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#1 wvbuzzmaster OFFLINE  

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Posted September 28, 2013 - 07:27 PM

Anyone here have a pipe roller capable of roll bending some pipe into a 12 inch diameter circle for use as a steering wheel, as I am thinking of building my own steering wheel right now.
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Posted September 28, 2013 - 07:35 PM

Just have Uncle Willie find a 12" diameter fence post, then he can simply grab a correct size pipe & whack the pipe on the post.  You may end up with a couple rounds around the post, but once pried off you can cut & weld a couple at once!


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Posted September 28, 2013 - 09:03 PM

Casey, A good muffler shop can do it, maybe in 2 pieces.


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Posted September 28, 2013 - 09:35 PM

Actually, if you had a car rim about the right size (at it's center) anchored solid, you could weld a loop on it to hold the end of a pipe, then just pull the pipe around till the ends pass a few inches.  Then cut the straight ends back to where things are curved, pull the ends together and weld.  I've bent pipe using car rims before.  Never made a steering wheel though.


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Posted September 28, 2013 - 09:38 PM

Dang, my left shoulder is hurting.  Maybe I shouldn't have tested my post pipe bending theory!   :smilewink:   Naw, didn't actually try it, but my shoulder IS hurting, and why... I don't have a clue.


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Posted September 29, 2013 - 07:00 AM

Can we see the str. wheel when your done?



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Posted September 29, 2013 - 07:28 AM

Casey, I was thinking about this... You're going for unique, one of a kind here... Why not something like this?
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Posted September 29, 2013 - 07:32 AM

Casey, I was thinking about this... You're going for unique, one of a kind here... Why not something like this?
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Or a large pulley or old gear.


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Posted September 29, 2013 - 07:46 AM

Or a large pulley or old gear.

I have a different idea.

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Posted September 29, 2013 - 08:30 AM

Casey, I was thinking about this... You're going for unique, one of a kind here... Why not something like this?
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If the wheels jerk, that is really going to hurt! Worse than a spinner knob.


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Posted September 29, 2013 - 07:23 PM

 

 

Or a large pulley or old gear.

The pulley would be the best as it would help support the sidewall and keep the pipe from crushing. Used this method a couple of times with good results.



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Posted September 30, 2013 - 05:55 AM

I saw a sheet metal slip roller for sale  at a show last week and at the one end it had groves in the rollers , the biggist maybe 1/2 wide , would that have rolled tubing or just soild rod ?



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Posted September 30, 2013 - 01:50 PM

i have a couple that i used when i raced go karts that are just sittin around gathering dust. if you want to see pics i can take a couple and post them


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Posted September 30, 2013 - 03:03 PM

Casey, On small DIA. thin wall pipe, just use a conduit bender. I have seen benders from 1/2" to 1 1/2".


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Posted September 30, 2013 - 06:36 PM

Brian, i had thought about that method but was thinking about more controled methods.




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