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Old 04-05-2010, 12:07 PM   #1
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Default flaring intercooler pipes help

Is there a tool that does this that I could buy (I asked around and nobody had a good answer)? My other options are a bfh or bring them to an exhaust shop and have them put a lip on each one for me.
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what size/material?
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Something like this? http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...0070921x00003a

Similar can be found at any auto parts store.
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2 options I've always been fond of:

1. Use JB weld. Its cheap, it works. Just be sure to prep the pipe properly.

2. DIY beader
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it's 2.5" aluminum, I really like the homebrew beader...perhaps I will make one. When I inquired about tools similar to the one at sears at napa, advanced auto, and others they came up with nil.
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I did a DIY roller. Instead of the washer on the vicegrips (couldn't find a good one) I just bent the U-bolt tighter, cut it down to about 1.5" and used that.
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I love that stuff. I have all the materials in my tool cart. Well except for the welder. The reason why I'm not an effective diy'er at the moment.
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The link for the sears tool is a pipe expander not a bead roller. I don't think that'll work on aluminum, it'll probably tear.

This is a cheap version of the proper tool:

- Harbor Freight Tools - Quality Tools at the Lowest Prices

Although I bought it and took it back because it flexes to much to leave a clean bead. The plier trick may work better.
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Huh, I'd never even thought of that.

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Ive always just welded a bead because i didnt know how to flare it
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I don't know if you are looking for strictly a bead or a flare. But the last time I did it, I just used an adjustable wrench and tightened it over the edge of the pipe and bend it out a bit at a time until you have a satisfactory flare all the way around. It's not terribly pretty, but effective.
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I don't know if you are looking for strictly a bead or a flare. But the last time I did it, I just used an adjustable wrench and tightened it over the edge of the pipe and bend it out a bit at a time until you have a satisfactory flare all the way around. It's not terribly pretty, but effective.
That is what I was going to suggest too!
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The best tool for the job

Bead Form Tools by Kramer Metal Fab, Inc. 1-800-919-3676

Dam expensive however. I found a shop that has one and rent the use of it very resonably. Makes perfect beads so you never have to worry about hoses popping off again.

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Nice... I can put that DIY setup to use at the moment.
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Well I have the goods to build the diy beader. I'll post up the results tomorrow.
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DIY beader worked like a champ but only on the thin stuff. Thick aluminum scoffed at my feable attempt to put a lip on it. I am going to give it the fury of my vice when I get home...see how those pipes like that!
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Damn you! Why do you have to remind me!?
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hmm.DIY beader with heavy duty motor or with some gears and a crank for thicker material might work.
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