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Dumpsterfish 07-08-2013 01:18 AM

Die set size dilemma
 
So I'm happy with the JD2 model 3, and want to dig in on a couple projects-tube doors, roof rack, rock sliders, flat fenders, etc.

Have limited funds, and can't decide whether to pick up the 1.5 or 2 inch die first. 2 seems necessary for sliders, but 1.5 seems right for everything else.

So my question is: could I make a decently strong rock rail out of 1.5" .120 wall? Anybody done something similar?

tjcj 07-08-2013 01:01 PM

I started with a 1 3/4" die first. Used it for a couple cages and sliders for Toyotas. Then when a couple guys wanted 1 1/2" tube fenders I had them buy the die and I just bent it up and welded them , and kept the die.

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Helldorado Customs 07-08-2013 03:32 PM

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Originally Posted by tjcj (Post 15654192)
I started with a 1 3/4" die first. Used it for a couple cages and sliders for Toyotas. Then when a couple guys wanted 1 1/2" tube fenders I had them buy the die and I just bent it up and welded them , and kept the die.

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I agree.... 1.75 die is what I did first as well. It's a great middle of the road die for many projects. I think the only project you mentioned I wouldn't use the 1.75 would be for tube fenders as it may be a little big for some applications.

Dumpsterfish 07-08-2013 04:05 PM

Hmm, hadn't considered that size. 1.75 .120 wall stand up to abuse in the rocks, ya think? If so, I think that's the move

tjcj 07-08-2013 04:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Dumpsterfish (Post 15654946)
Hmm, hadn't considered that size. 1.75 .120 wall stand up to abuse in the rocks, ya think? If so, I think that's the move

Ya it stands up to some pretty heavy abuse.

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Dumpsterfish 07-08-2013 06:46 PM

Cool, thanks for the advice.

underpowered 07-08-2013 07:51 PM

1.75 x .120 wall is some pretty tough stuff. it is a very universal size.

and i have seen some people sleeve their 1.75 die with some 1.75 x .120 wall tube to basically make it into a 1.5 die. bend a piece of tube, cut it lengthwise in half and use the inner half to sleeve the Die down, and use a small straight piece cut in half on the shoe. weld some little tabs on the end to keep them in place, and you have turned your 1.75 die into a 1.5" die. Granted, it would be for limited use but it does work if you only need to bend 1.5 every once in a while.

jason m 07-09-2013 07:28 AM

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Originally Posted by underpowered (Post 15655836)
1.75 x .120 wall is some pretty tough stuff. it is a very universal size.

and i have seen some people sleeve their 1.75 die with some 1.75 x .120 wall tube to basically make it into a 1.5 die. bend a piece of tube, cut it lengthwise in half and use the inner half to sleeve the Die down, and use a small straight piece cut in half on the shoe. weld some little tabs on the end to keep them in place, and you have turned your 1.75 die into a 1.5" die. Granted, it would be for limited use but it does work if you only need to bend 1.5 every once in a while.

This, but I made out of 1.5" to bend 1.25". Works perfect just use more WD40. I don't weld any tabs I just let the pressure of the die clamp the tube in place and bend away.

Jason.

Dumpsterfish 07-11-2013 10:01 PM

1.75 ordered and on the way. Now for a trip to the metal supply place...


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