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Bending tubing???

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by stallion85, May 22, 2005.

  1. stallion85

    stallion85 1/2 ton status

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    What tricks do you guys use to make sure the bends on opposite sides are the same? Do you lay the first bent side on a flat surface that has been leveled while you bend the other side??

    My Dad and I are building my bumpers, but he only has experience with square tubing, which is obviously not a problem. He has a hydraulic bender with a 2" die we have been using on one test piece and then called it a night.

    Any tips from past experiences would be greatly aprreciated.

    Thanks,

    Jeff
     
  2. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    If you make sure the bender is level the rest is pretty easy. We would get the first bend done, then move the tube to where it needed to be for the second bend. My buddy would drop the 4 foot level across the first bend while I put slight pressure on the bender handle. Then he would rotate the tube until the level showed true.

    Everything we bent that had two opposing bends like roll cage hoops, bemper pieces etc all came out flat.

    Rene
     
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  4. stallion85

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    Thanks for the replies guys, that article on Pirate is pretty awesome :D
     

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