I’m a big fan of tubing tools and fabrication. I own a Rogue Fab VersaNotcher, an Ol’ Joint Jigger notcher, and JDSquared Model 32 Bender that will bend and notch almost anything I normally would need to. There are so many cool tubing tools out there, from a variety of manufacturers, and if you have the right ones you can make any tube structure you want for your car or truck. But having the tools isn’t enough. I’m not a tube bending expert by any stretch, so I rely on instruction found in videos, from friends like Eric Yost at Customs by Bigun and Chris Alston, and have read anything and everything I can find. Because of all the technology and programs available, doing bend calculations is easier than ever.
If you are wanting to get started bending tube for your project, check out all the videos available on YouTube, like the one below from Rogue Fab. This is a great tutorial to get you started on your own project, as it not only shows you how to measure, but also how to layout and bend the tubing you need for the main 4 point structure within your car or truck. This is the part of your roll bar or cage that is most likely to have bends in it. Other than the front down tubes, most of the rest of your chassis is usually made up of straight tubing, so if you get this part down you can handle the rest for sure.