Maybe because it's quarter to 3 and I can't sleep that I dreamt this up but tell me if this would work. The topic is bending exhaust pipe yourself on the cheap. to bend it by hand and not have the pipe collapse, you need something inside to support. check this link out. http://favoriteprojects.com/how_to_build_a_tube_bender.htm I can order a garage door spring custom for about 12 bucks. with a wire size of .135 and an ID of 2.5" would yeild an outer diameter of about 2.77". That should slip just nicely into a 3" 16 guage exhaust pipe assuming a wall thickness of ~.065. the ID of 3" exhaust should be about 2.87". Idea being, insert spring which should bend freely. (how stiff are garage door springs? never messed with them). this would, in theory, allow you to bend pipe without collapse. then, remove spring and viola, custom bent exhaust pipe. Granted, you couldn't do crazy tight u bends but i think it'd be enough to run a custom exhaust on a lifted chevy and be cheaper than buying all the pre bent peices and welding them together. this way, you could buy the straight 4' sections from summit or a local shop and be done with it. use a peice of flex exhaust to do your mock ups then use it as a template to bend the other peices. someone tell me why this wouldn't work. genius or flotsom from a sleep deprived mind trying to be cheap as hell?