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Anyone on here installed a roll cage in a old chevy coupe? I'm going to put a 10 point in my 40 and been trying to find something close that the main hoop width and halo bar will work. I can tweak some of the bars but I can't do 90 degree bends. Jegs is about 3 hrs away so I was thinking of getting it from them if shipping is crazy. I've researched but I can't find any info where they give width or any of the other measurements I need. Wish there was a shop around that could bend me up a hoop and halo, the rest I can do.
 

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Anyone on here installed a roll cage in a old chevy coupe? I'm going to put a 10 point in my 40 and been trying to find something close that the main hoop width and halo bar will work. I can tweak some of the bars but I can't do 90 degree bends. Jegs is about 3 hrs away so I was thinking of getting it from them if shipping is crazy. I've researched but I can't find any info where they give width or any of the other measurements I need. Wish there was a shop around that could bend me up a hoop and halo, the rest I can do.
did you want to make an investment in a speedway bender? the dies are what cost a bunch. i did a halo on my chevy with it. I used the same size pipe as the sides though. I didn't want to spend for the smaller die set. I wish I did.
 

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I found a 0 pt at S+W, $325 plus $129 to ship. I emailed Jegs, they just replied and said they're working on it. You done a nice job on yours.
 

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When I compared kit prices and bender price I decided it was better to invest in the bender. Not to mention none of the kits were really gonna fit my cab shape anyway. But that's me. You do what you think is best for your situation.
 

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I never did get one because tubing was so high. I could buy the cage for less than the tubing cost. I have a good source for it now, they sell me stuff at cost, may have to see what 1 5/8's is a ft now. Got a pic of your bender? I got access to a Harbor Freight one that you have to mount or bolt to the floor. Don't know if it would bend it.
 

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I have a Harbor Freight one I bought at a swap meet and it kinks everything over 45 degrees. A POS that is pretty worthless. Fortunately I still have access to borrowing a Greenlee 555 from my old workplace, so I just go see the tool guy when I need to bend up a cage or rollbar.
 

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You bent yours up with that! Damn, that's good. I seen a u tube video of modifying one of those to bend tubing now that I think of it. I'm waiting on a call back on the price of tubing, I think I'll go your route. Thanks
 

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Trick is to keep it greased and use pvc pipe as your template for angle and radius. I pie cut the radius and used duct tape to keep it together. The only problem is the u-bolt on the die takes a beating. I'm due to replace mine. Not sure if they sell just that alone. Maybe you can find out before you order it.
 

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Can't upload a pic now since I had computer trouble, but they have one, 16 ton, for $169.95 and a 12 ton for even cheaper. A 20% coupon would bring the 16 down quite a bit. The guy on Utube uses a 1 1/4 die for 1 5/8's tubing, he drills a hole in the die and uses a clamp deal to hold the tubing so it won't crimp. He also mounts the bender to a engine stand.
 

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You talkin harbor freight?
 

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Yes, they have the 16 ton for $169. I googled it and also came up with videos to rework them.
 

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I have a 12 ton. It won't bend what you need without kinking the pipe. Just my opinion. Been there done that. You need matching dies for both sides to bend without kink.
 

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Can't get a 1 5/8 where I get my steel at, or at least none of his suppliers has it. I can get 1 3/4 for $2 a ft. mmhotrod, check out the dude on utube that made the jeep bumpers. He made 90 degree bends by putting a clamp deal on his. I'm not smart enough to post a link. Google it and it's 1 of the first that comes up.
 

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The Speedway bender rolls the die on the pipe as it bends. It rolls out the bend in increments along the pipe. The HF bender pushes the bend in one area. All I'm gonna say is a roll cage is safety equipment. Don't comprimise safety equipment.
I've spoken my 3 cents. It's your decision. Your car. By the way I did find the video and to bend a thin wall tube for a bumper HF is fine. .125 tubing for a cage I'm not so convinced.
 

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I enlarged your pic of your bender and I see what you mean. I may give it a shot, I found where they put rollers on each side and the clamp deal where it wouldn't crimp it. If I screw it up, I'll find someone to bend up the main hoop and halo.
 

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As I mentioned, I have the HF tubing bender, and it simply is a piece of crap. Without a back shoe it kinks and makes the tubing oval shaped too. That one that Mario posted above at Speedway is more like the Greenlee with it's back shoe, and will hold the tubing shape, and not kink.
When I took my tubing to work and used the 555 bender the bends came out superb!
 
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