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Bending 1'' tube with a 1 3/4" Die

Discussion in 'Shop - Fabrication' started by MX808, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. MX808

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    Is it possible to do without squishing the tube?
     
  2. Chase 2

    Chase 2 Well-Known Member

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    Test to see if you can get away with the tube filled with sand before bending You may or may not get away with it.
     
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  4. MX808

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    Thats what i was thinking because i have bent square tubing like that before.
     
  5. Baileigh Inc

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    I have heard mixed results from this
     
  6. Triaged

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    Because sand got brought up you might want to take a look at this.
     

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  7. Brock_Beeson

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    i would never recommend this on anything that might save/ risk your life.
     
  8. Baileigh Inc

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    Sand bending tube looks like a ton of monkey-ing around.
     
  9. Triaged

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    But you would trust your life to a 1" tube bent in a 1.75" die? Obviously not. But if you are going to pack it in sand using the technique in that article might help you out (namely using washed sand and a soft wood slapper). It might also help you bend thin wall 1.75" tubing in your thick wall 1.75" die to do exhaust work.
     
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    This is how tube was bent before they created mandrel benders. They also use this method in water jacketed exhausts.
     
  12. MX808

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    I would do that if i would use it more than twice. All i need for is to make 2 bends to make a new light bar for my car. It just didnt seem cost effective to buy a die thats only going to be used twice. I have started the light bar and will post some pics after i make the bends.
     
  13. Baileigh Inc

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    :cool:

    :cool: Keep us posted. I'm interested to see what will happen
     
  14. Chase 2

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    So, how did it come out???
     
  15. FABRICATOR

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    Been there done that, sand bending sucks.
     
  16. MX808

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    Came out really well i will get some pics of it tonight and get them up asap.
     
  17. wrightracing.net

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    I hope it works for you but in the past I had it flatten out a bit but I did not use sand. I just cot a die for my model 4 bender for $200 and it is just one of those sizes you should have. Sizes to have are 1", 1.25", 1.5", 1.75" and 2". I just need to get a 1.25" die and I will have a full set, then I am thinking of picking up some square tube dies.
     
  18. RoosterBooster

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    bringing back this older thread to add a "trick" that was not mentioned ;)

    some time ago i needed to make some clean 1.25 bends in a hurry but i had only a 1.5 and 1.75 die.... so i bended a scrap section of 1.5 x .120 DOM , removed the bended tube , split it in half with the plasma, cleaned it up, and bingo; i got myself a dirt cheap 1.25 bender insert :p .... works perfect for that dimensions that i dont use very often ;)
     
  19. MX808

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    Hey thanks for bringing this back up i had pictures but couldnt find the thread. I will have to go out in my shop tomarrow and get some new ones with the lights mounted on it.
     
  20. ZTFab

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    I mentioned that in this thread....which I posted the link to on the first page. ;)

    Here is my post from the other thread:

    That trick works great. I learned it from Dave Turner.
     

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