Pipe Benders

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  1. Switchblade315

    Switchblade315 Long timer

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    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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    138 people have looked at this and no one has any info to share?:huh
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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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    p0diabl0 Been here awhile

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    Well if you were on a KLR I'd suggest to you a conduit bender...
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  6. USAIR

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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.

    Fred
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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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    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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    In the same boat as you. I thought about something like this http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200256024_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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    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/tools/product_7826_7826
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Edit------- was it this one?

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

    Fred
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