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    Flared or Beaded Tube ends

    Anyone know who does this ? I think I'm going to use copper tubing for my IC but I would like to get the ends flared. I've read where you can use epoxy and tape to shape it. JB Weld is rated to 500 degrees so might be busting it out. I hear copper is better for IC's than aluminum because of it's heat conductivity. I would think JB Weld would hold up fine.

    Any recommendations ?
    I've seen a beader wrench but it's for small pipe.

    Would an exhaust company do it for me ? or maybe a automotive specialist.


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    send it to me and I`ll flare the ends free, shipping there and back you pay.

    Just a hint: JB Weld sucks. JB Weld doesn`t exoand and contract.

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    I pm`d you in return and figurred I`d post what was in it so everyone else can do the same as I advised you of.

    Harbor Freight has an exhaust pipe expander. Its cheap! This will enable everyone to "flare" their oen pipes. When you go to flare just stick the die in about 1/8"-3/16" in the pipe and start cranking. Just enough to flare the ends. Sandpaper edge as not to dig into hose. Thats it.

    If anyone does not feel comfortable doing this I will free as it will take me about 3 mins to complete. 2.5 minutes will be unpacking what you shipped. Its that easy! But if you buy the tool you own it for future mods. Since alot of people are doing mods needing flares I highly advise buying one. As stated in the post today about safety its essential. We all need to be safe on the water. Can`t pull over and call a tow truck.

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    Is this what I need
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=37354
    That would be bad as* if it does the job.
    Looks like autozones has them. I'm going to try them out first.

    Think they have a 10dollar pipe bender too ?

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    Thats it! The pipe benders you can get from them,,,,well,,,,don`t really bend pipe. They kink it and you better get on the juice to use them.

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    What would I need to cut a 3" aluminum pipe ? Would a hacksaw work. I see foot long aluminum on ebay.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/3-Aluminum-Tube-...QQcmdZViewItem

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    I have an idea. You can buy about $100 worth of JB Weld. Roll it up into a log, shape it the way you need it and let it harden. Then you can hollow it out with a die grinder, add silicone couplers and "PRESTO" you have intercooler plumbing

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    I thought about buying $50 dollars worth and rolling around some 2.5 tubing then shaping the flare.

    I'm trying to conform.....

    Taking the step from ducktape to JB weld was big. Now I'm hearing about all this tubes, welding and bending stuff.

    Without greenkhulk.net, JB Weld and the internet my ski would be going 64mph.

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    A saw-z-all to cut or get a large tubing cutter from Home Depot. I personnally don`t like tubing cutters because they leave a ridge on the ID that has to be die grinded out.

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