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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 6th, 19, 9:45 PM Thread Starter
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Stainless tubing bender?

Does Harbor Freight sell a kit that can bend 1/2 stainless?
Need to make a new fuel line, like the look. This stuff has absolutely no give at all .

Nobody in these parts does this may as well go for it. Cheap if I make a mistake.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 18th, 19, 1:47 PM
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You will need a industrial style bender, it will only be able to bend the 1 diameter. With that said they do make a kit so that you can buy all 3 (1/4, 3/8, & 1/2) but it will be over 600-700. I would buy the one you need.

I bend all my stuff and stainless now and have never looked back.
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Re: Stainless tubing bender?

Stainless is nice, but not so much for the casual do-it-yourselfer like me. I'm able to bend the regular stuff with my tools, but not stainless.

I but pre-bent stainless or bend the standard stuff.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 18th, 19, 2:14 PM
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Re: Stainless tubing bender?

IMO, you'd better off if you call one of the vendors that sells new lines & have them custom bend you what you need. By the time you invest in the tool & the tubing, then add the frustration of trying to bend it yourself, you'll be way ahead just buying it pre bent.

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 23rd, 19, 7:03 AM
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Re: Stainless tubing bender?

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Stainless is nice, but not so much for the casual do-it-yourselfer like me. I'm able to bend the regular stuff with my tools, but not stainless.

I but pre-bent stainless or bend the standard stuff.
I learned this the hard way as well, when i swapped my TH350 for a 2004r. had to reverse the lines on the trans, and holy crap, even with the aid of a decent tubing bender, that stuff was murder to massage them just enough to get them switched over. whoever put those lines in, was not a diy-er.
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Re: Stainless tubing bender?

Working in the oil fields in west Texas I bent way more 3/8 stainless than I ever wanted to. I can tell you that it's not easy and a good bender is a must. I used a Swagelok bender, it was OK and a little pricey. I've never tried to bend 1/2" tubing but I think it would probably be near impossible to bend by hand.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 28th, 19, 8:12 PM
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Re: Stainless tubing bender?

I haven't had much luck bending stainless, but it does look cool. Sorry, this post won't help you find a bender.

But - what I've moved to now is copper-nickel lines. They can polish up quite nicely (not super shiny like stainless but I think it has its own cool look) with some steel wool and are super easy to work with, and getting them to seal is a breeze.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old Oct 29th, 19, 9:56 AM
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Re: Stainless tubing bender?

I think using stainless on parts like these is a waste.. I use the regular tubing that bends real nice and looks great...
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Re: Stainless tubing bender?

I looked at this thread and had a great brain wave: Anneal the tubing in the region to be bent. So, I looked up what it takes to anneal it. Way high temperatures for hours. No way could that work for DIY projects. I see that Earl's has annealed tubing at Jeg's , but only in short lengths. So,,, the question becomes one of finding pre-annealed stainless in the size and length you need. I am no help on this, however.
OK, I have returned. It turns out that annealed tubing is a real thing. Here is a chart showing weight per foot of popular sizes. It looks like the length is 20 feet. I did a search on "annealed stainless steel tubing " and on "annealed 1/2 stainless steel tubing". Your luck may be better than mine.

http://www.alascop.com/pdf/ss/annealed_tubing.pdf
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