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Homemade Intercooler pipe bead tool


Proven Member
Jun 27, 2006
Cleveland, Ohio
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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Proven Member
Jun 27, 2006
Cleveland, Ohio
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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Proven Member
Aug 23, 2007
Houston, Texas
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!


Proven Member
Jun 27, 2006
Cleveland, Ohio
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

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.


Proven Member
Dec 29, 2006
Colo. Springs, Colorado
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

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.

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

Nope. Clamp, unclamp, move over a little. Repeat.


Proven Member
Dec 17, 2007
hamilton, ON_Canada
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.

Colt4G63 also

Proven Member
Jul 23, 2008
Tonawanda, New_York
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.


Apr 5, 2003
Coloma, Michigan
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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