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Bending Main Tube

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18. Time to bend the main tube! This step was a little scary because both bends need to be in the same plane. Precision bending is much easier if you’ve got a powered bender, and Swag Offroad’s bender conversion kit (used with a Harbor Freight air-hydraulic ram) puts a powered bender within almost any budget. If you get Swag’s weld-it-yourself bracket kit, then you’ll save even more cash. Tube bending is a skill just like welding. There’s not room enough for a bending tutorial within this story, so we’ll write a stand-alone tube bending story in a future issue.