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Old 02-10-2014, 06:55 AM   #16
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http://www.gottrikes.com/Tube_Bender.htm

Some people have built their own. Probably the best resource is pirate4x4.com in the shop and tools section.

I have a jd2 model 3 and converted to air/hydro with a harbor freight jack. It's a little hoopty, but it works ok. I eventually want to get a real hydraulic ram as I have a spare hydraulic power unit.

The dies for the jd are $150 and up. I have 3-4 total. The actual bender is about $300. They come up for sale often on pirate and clist especially in areas where 4wheeling is popular.

Lots of people have tried to bend tubing without a real bender. There is a reason that it's not a cheap too. To keep the tubing from collapsing and kinking, the dies need to be well engineered. The bends from mine are always perfect and with the hydraulic jack, electronic protractor, and a magnetic angle finder it's not hard to get consistent results.

Fortunately the resale market for dies and benders is very strong. You could buy one used, and sell it after the project and not take much of a hit at all. The jd benders are def the most popular.
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:07 PM   #17
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These are the Cadillac of tube benders. I used them at work.

http://www.diacro.com/benders/hand-operated-benders.php
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Old 02-11-2014, 08:34 AM   #18
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These are the Cadillac of tube benders. I used them at work.

http://www.diacro.com/benders/hand-operated-benders.php
Those look expensive.
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Old 02-11-2014, 02:07 PM   #19
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Compact Tubing Bender

I'm faced with a similar issue on my KLX 450 R, there is only one rack available for the bike and it doesn't fit my needs. So, after doing some research, I have come to this conclusion: make it myself. I recently purchased a compact tubing bender from Harbor Freight along with a wire welder. The bender was less than 90 bucks! The welder was less than 115! Went to the friendly neighborhood Home Depot and picked up some 1/2 inch square tubing. It was about 10 dollars a stick. Now I am in the process of building a rack. I've made a couple of bends and welds and both work like a dream! Might consider checking Harbor Freight. Hope this was helpful.
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I'm faced with a similar issue on my KLX 450 R, there is only one rack available for the bike and it doesn't fit my needs. So, after doing some research, I have come to this conclusion: make it myself. I recently purchased a compact tubing bender from Harbor Freight along with a wire welder. The bender was less than 90 bucks! The welder was less than 115! Went to the friendly neighborhood Home Depot and picked up some 1/2 inch square tubing. It was about 10 dollars a stick. Now I am in the process of building a rack. I've made a couple of bends and welds and both work like a dream! Might consider checking Harbor Freight. Hope this was helpful.
Edit------- was it this one?



Please post photos when done.
My plan is to do the same thing...going to check out HF bender.

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Old 02-11-2014, 02:45 PM   #21
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My plan is to do the same thing...going to check out HF bender.

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I bought the HF bender, it doesn't have a stand but I bolt it and all the other benders I have to the corner of my welding table. Works good and easily removed when not needed.
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I bought the HF bender, it doesn't have a stand but I bolt it and all the other benders I have to the corner of my welding table. Works good and easily removed when not needed.
Thank You Sir

Another Edit-------interesting video HF Compact Bender





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that hf is for rod and strap.
look at the experimental aircraft sites for bending info,I think some have filled the tube with sand and had good results.
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:08 AM   #24
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I kinda new to metal working so...
I want to make some wolfman type racks

What about these?
Northern Tool $150



Harbor Fright $170



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Old 02-13-2014, 05:11 AM   #25
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Those roll large radius bends. I have one it's a deal for what you get. Swag off road builds hop up kits for rolling heavy tubing.

They wouldn't be helpful for racks though
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:22 AM   #26
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I kinda new to metal working so...
I want to make some wolfman type racks

What about these?
Northern Tool $150



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That is the one I mentioned and linked earlier. Did you catch the .047 max wall thickness?
Review of one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_9RbST9TeU

Notice the kink and not 180 degree @:45 in this vid.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59qPY3o3jq8

Forgot to add they had it on sale for $100 a week or so ago.
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That is the one I mentioned and linked earlier. Did you catch the .047 max wall thickness?
Review of one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_9RbST9TeU

Notice the kink and not 180 degree @:45 in this vid.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59qPY3o3jq8

Boy he didn't like that bender at all.
I'm going to keep looking

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The bar thing seems like a non issue but the kinks and not being able to get a full 180 would be if you want to copy wolfman. If you wanted to do to make it more square then it might work.
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Old 02-14-2014, 04:52 PM   #30
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JD2 or pro tools 105

either will run $700+ new

and those are the cheap tubing benders
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