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Modding Techniques: Rod bending

I get this question asked all the time: How did You bend it? Many interesting things are possible to be created out of aluminum rod that can be bent at much sharper angles than tubing, since rod does not collapse. Of course it requires significant effort, especially when working with larger diameter stock. But the tools are simple: thick wall steel pipe does the job.
Here is my regular set for working with materials of 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2" diameter:



Bending the rod that is secured in the vise:



It is just the matter of trial and error to get it done at desired angles. But the material if very forgiving to small adjustments and once everything is sanded and buffed and tool markings have been polished off, it is going to look clean:



Here is how this technique got applied to make the instrument cluster trim:



It took a while to get the angles correct on this storage area bar, but in the end everything worked out and fitted correctly:





So this is what it takes: some fantasy, time and effort with the help of right tools:





I hope it gives someone a cool idea and the way to make it come to life. Enjoy modding


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My mind is blown...Do you have any of this stuff for sale?
also how did you get your speedo so freaking bright!
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The speedo looks bright because of the long camera exposure. To get that in real life you'd probably need better led's soldered in place of the stock ones. There are easier ways to do the cubby bar and make it look good so anything is possible. Custom is fun

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Off topic, but you never have wet shoes, do you?
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I know that I have said this before... Victor, you're my idol.

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And the beat goes on !!! Thanks for the tips Victor !!
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Re: Modding Techniques: Rod bending

I've been messing with different ideas for a spring loaded cell phone holder for in front of the steering wheel. Your air freshener holder gives me some good ideas.. thanks! Great work as usual.

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The speedo looks bright because of the long camera exposure. To get that in real life you'd probably need better led's soldered in place of the stock ones. There are easier ways to do the cubby bar and make it look good so anything is possible. Custom is fun
aaaahhhh well I probably won't have the guts to do the led's, but will will mess around with metal rods lol

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Re: Modding Techniques: Rod bending

Ok this may be a dumb question.. whats in the last couple pictures.. that looks awesome but i have no idea what it is


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That's Spencer air freshener. Everyone used to sell them, may be rare now, IDK.

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I've been messing with different ideas for a spring loaded cell phone holder for in front of the steering wheel. Your air freshener holder gives me some good ideas.. thanks! Great work as usual.
I made one before out of the basic office clipboard. Toup has it now.
Sadly no pics to show, but may be the idea helps you.

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Re: Modding Techniques: Rod bending

Thats high tech... I still have little black pine trees


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I found some of those in the dollar store last fall !!!
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I found some of those in the dollar store last fall !!!
lol yea before they went $15 dollars cheap ^_^

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Years ago in the truck stops they were like 3.99 each !!
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Re: Modding Techniques: Rod bending

Great Write up Victor and I am still Loving my Spencer holder



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That's great to hear Steve! Been more than 2 years already, thought it would be sticker bombed by now

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Re: Modding Techniques: Rod bending

if you just happen to come across pics of that clipboard gig I'd be intrigued. I want something stationary that sits on the dash over the wheel.. I'd buy a window mount but I've got an HTC Sensation and this thing is super heavy and wide.

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