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Post subject: Bending laser cut steel  PostPosted: Mar 15, 2013 - 07:54 PM
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I have all my laser cut steel back from the cutter. I have been trying to get the bending done, but I am running into problems. The "best" steel fab shop in this area, St. George, Ut, say that some of the bends are to complicated or that they just can't do them. What are my options? One of the main pieces are the rear knuckles. What are the cons of just cutting and welding instead of bending?
As always, I value the collective knowledge on this site. Thanks for any advice.
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Mar 15, 2013 - 09:10 PM
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Jared, I'm assuming when you say "rear knuckles" you are talking about the wheel bearing carriers. I had this same issue and Jim Dinner came to my rescue. He advised just cutting the parts and welding them together, which is exactly what I did. I don't have any "on the road" experience with them yet but they are really strong and I don't anticipate any issues.
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Mar 15, 2013 - 10:40 PM
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I bought a kit from NAERC with all the cut metal and it was bent. You could cut and weld, but I'm sure their has to be a machine shop somewhere.

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Post subject:   PostPosted: Mar 15, 2013 - 11:14 PM
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I may have found a place in Salt Lake City, UT. I just don't know if it is worth the hassle, and then I still have to worry about the accuracy of their bends.
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Mar 16, 2013 - 05:31 AM
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Not really sure exactly what you are looking for but maybe these guys might have what you need.

http://www.ballisticfabrication.com/

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Post subject:   PostPosted: Mar 16, 2013 - 12:25 PM
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You should find a shopthat cuts and bends.....here in Brazil most shops that cuts they also bend.....I never had trouble finding a shop that bends all parts for the chassis....

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You don't need to cut them fully either. You can cut a series of grooves or simply score the metal deep enough to bend it easily.

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Post subject:   PostPosted: Mar 18, 2013 - 05:22 PM
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I made mine from separate pieces and then welded them together.





 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Mar 18, 2013 - 07:52 PM
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Nice!!

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Post subject:   PostPosted: Mar 19, 2013 - 04:23 AM
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Looks good. I have already bent a lot of my parts on my own. I can bend 90 percent of them with the tools I have. The rest I will do as Jim suggested, partial cut, bend and weld. I am happy, I am saving $1200.00 for what I was quoted to have the bending done.
 
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