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    DIY Tube Bender Dies.

    Being a cheap dutchman and not wanting to drop 300.00 on a die for a tube bender I'm building out of scrap metal I made my own.
    Cost: Sub 50.00.

    I used a 16g 1.875 6in Rad Mandrel Bend bought from CarQuest for 26.00. ID of tube is a hair over 1.75.
    I got a friend at a local shop to CNC Plasma the side plates just because it only cost 10.00 and I'm lazy.
    The rest is scrap metal and time. It is packed with sand to make it solid and rigid.
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    Once I finish the follower I can build the rest of the bender and within a week I'll be done. If all works greata 1.5" die will be made in the same way.
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    Good idea. looking forward to seeing it all done.
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    interesting way to go about it i guess.... thought about making my own too but would do it on a lathe from solid stock
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    I explored many ways of doing it on the lathe at work, but it's just a touch on the smaller side so it would just make it more of a PITA. This was dead simple and probably could of been done in under 1.5hrs.

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    Looks good, I was thinking about doing that but with a pre made die from p/a And just face it and sleeve similar to how you did it but your idea is allot cheaper

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    Plus a pa die is only 90deg. This will almost make a 180deg bend.

    My first try was i cut a bunch of different dia plates stacked them to form the dies. I say that idea on one sight and had scrap plage, but that was a fail.

    I found this idea online. I can't. Find the link but all it was was a pic.

    Anyone interested i can provide you with either the plates or a .dxf/.dwg for use.

    My biggest problem making it was at 12:30am i ran out of gas an wanted it done so bad that i turned go arc welding it to finish.
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    what a kewl idea. far cheaper way to make them.

    curious to see how it works for you.
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    Well it works. I made the mistake of opening up the die a bit to be looser on the tube. It now flattens it a bit. So i need to backfill it with some weld like I did on my PA dies and grind them till they fit A+.

    I also did not like the bender i built so i payed for designs from gottrike and got the materials today. Mine will be full hydo as i have a 24in etroke cylinder from work and a powerpack for it. Not pump jack here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKMotorsports View Post
    Well it works. I made the mistake of opening up the die a bit to be looser on the tube. It now flattens it a bit. So i need to backfill it with some weld like I did on my PA dies and grind them till they fit A+.

    I also did not like the bender i built so i payed for designs from gottrike and got the materials today. Mine will be full hydo as i have a 24in etroke cylinder from work and a powerpack for it. Not pump jack here.
    I have a gottrike bender

    You will like it esp since your goin full Hydro. I have an air over setup and its slllllllooooowwww.

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    Yup I do like it. I bit the bullet and I'm waiting on a die from TMR. Mine worked, but I made a measurement mistake and it flatens the tube a bit and I couldn't be bothered witht the time to make another when my bending is ready and works so slick. Less then 20sec to do a 180bend.

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