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Old 06-01-2011, 01:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Harbor Freight Pipe Bender Mods

Yeah yeah yeah, everyone will die in a fiery death if they use it... that's been covered.

What hasn't been covered as much is how to modify the poop pipe kinker to make smooth, clean bends.

My buddy asked for some tips and pictures on how I made mine, but figured a short video was easier.

Anyway, for anyone who's interested here is the link to the vid. Of course, you'll probably die if you use it...blah blah blah.

YouTube - ‪Harbor Freight pipe bender modified for bending tube‬‏

For what it's worth, I would suggest only using quality 1 1/4" pipe (preferably structural grade) or 1 5/8" tube (preferably DOM). Use your head and don't use crap metal for A, B, C pillars, etc. Be smart and this route can be effective.
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Noice! I've just been using the multiple bend treatment on mine. It does ok, but always leaves a small dimple on the inside of the bend. I'll have to give this a try. What did you use to make the u-strap that goes around the top of the die? Thanks for posting.
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That is a good idea. I have friends who won't pony up for a real bender who would benefit from this immensely.

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Old 06-01-2011, 05:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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What did you use to make the u-strap that goes around the top of the die?
flatbar
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bolt
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flatbar
drill
nut
bolt
Exactly.

I think I used 1" x 1/8" (might have been 3/16) flatbar. I bent the flatbar around a piece of bigger tube/pipe to get the right radius. Drilled holes on each side of the flatbar for the pin/bolt to pass through die and hold in place. I drilled a hole in the top of the bent flatbar and welded a 3/8" nut over the hole for a bolt to thread into, which clamps the tube/pipe to the die.

Couple other notes. I didn't come up with this solution. Other folks did. I just decided to make a quick vid and post it.

Once you bend the tube and remove from the bender, use a hammer to get the die off the tube.

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it's been covered, very well indeed - just in the Shop/Tools section, you know - where the Shop and tool stuff is
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it's been covered, very well indeed - just in the Shop/Tools section, you know - where the Shop and tool stuff is
I suppose someone can move it if they want to... you know - to the Shop and Tool section
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bringing this back to the top.

Didn't somebody use to make tube dies for this bender?

I thought Swag Off Road did, but cant find them now, just the roll benders.

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