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Homemade Intercooler pipe bead tool

Posted by Jeff99GS, Feb 5, 2009

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  1. Jeff99GS

    Jeff99GS Proven Member

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    I wanted to share this in the new custom fab section.

    (Colt4g63) Was the original poster of this so the credit goes to him.

    You will need 1 Pair of standard size Vise Grips
    a 2.5 inch Muffler clamp saddle, a large washer and a small welder.

    Weld the muffler clamp saddle to the bottom of the vise grip jaw. Then weld the Washer to the top jaw of the Vise Grip.
     

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  2. Jeff99GS

    Jeff99GS Proven Member

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    I made myself a set of these bead rollers, and they work GREAT! I made my friend a custom fit short route out of the JDM sport universal pipe kit that was on ebay. Then afterward I beaded all the ends that I cut to fit.

    Your hands gets a little tired from squeezing the vise grips though. Good work out!
     

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  3. GreenGSX

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    I like this idea. You should try to make a set to fit in a nice big 5" bench vise and take the stress off your hands.
     

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  4. DougR

    DougR Proven Member

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    DAMN! I Am making mine Tonight! Had to trim a few IC pipes from the SSAC kit. And been trying to figure out how I was ging to bead them. WOW! Thanks!
     
  5. kevingst

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    The timing of this thread is perfect. I'll be making mine tomorrow.
     

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  6. Jeff99GS

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    Also remember if you are using 3" IC pipe, get a 3" Muffler clamp.

    This tool works best with aluminum pipe.
     

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  7. ove_98 TSI

    ove_98 TSI Proven Member

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    i made this also..but it is very very hard to bead stainless i ended up breaking the vise grips after i put them into the vise
     

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  8. Jeff99GS

    Jeff99GS Proven Member

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    If you're going to try to bead stainless you need to adjust the tension on the vise grips to take a smaller bite. Then tighten it as you go to make the bead deeper.
     

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  9. 1slow97

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    That is some nice info,Thanks for sharing..
     

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  10. Backinajiffy12

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    Did you put a beed lock on the intercooler?
     

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  11. Jeff99GS

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    The intercooler already had a rolled edge.
     

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  13. ihatedsms

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    So once its clamped you spin the vice grips around the pipe?
     

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  14. matthewdesigns

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    Your best bet to try to form stainless is going to be to heat the tubing to a dull cherry red before you use this tool. Overall it's going to be a big PITA in stainless unless it is less than 1.5mm thick. If it's really thin, like less than 1 millimeter, then you might be able do it cold.


    Nope. Clamp, unclamp, move over a little. Repeat.
     
  15. 4pistons

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    Man, that worked nice!!! Good info!! :thumb:

    Rick - '91 GSX :dsm:
     

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  16. slowgsr

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    I run 26psi on the street and have no bead rolls on any of my piping and have never blown a coupler. I plan to make one of these tools and bead roll everything for next year once it sees more boost :)

    Great idea.
     
  17. Colt4G63 also

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    Awesome! I'm glad you guys like it. I made one for a member on here, "DSMunknown" and shipped it to him. If anyone doesn't have the recources to make their own, hit me with a PM.
     

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  19. Colt4G63 also

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    I'm sorry Anthony, I forgot to leave you feedback, or I guess I didn't really think of it. Anthony is a great guy to deal with too. He sent payment with paypal right away, and left me good feedback. Thanks man.
     

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    Wonder if there is a way to put the washer on a bolt, and weld the bolt to the grip leaving the washer free to "spin" then perhaps you could clamp once, then spin the pipe if you have the strength
     
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  21. nlzn

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    any1 have a size on the washer they used?
     
  22. Empyrials

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    i like this one... and i so need to build it


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  23. kottyking

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    That's an awesome tool.
     
  24. 99gst_racer

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    FYI: I turned an extra set of vice grips into this tool a few weeks ago. This style of tool is only good for soft metals and/or thin wall piping. If trying to use it on 16 gauge (or thicker) SS, it will OWN your hand and will not crimp much of a bead.
     

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  25. Russman1986

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    Nice!
     

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