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Unread 03-20-2013, 01:06 AM   #1
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JD2 model 3 bender, what size dies?

I'm ready to order the JD2 model 3 tube bender and was wondering what size dies you guys use.

I'm looking to make tube fenders for the YJ along with some add-on tubing for the custom front bumper. I'm thinking either 1 1/4 5.5" clr or 1 1/2 5.5" clr. Dies aren't cheap so I want to make sure I get one that's more multipurpose rather than one project specific.


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Unread 03-20-2013, 04:21 AM   #2
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I'd get a 1.5"X4.5" CLR or a 1.75"x5.5" CLR

If you're planning on doing any rollcage work, I'd probably start with the 1.75" diameter die first.
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Unread 03-20-2013, 04:48 AM   #3
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I'd get a 1.5"X4.5" CLR or a 1.75"x5.5" CLR

If you're planning on doing any rollcage work, I'd probably start with the 1.75" diameter die first.
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Im not doing any rollcage work for a while due to 110v welder. Going to start with front tube fenders and then make rear tube fenders. Could I get away with 1 die size for fronts and rears? If so should I go with 1 1/2 or 1 1/4? I picture 1 1/2 too big in my head for some reason...
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I got the 1.75 x 180 x 5.5 CLR with my model 32 for some possible swing out projects and future roll cage work. Fortunately, a couple of buddies I wheel with who are on the department with me went in on another JD2 and got the 1.50 x 180 x 5.5 CLR die with theirs. Works out well with both dies being available to all of us but with only the investment of that first die for each of us. The only kicker is, they got a model 3 bender which has smaller pins than the 32, so we will likely just swap out benders as needed rather than sleeve my die with the larger diameter center hole, etc.

Might be worth checking around with others in a local club to see if a deal like this can be worked out.
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I think I'd opt for the 1.5" die then.. the 1.25" is kind of scrawny looking for main hoops on a front bumper..

1.5" tube works well for fenders..
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I'd get a 1.5"X4.5" CLR or a 1.75"x5.5" CLR

If you're planning on doing any rollcage work, I'd probably start with the 1.75" diameter die first.
x2 on this. Get a 1.5 then a 1.75. Sucks to spend that much money but its what you'll use the most. That's what I bought. Couldn't be happier.
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When I bought my JD2 model I bought the 1 3/4"x5.5 CLR for a couple roll cages. Then a couple local jeep guys wanted tube fenders in 1 1/2" so i charged them the price of the die to build them.

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