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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-25-2006, 04:47 AM Thread Starter
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Exhaust pipe bender for home use?

Anyone know of an exhaust pipe bender for home use. Summit Racing sells the 16 ton, up to 3" pipe bender (same as Northern Tool's). Anyone ever use it? I'm a bit skeptical of it.

http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku

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It'll kink the inside and flatten the outside of the bends. You might get away with some slight bends, but if you bend fully to the shape of the die, you'll probably toss the piece into the bushes. Some guys fill the pipe with sand & cap it to help reduce collapsing, but that's a lot of messing around to bend a pipe.

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Looks like the same one Harbor Freight sells.

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LIKE Maverick said, I did a go-cart frame with one, very limited bends, even 45deg, it flatten tube. the tube I used was 1/8 wall.

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no good

these are pipe benders,not tubing benders.They work ok if you are making railings out of schedual 40 pipe or something-but not for tubing.These just push the center out-- too much friction.The tubing bender shoes roll with the material,not dragged.They are an upsize of your brake line benders.I think you could get the real deal for around $800 on the net. There are a couple different models that people have vouched for here.Do a search and some of the old links will come up. " IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE ,THEN IT PROBABLY ISN'T"
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I just thought I'd update this because I found a much better way. If you want to fabricate/install your own 3" exhaust system, I'd suggest these kits:

3" aluminized steel 'Jegs Street Rod Exhaust Kit' (made by Heartthrob Exhaust)
http://www.jegs.com/webapp/wcs/store...0799_-1_395065


3" stainless steel 'Summit Rod Builders Exhaust kit' (same with 6 clamps added)
http://store.summitracing.com/egnsea...+115&x=37&y=14


3" aluminized steel 'Flowmaster U-Fit Dual Pipe Kit' (good kit only if your exhaust is simple & straight-forward; otherwise the long pipes will be their own obstruction during construction/fabrication)
http://store.summitracing.com/egnsea...=KeywordSearch

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