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heck i use to use a wielded piece of pipe to the shop door frame .slid my pipe through it and pulled and that was thick heavy pipe then built a few racecars off that tiny piece of pipe . even used the racecar to bend pipe using .door bars bumpers and such ..between two trees.. now we use a pipe bender from harbor freight ..cheap but works ok .got any friends at a muffler shop ..

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heck i use to use a wielded piece of pipe to the shop door frame .slid my pipe through it and pulled and that was thick heavy pipe then built a few racecars off that tiny piece of pipe . even used the racecar to bend pipe using .door bars bumpers and such ..between two trees.. now we use a pipe bender from harbor freight ..cheap but works ok .got any friends at a muffler shop ..

As a matter of fact I work at a shop that has a hydraulic bender. Didn't know if that would work or not.

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work great if you have the right dies to fit 1 3/4, 1 1/2 o.d. tubing. Old muffler tubing benders work awesome, again with the proper die set.

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if its for a cage...don't use a pipe bender, i use a manual tubing bender like the one for sale in the classifieds right now... speedway has a decent one for 800 with all the dies....

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Just to make things clear, pipe and tubing are two different animals. Tubing is measured from outside diameter and pipe is measured inside diameter. If you use a pipe die on tubing to bend it, it will more than likely kink or distort the tubing. I only bring this to light because if you have kinked tubing in your roll cage and you take a hard lick, it will most likely fail, and nobody wants to see an injured race car driver. Godspeed my friends.

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