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    DIY intercooler pipe bead "roller"

    So I've been mocking up my intercooler pipes for my Camaro, and after I finally got it all figured out, I started marking the pipes to have some beads rolled on them at Columbia River Mandrel downtown to keep the silicone couplers from blowing off. But then I came to the realization that they're closed before I get back in town from work So I made my own tool, total cost was about $8, you need an old vice grip you don't care about (these are some ancient harbor freight ones), an exhaust clamp the size of your IC pipes that is deep enough for the bead, and a washer. Then assemble with a welder as you see, and have at it. And I have to say, it works pretty danged good for how easy/cheap it was. The finished product was the first bead I made, you just go around clamping the pipe in small increments. If your next clamp is close to the previous, you get a really nice even bead, just go slow.

    Little ashamed of the redneck-ness, but hey, it gets the job done

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    Hands of steel, I approve sir. lol Not bad at all Steve, nothing wrong with redneck ness.
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    You could probably sell those on e-bay lol!
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    Why not weld a bead on the pipe just my 2 cents on that



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    That looks really good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by insaneABOT View Post
    Why not weld a bead on the pipe just my 2 cents on that
    You going to buy me a TIG so I can weld these aluminum pipes?

    And thanks for the compliments guys. It worked like a charm, got all the pipes done. One thing I did was weld the adjuster screw in place, kept moving.

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    That works amazingly well. Another trick is what i use that consists of a cheap bead roller that you can clamp in a vise. I bought one from Summit thats a Woodward fab brand and it makes some pretty sweet beads in interior panels but will also lay a bead inside a STEEL pipe with almost no effort. I think it can do as small as 2 inch pipe as the mandrels arent too big in size.
    I dont know how long i owned that thing till a dim lightbulb came on in my head and i realized it could do intercooler pipe hose beads as well. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by MusicMan View Post
    You going to buy me a TIG so I can weld these aluminum pipes?

    And thanks for the compliments guys. It worked like a charm, got all the pipes done. One thing I did was weld the adjuster screw in place, kept moving.
    I didn't see you mention anything about them being aluminum I was under the impression that they where steel tubing but nice job thought



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    Can you put a little more detailed spiff about this in the fabricating and welding section? Possibly with some better pictures?
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    Sure thing Justin. I actually made some more changes to it, lol, I've got it now to where the beads I'm making look like they were actually rolled on, thing works really good. It actually almost works on stainless, but the washer was bending, I guess it's a good thing I went with aluminum. Used aluminum over stainless because the gains of the stainless in the sense of heat transfer in my mind don't out-weigh the weight savings of the aluminum over stainless. Price wise it was the same either way.

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    It ain't pretty that's for sure but it looks like it works pretty well. I think my hands would be hurting from squeezing the handle on the grips so much.
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    That's actually far from redneck. Keep it up. Makes me wonder why you sent out your TB lol.

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    Although a little late... Thanks for posting that!
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