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Hey Everyone

I had my loop together for 3 months and then changed my cpu. I used the XSPC rx360 modified with an extra rad and some gpu blocks. In addition to the xspc provided barbs I also used ek barbs and tygon 7/16 clear tubing. I also purchased extra reusable "herbie" clamps, but didn't fit them as the 7/16" tubing felt really tight on the 1/2" barbs.

When I came to change my cpu I was lazy and I didn't drain my loop. When removing the waterblock the tubing kinked close to a barb and water squirted out from between the barb and the tubing. At this point I dissassembled the loop and noticed how much much the tubing had stretched in just 3 months. Here's a pic as an example:





The ek barbs (http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/fitting-1-2-id.html) were definitely worse than the xspc ones as the "ribbing" didn't seem provide grip so much as a reduced diameter would have let the tube grip the barb.

So my questions are:

Is it normal for tygon tubing to stretch this quickly? Should I buy a different brand? Are different colors any better?

Obviously I should have used clips in addition on the barbs, but i hate the look of clips, would compression fittings give as much security as herbie clamps/zipties?

In addition I run only distilled with a kill coil, no pt nuke. Is the amount of discolouration of the tubing normal? My reservoir on the other hand is perfectly clear.

Thanks for any advice!
     
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post #2 of 6
All normal, use clamps.

Be sure you open up your water blocks and clean them out. The plasticizer that leaches out of the tubing and makes it cloudy can also gum up the water blocks.
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Cool thanks, I heard of some tygon tubing with lower amounts of plastecizer that get leeched would that be better and if so does anyone know which one it is?

I can see:

non porous: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10...th_Tubing.html
ultra-chemical resistant: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10..._AJK00038.html
antimicrobial: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10..._AS600038.html
norprene: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10...ing.html#blank
     
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Hell my tubing is stretched like that after a few days
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Just a word of caution. I've found once stretched the tubing has a higher chance of leaking even with clamps. cut it out if you can
Edited by dazedfive - 5/28/11 at 11:58am
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So clamps vs compression fittings? Any difference in reliability?
     
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