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Old 02-09-2014, 08:43 AM   #1
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Pipe Benders

Ok guys. I'm getting a new Honda CB500X and I'm adding some farkles to it but the side racks and bags are freaking over priced. I want to make my own. I need a pipe bender and some advice on what pipe/rod or what not to use to build the racks. And I'm going to be using soft bags and ammo cans for boxes. yeah I'm depleting my funds on heated grips, bigger windshield, center stand, and a shop manual, things i cant build.

so show me what you used.
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Old 02-09-2014, 04:19 PM   #2
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138 people have looked at this and no one has any info to share?
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Old 02-09-2014, 04:42 PM   #3
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If you knew what size pipe you needed, and type of metal, it would be really easy to steer you towards a pipe bending set up.if you have no idea, then I'd say that it'll be way cheaper to just buy the finished product.
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Hey Switchblade,
Here's a link to a thread covering the same subject
http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...ht=pipe+bender
Read through. A number of tools were suggested.
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Old 02-09-2014, 04:45 PM   #5
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Well if you were on a KLR I'd suggest to you a conduit bender...
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Old 02-09-2014, 04:54 PM   #6
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Conduit bender will have a wide sweep probably not what you need.
I seen guys take and weld two short pipe nipples onto another piece if pipe put it into a vise.
Bend between the two spaced nipples.

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Old 02-09-2014, 08:23 PM   #7
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Hey Switchblade,
Here's a link to a thread covering the same subject
http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...ht=pipe+bender
Read through. A number of tools were suggested.

yeah this has some of the ideas in it i was looking for. thanks.
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Old 02-09-2014, 10:48 PM   #8
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What you want is a tubing bender, not a pipe or conduit bender.

https://www.swagelok.com/search/find...9-501f774bb60d

http://www.faucetdirect.com/ridgid-3...FShk7Aod-2AAfA

Swagelok and Rigid are not cheap but are high quality. You can get cheaper ones, too.

I'd suggest using 1/2" annealed SS tubing. You can get mild steel tubing as well.
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Old 02-10-2014, 05:47 AM   #9
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By the time you do it right it will cost at least as much as buying the rack. As a bonus if you do it yourself you'll have an expensive tool you'll probably never use again.
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:20 AM   #10
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What about buying the berg Briggs premade hoops? Then it's just welding the hoops to the bike rack.

I have a real tubing bender and it was not cheap. Neither are the dies. You need to have more than one tube bending project for it to be even remotely worth while. That said, it's awesome having a tubing bender, I use mine in spurts but when I need it, nothing else will substitute.
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:35 AM   #11
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In the same boat as you. I thought about something like this http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...6024_200256024 but after further review decided I wouldn't be happy. There is a review of the woodward on youtube showing why and even northerns video of the wel-bilt on youtube shows a 180 bend that isn't too pretty.
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:40 AM   #12
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By the time you do it right it will cost at least as much as buying the rack. As a bonus if you do it yourself you'll have an expensive tool you'll probably never use again.

well actually its a tool I would use quite a bit if I had it. And the racks are 400 bucks. the bags for them are 600 each. yeah there's some aftermarket out there but not a lot and it's not much cheaper. I'm looking at getting the tool the tubing and a 2 sets of ammo cans, big and small and being under $250 and have the satisfaction of building it my self.

also I have a set of Givi boxes for my FZ1 so I can copy them and just mod the shape according to the CB500X as needed and just make them work with the Givi boxes and I'm not even out the full $250.

and I was thinking of something like this.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...duct_7826_7826
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and I was thinking of something like this.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...duct_7826_7826
That isn't a tubing bender. It would work ok for solid rod.
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Old 02-10-2014, 07:21 AM   #14
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By the time you do it right it will cost at least as much as buying the rack. As a bonus if you do it yourself you'll have an expensive tool you'll probably never use again.
I have a few of those. Usually because I was doing something that wasn't available already and didn't know anyone with the right tool.

Cheap pipe benders are not tubing benders.
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Old 02-10-2014, 07:28 AM   #15
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Pipe and tubing are different. Tubing is measured by outside diameter, pipe by nominal inside diameter. Pipe benders and tubing benders are not interchangeable. Disregard if you already knew this.

Edit: Oops. 205'd by Laconic.
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