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any tips /help for awesome brake pipe bends etc

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by steveo3002, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. steveo3002
    Joined: Apr 4, 2009
    Posts: 227

    from england

    i can do okay with brake pipes , but they dont look 100% perfect always a bit home made looking , id like to do better show car standard stuff

    any tips on making the bends and shapes etc (ive got a good flarer so no probs there)
  2. A tubing bender makes nice tight bends and wont kink the brake line
  3. Xtrom
    Joined: Mar 23, 2010
    Posts: 1,029

    from Forman, ND

    As with any tool get a good quality piece. Not the $10 tool they sell at most chain parts stores.
  4. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
    Posts: 6,239

    from howell, nj
    1. Kustom Painters

    Best thing I ever came up with for bending tubing: take a spare piece of tubing, about 4 in long, use a tubing cutter to scribe a line on one end, about 1/2" in. Now, put that line on the "Zero" marker of your bender, and make a 90* bend.
    You use this piece to hold next to tubing you have run to see EXACTLY where you need to put your bend, transferring the scribe on the test piece (with a pencil) to the 'real' tubing. That way the bend is always precisely where you want it.
    I've got a set of all the usual sizes.
  5. gasserjohn
    Joined: Nov 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,218


    start with straight tubing not rolls

    use an fittings use tools by rigid

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  6. BillM
    Joined: May 26, 2007
    Posts: 247

    Member Emeritus

  7. 41GASSER
    Joined: Aug 2, 2009
    Posts: 188


    Take your time and use quality tools. Brake line is cheap so if you mess up just throw it away and make a new one. Get a quality flare tool and double flare the ends.
  8. reefer
    Joined: Oct 17, 2001
    Posts: 787


    Cheapo way to get tight bends at the ends......get a six inch nail and cut the ends off, solder a male fitting to one end and a female to the other......this can now be used to screw into the fittings on the brake pipes and introduce a nice tight bend either using your thumb of find a piece of tube or something to use as a former.The extra leverage from the "tool" makes it easy and you can use it in places where it would be difficult to get a bender set in.....3/16" is virtually impossible to kink.
  9. bt34
    Joined: Dec 22, 2006
    Posts: 294


    These are awesome for tight bends..Came from a brake supply shop somewhere in the USA..Around the 30 - 40 dollar mark..expensive but good. No brand.

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