Changing Centering Pegs and Flaring Dies

Impress Bead Liner – Centering pegs: Removing and Installing

Centering pegs screw into the top of the anvil, or bottom post. They are there to keep your tubing centered while flaring it.

The quickest way to change sizes is by using the Little Phil screwdriver/wrench. Its small size allows it to fit between the cone and anvil. It’s simply a matter of unscrewing the little centering peg or Flaring Die and swapping in a different size!

If you don’t own the Little Phil, you will need to remove the base plate from the Impress and use a standard tool.

To avoid misalignment, do not remove the anvil (ie, the bottom post) from the base. Pegs should be changed from the top, Using the Little Phil tool, or by removing the base and using a standard #2 Phillips Screwdriver. Flaring Die pegs can be changed with the Little Phil Socket wrench (on the back end of the tool) or with a standard 1/4 inch (6.3 mm) nut driver.

What you’ll need:

  • #2 Philips screwdriver (1/4 inch shaft.) Don’t try to use a smaller screwdriver. It will damage the slots of the peg. Or,
  • 1/4 inch nut driver (For Flaring Dies) Or,
  • Little Phil tool (Best option, as it doesn’t require disassembly of the Impress)

Before removing the base, notice one leg of the Impress has a number in the casting. Mark the end of the base that is on that side, so you can put it back the same way it was.

Now remove the two large flat-head screws from the bottom which attach the legs to the base. once it is off, you can easily access the centering peg. Change the peg by unscrewing it from the bottom post. Take care not to twist the post, which might loosen it. Hold it with a pair of pliers if necessary. Do not over-tighten the centering peg. Just use one finger and thumb on the screwdriver. The bottom post is hardened tool steel and will cut into the softer screw threads quite easily, damaging the peg and making subsequent removal difficult.

After changing the peg, re-assemble the base onto the Impress body. Screw one screw in almost all the way, but leave it loose enough so the other screw can self-center as the tapered head aligns with the hole in the base. Gently tighten the second screw, and then go back and gently tighten the first one. Now tighten both equally. This ensures correct alignment of the base assembly and upper body.