other wasnt the tightest. but they work a whole lot better then having a friend holding them and getting the right angle and flush contact to each other.

id spend the cash for a set for the garage if i planned on doing any amount of tube work.
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95geo built himself a set that looked pretty good. I never heard how they panned out.
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95geo built himself a set that looked pretty good. I never heard how they panned out.
They worked perfect! and the way I did the pivots it worked better than one central hinge. I used 2.0" muffler tubing for the 1.75" tube clamp and used hose clamps on either end. you could set the clamping system up a little differently but I liked how it worked with hose clamps. I could slide the tube in the clamp and it'll still hold it in place without gouging it with a bolt. They are like another 3 sets of hands that dont get shaky. You can see them in my build thread somewhere if you want some ideas.
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You can see them in my build thread somewhere if you want some ideas.

glad you cover your bases, I was gonna ask for pics!
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this design does look a bit easier to adjust, since it allows each tube to be adjusted seperatley from the other tube
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the ones that 95geo made look slick, I guess maybe I will build a set
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I had something like those when I was build engine mounts out of tube and they worked good. I had 12 of them and could mock up the whole mount before I started welding. The one's I had our tool maker made for me and they where a little more advance but the same concept.
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I'm thinking along the lines of making them with angle instead of half tube, so they work on a larger variety of tubing sizes...I tend to do stuff with lots of different sizes, from about 3/4 up to about 2 inch
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