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Sheet meal forming tool? Beading pipes?

Gamble97

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Jan 3, 2006
small town, Illinois
Anyone have a tool that they like a lot that won't break the bank? Need something that can I can use to bead roll the ends of intercooler piping. Tried it by hand and wasn't impressed with the final results. I have found a few I really like but I don't play on spending $250+
 

bryanwheat

DSM Wiseman
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Aug 16, 2004
Columbia, Missouri
I always just weld a bead around the end of the pipe. Works perfect every time.
 

Gamble97

Proven Member
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67
Jan 3, 2006
small town, Illinois
lots of people put up diy ones for rather cheap. i know you dont like the hand ones but it works and its cheap.

http://www.dsmtuners.com/forums/custom-fabrication/324132-homemade-intercooler-pipe-bead-tool.html

I made that, and I don't like it.
I always just weld a bead around the end of the pipe. Works perfect every time.

Rather not, it doesn't look as professional.

The Eastwood can be had for $130-160. Search for Eastwood part number 28187.
That's about the same as the harbor freight one, but they are only rated to 18g. So I'm wondering if that is 18g aluminum or steel or stainless? Plus a 20% off coupon and the one at harbor freight would be cheaper. I've also read they need to be modded to work well, and ideally I was looking for something a little smaller. Something with a 6" throat would be awesome but it seems those are MORE money for some odd reason.
 

gabytech

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Nov 19, 2007
Daytona, Florida
A welded bead ??? OMG WTF !!!! DSMers and their cheapo modding techniques... Thats why so many of this cheapo newbie high school kid DSMers are constanly fixing their cars and are getting headaches finding boost leaks, engine failure, engine stall, engine misfire, etc... Common DSMers, mod your cars the right way !!! As a certified auto tech myself, I hate having customers that mod their cars the shitty and cheap way and try to be the mechanic themselves screwing things worse and then bringing it to me saying they are tired of their shitty car. I hate diagnosing a failure when their engines are moded like shit... These are the same DSMers that wish for 400hp+ on their DSM, dont like to spent the right amount of money on good parts and love to buy cheap made in china ebay parts.. GET REAL !!!
 

Gamble97

Proven Member
2,648
67
Jan 3, 2006
small town, Illinois
A welded bead ??? OMG WTF !!!! DSMers and their cheapo modding techniques... Thats why so many of this cheapo newbie high school kid DSMers are constanly fixing their cars and are getting headaches finding boost leaks, engine failure, engine stall, engine misfire, etc... Common DSMers, mod your cars the right way !!! As a certified auto tech myself, I hate having customers that mod their cars the shitty and cheap way and try to be the mechanic themselves screwing things worse and then bringing it to me saying they are tired of their shitty car. I hate diagnosing a failure when their engines are moded like shit... These are the same DSMers that wish for 400hp+ on their DSM, dont like to spent the right amount of money on good parts and love to buy cheap made in china ebay parts.. GET REAL !!!

Oh zip it already. Welding a bead works fine, it's just not what I prefer. I had it done on one of my pipes that weld 30psi all day no problem. The guy that did it ran it on his rx7 race cars at 60psi and never had a problem. So it does work just not the look I prefer.

I can do it for you, I have a beading tool. Just shipping may kill you.

What kind do you use?
 

Gamble97

Proven Member
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67
Jan 3, 2006
small town, Illinois
I have been thinking of that, but no extra jaws for the vice and no lathe to make them. If you want to make some I'll weld some nuts to vice and try it out.
 

zcoh2gdsm

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May 13, 2011
harrisburg, Pennsylvania
i saw a thread on the stang forums about the same type paul just posted. it looked like a much better idea than the vice grips and half the pain in the arse.
 

Gamble97

Proven Member
2,648
67
Jan 3, 2006
small town, Illinois
What kind is it? That is exactly what I want, something small like that.
 

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Long beach, California
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Its a simple hand operated device which has worked flawlessly for longer than ive been around.

Gus
 

DSM Jeff

Proven Member
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Jun 23, 2003
~, Connecticut
I miss having access to that Bead Form tool. I keep thinking of buying one. I was hoping I could find some dies and make something.
I have used a sheet metal bead tool, but can not fit some of the tubing I have wanted to use.
 
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