Originally Posted by SaltwaterCooled
You're a bit misleading with your last few questions EG- 7/16 ID over 1/2" BARBS, is a good idea, I run that clampless, but I would never run 1/2" ID over 1/2" barbs clampless.
Difference is that FIS is using compressions, which lock the tubing in place, so you don't need clamps and the tubing will not pull out of the fitting. As FIS said, compressions only work with exactly matched ID/OD on the fitting and tubing. Otherwise the tolerances are thrown off and you don't get the tight seal that you want.
Stallion, I think it's time for more pics
Sorry if i was misleading!
I would actually like to compare the safety between:
a. 7/16 id tubes on 1/2 barbs + clamps (my setup)
b. 1/2id tubes on 1/2 compression fittings
in case b as you correctly say, the id and od have to be specific (wall thickness matters) and be based on the comp. fittings specs, but still from what i have read option a is more safe, but a little bit more 'ugly' if worm clamps are to be used.
So, my point on all that was, that option a is safer than option b. I do not know if compression fittings (option b) can guarantee the safety of 7/16 and clamps (option a).
Of course, appearance and performance are better using option b...Edited by ElGreco - 7/3/11 at 9:46am