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Help? HIPSHOT Lever Rod Dimensions B Bender

Discussion in 'B-Bender Forum' started by walleyeman, Mar 16, 2017.

  1. walleyeman

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    I just purchased a Telecaster that has a Hipshot B bender and drop d combo mounted on it. BUT, it is missing the rod that controls the b bender. I looked on the Hipshot site and it is going to cost $42 shipped. I believe I can make one quite a bit cheaper. I believe it is 5/16 hexagon rod, but I do not know what the total length is that I need to order. Or at what length do I need to bend for the angles. What metal to use? Brass, Aluminum, or Stainless?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Wow, that's crazy to charge that much for that. Wish you could buy the Bender without the rod and save $42! I have one and you could definitely get by with RollinBenders solution.
     
  4. walleyeman

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    If you have one could you please measure it so i can find out how much hexagon rod i need to order? Also where to put the bends. Thanks.
     
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    They are 8mm across the flats. And approximately 225mm long. Mine is made of steel (it's gone rusty). Hope this helps.
     
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    THANK
    YOU!!!! That helps GREATLY
     
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    My one is not exactly symmetrical, But here's the rough dimensions - From left to right: 82mm from the end to the mid point of the bend (inside). 45 degree bend. 80mm from the last point of measurement (mid point of bend) to the outside of the next bend (again 45 degrees). Then cut the other end to the same length of your first straight section.
     
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    I am not sure if all Hipshot levers are made to the same specs. Mine is from a Will Ray Hellebender, but I see no reason for them to be any different. If you need a picture to help visualize the measurements just ask.
     
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    If anyone else in the future finds themselves in this perdicament.

    EBAY -
    5/16 Tie Rod 14" Go Kart Racing Steering Rod End Kit Heim Joint Ends Spindle $9.75 Delivered

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/192048957168?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

    I have a prof caulking gun that had 8mm hexagon shaft but it is slightly to large to fit. It needs to be 5/16". But could get by with a grinder if in a pinch.

    Thanks again Texas Special for your help.
     
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    Also on Ebay, .3125" (5/16) x 12" Stainless Steel Hex Rod - $18 delivered

     
  14. Texas Special

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    I find that a little strange. As you can see, mine is exactly 8mm and fits with ease. DSC_1088.JPG
     
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    I'm just laughing at my last picture. I've had my G&L Asat Special from the day she was in the Country - 1994. She's been played to death. But she's is in immaculate condition (cosmetically). Yet the Hipshot lever is maybe 5 years old! Rusty as hell!
     
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    I believe my hipshot is an old model. Maybe they switched to metric and 8mm. But with all the tension off 8mm will not fit. Got out the allen wrenches and checked again. 5/16 is just slightly smaller and fits. Go figure? Thanks again for the help. Going to try aluminum hopefully it will be strong enough. If not will try stainless.
     
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    IGNORE THIS. I ORDERED THE ROD AND IT IS LARGER THAN 5/16 IT'S ENDS ARE THREADED TO 5/16. There went my chance of saving money.
     
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    Ask a plumber. The tool that tightens a disposal unit is the exact same thing.
    Comes with every disposal.
    Should be able to get a spare one for nothing but asking.
    If you were here I would hand you one.
     
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    I use a piece of straight threaded rod with a nut on either side instead of the bent hex
     
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    I just use a 5/16 Allen key turned around.
     
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