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Well, first I must say that there is a heck of a "learning curve" when switching from using pipe & a pipe bender
...& then, using steel tube & a "proper" tube bender.

The pipe bender "bends", around a die, from the middle
...& a tube bender "bends" around a die, from the side.

So, the measurin' & markin' & even bendin' is all TOTALLY different :unsure:
...& yea, I f'd up a bunch of tube, before gettin' close to what I was goin' for. :oops:
(I even practiced on some pieces of conduit that I had first)

Then, to complicate things more, on like my 7th bend, (of the steel tube) the handle broke right off, of my new bender. o_O

Chinese stupid engineering
...they have a ~16" long handle (~1 1/2" dia) that slides over a (~4" x 3/4") receiver rod
...but that receiver rod only "fits" into the main housing by ~5/8"

So, I sent the seller a message notifying them about the failure
...& they messaged me back, "please weld it & it will be fine. If you can do this we can refund $20.00"

I sent a message back "I should get, at least, a 50% refund if I have "fix" it.
...they messaged back "we have sent 50% refund" (~$60.00) :banana:
 

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They think Stupid Americans will buy anything. o_O
...we just gotta "work it" to our favor :cool:

I was gonna just send it back
...but, about the only other option is a JD Squared bender
...but, they cost hundreds of dollars & their dies are sold separately (for hundreds more)
...so, I figured "I can make it work" :sneaky:
 
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Gotta work on the swing arm next :)

I'ma gonna try, to incorporate the motor mount & bearing mount into the same bracket :sneaky:

Drilled motor mount holes
...bearing mount holes
...ventilation holes
...& bend relief holes

Trimmed some excess material off
...& added a couple of bends to give 'em a bit of a 3D structure
 

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I used my new bender to fabricate some swing arm bars

Drilled & threaded some 3/4" rod
...& welded 'em into one end of the swing arm bars.SAM_6845.JPG
 

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Before welding the motor/bearing plates to the swing arms
...we have to get 'em angled properly :)

Ta do that, we gotta get the front section "aligned" with the swing arm

But, before we can do that, we gotta make some brackets
...& then, get the "Torsioning Rubbers" mounted :cool:

* Simply, automotive Sway Bar Bushings for a 1" bar
...& a couple of plain 'ol hardware store U-bolts :sneaky:

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Installed the rubber bushings, with the U-bolts & brackets, onto the swing arm bars
...& clamped some brackets, to connect the front of the swing arm bars, onto the front section of the frame :)

I used a piece of angle iron to help align the "bushing brackets" (vertically, horizontally & with each other)
...& a ratchet strap to help hold the swing arm bars "in place"

Double checked the alignment of everything
...& tacked 'em in place (U-bolt brackets & the front mounting brackets too) :cool:


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