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Who had the manual hydro tube bender?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Bubba Ray Boudreaux, Sep 22, 2002.

  1. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    Got some questions for you. Thanks.....
     
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    so which one is it? manual or hydro?
     
  3. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    It was using a engine hoist ram from Harbor Freight. I got the same ram, and using what the guy told me, I finally tried it out today and the ram wouldn't go. The problem is the ram is meant to work vertically, but the guy told me to bleed the ram and fill it as much as possible with hydro oil and it would go. Mine's not working horizontally and I was going to turn the bender so the ram would be vertical, but the way the bender is mounted, I would have to redrill a couple of holes and re-angle the bender. I am hoping to get some tech help on this ram, cause throwing $100 down on a Porta Power right now isn't an option. So far, I have found a ram on EBay that is about the same thing, the seller said it would work horizontally.
     
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    The bender from William Lo Buck works horizontally. Maybe you can get a new ram/jack from them
     
  5. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    The jack setup on their's is vertical.
     
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    ZZ4x4 on here uses a horizontal ram...drop him a line.
     
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    My neighbor uses his with it laying down. Maybe he is just lucky and it happens to work that way.
     
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    Howdy folks. Bubba, yup, I have the Harbor Freight ram and it is working fine on it's side... but do this:
    -Hold the ram vertically and extend the ram all the way.
    -Lay the ram down with the rubber stopper on the top side.
    -Pull off the little rubber stopper on the side of the ram and fill it up with hydraulic fluid until it over flows.
    -Replace the stopper.
    -Mount the ram with the little open/close valve on the top side with the pump lever pointing up and it should work now.
    I have not had any problems with fluid leaking out being this full, even when I return the ram to its upright position.
    Good luck.
    JT
    Added a couple pics of bender http://jt-k5.rockcrawler.com/bender.html
     
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    Thanks. I'll give it one more go around this weekend and see if I can't get this thing going. I'm ready to bend some tubing.
     
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    All righty. I redid the fluid fill 'em idea and slapped a piece of 1.25" DOM into the 1.75" (just had to test) and the darn thing is working now. Only problem is apparently my mounting base is not good enough. I have the bender mounted on 3/16", and then went through a piece of 1.5" .120 wall square tubing. The bender was moving, so how thick do you recommend the mounting base be? I found a chunk of .25" steel, weld that onto the table?
     
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    Bubba,

    post a pic of your set up, i would really like to see how it is going!

    TIA! /forums/images/icons/cool.gif
     
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    Yeah, let's see pics. Are you using a tube or pipe bender???
     
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    Don't have digital camera and don't know if the roll of film that's getting ready to go in has any pics, but since I'll be clicking next Saturday at the Off Road Expo, I'll make there's some pics of it.

    Even though the die is 1.75", seemed like I wasn't having too much problem testing it on the 1.25" DOM I have, so I may end up doing some front shock hoops here real soon. /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
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    Ok if the regular hand pumped jack works on it's side, how bout this air over hydraulic one?? Anyone try it yet?

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=43227

    I wonder if the air cylider can be moved so it would work on it's side. For $90 that would be a hell of a nice deal since the Pro Tools/JD2 air/hydraulic setup is like $1000. As soon as I get some extra cash laying around I'm gonna get this and try it, sure would beat the Hi-lift setup I have now! /forums/images/icons/wink.gif
     
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    what did the JD3 cost you?
     
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    $600. I got a degree wheel with it, from reading, don't think it's needed. Didn't have a chance to see if I needed it yesterday. I bent the mounting bolts that came with the bender /forums/images/icons/grin.gif. So looks like I've got some welding to do to the table to stabilize everything.
     
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    Don't know. Probably be worth the try. Is there a mounting hole on the ram itself?
     
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    wanna bend me up some rear shock mounts??? /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
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    Well, if you're not in a rush. Since I'm not getting home til dark from work, it'll probably be a couple more weeks before I get it hooked back up. And I still have to learn myself how to use it.

    What size tubing are you planning on using? /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     

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