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post #1 of 7 Old 10-26-2009, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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Have any of you built your tubes using schedule 40 pipe

I was wondering if any of you have built your tubes using schedule 40 or stronger pipe and how its holding up. Also if you could post some pictures up that would be awesome....I can't really decide rather I want to use HREW, DOM tubing...or just regular schedule 40 pipe....I really am doing the fenders for extra tire clearance and then the ocasional bashing on the trail. I do a lot of wheeling on rocks and accidents happen so I am just curious how well the pipe will hold up...I know the tubing will be better but I have heard from a lot of people that DOM tubing is overkill and same with HREW. I have heard those are only needed in cage applications and what not. Also I know the differences between Tube and Pipe so no need to explain just curious to as how those of you who have used pipe have faired over time with pipe fenders.

Sorry for the title I meant tube fenders

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post #2 of 7 Old 10-26-2009, 05:32 PM
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there is actually a company that uses sched 40 pipe for their tube fenders...i cant remember if its tnt (treks) or who it is...but to answer your question, yes it is plenty strong enough....i use pipe for everything but cages....just went and picked up some pipe to start my fenders
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okay how does pipe do when bending like will it kink and what not I guess this is a dumb question just wondering we have pipe benders and my boss has a hydraulic pipe bender so I guess I should just ask them haha just wondering if pipe with a proper pipe bender will still bend smooth
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the non structural parts of my cage are schedule 40 and my buddys bumper is made of it also. the pipe didnt kink when we packed it with sand right
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I built both my bumpers from 2" schedule 40,hit 3 deer with it so far and hardly a scratch on the paint let alone no bends at all and have towed trailer with hefty loads with it and bending or damage at all

If you have a "pipe" bender it won't kink,unless you buy the cheapo harbor freight type.
Pipe is measured from the inside,tube from the outside..example,a 2" schedule 40 pipe measures 2" inside the pipe and around 2 3/8" outside,the tube measures 2" outside.

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i bend my stuff with a HF pipe bender, i fill it with sand and cut some "shoes" for the rollers and i never get a dent or kink or anything...the more i use it the more i love it
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You can also bend Sch40 in a JD2 bender.. they even sell dies for pipe. I bent 1 1/4" Sch40 in a 1.75" die with minimal flattening.. used it for exo stuff.

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