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[March 9, 2008]


Local RV-8 builder "Salty" was nice enough to lend me his tubing benders. He had everything to choose from! Thanks Salty!


I needed the tubing benders to start plumbing a few runs from the wing into the fuselage. First, I figured to get the more complex run out of the way - the vent line inside the fuse. This line comes in from the tanks in front of the F-902 bulkhead/rib, up that rib to the longeron, follows the longeron forward and then onto the front gusset. Then it goes down the corner of the firewall and exits at the bottom of the fuse after some bending. It is held into place in 4 locations by Adel clamps. All of the clamp locations are pre-drilled, except for the one on the gusset.


Anyways, I started the bend at the front. The sleeves for the fittings don't like to go around sharp bends, so this was a logical place to start for me.


The right side took almost as long to do as the left, but I did both without any mistakes. The 1/4" tube is real easy to bend by hand and doesn't really require a tubing bender tool for each bend. However, the sharp bends definitely need the tool.

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