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question for you all,

the 99 dollar pipe benders from harbor frieght, will the bend tubing? I know that pipe is ID and tube is OD but you you make the OD of the tube fit the proper shoe... shouldnt it work?

has anyone done this? what tips do you have, what failures ?successes?

I want to build a buggy for my son, but I dont want to outlay 600+ for a tubing bender for one or two projects.
 
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A pipe bender will crimp/crush the tube if you want to make a some what tight bend.

watch pirate4x4.com's classified section for a good deal on a bender
 
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I saw a 4wd and sport utility samurai buildup where they used a harbor frieght and it didnt crush it, I read that they used wet sand packed into the tube...

has anyone done this?
 

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For shallow bends you can get away with sand. But you still are going to deform the tube more than if you had just used a real bender.

You are building a buggy, nothing is gonna be cheap in that.

Think of how much time you would spend packing the tube with sand, capping it off, bending the section, draining all of the sand out (letting it dry), then tacking to see that the piece you made is not quite right...
 
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grr youre right, why wont you guys tell me what I want to hear?! instead of what I need to hear...

on a side note, have you all checked wheels and tires section of pirate?! amazing!! if you want a set (5) 38" tires with rims? 700 bucks!!! WOW! that is cheap
 

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