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post #11 of 15
You can prevent any vortexing by this simple drop down inlet mod. All it takes is a spare barb a piece of tubing.



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The factory sponge system works for lower flow rates up to about 1.5GPM, but above that you will have problems with vortexing. Using the top down inlet mod though is good to max flow rate no problem.

I would be careful with the hard coupler to the pumps like NaeKuh is showing, that's going to be a ton of leverage against the threads at the pump and a good way to break the pump top if you're not careful. It's also going to transfer pump vibrations up into the reservoir which if mounted solidly will create more noise. Better off allowing some separation if noise is a priority. Then you can fix the reservoir solid and allow the light pump to flow decoupled freely.

The 35X reservoir is better in this regard because it's small enough the mass doesn't affect it as much, but more importantly the entire reservoir base sits on the pump effectively increasing your leverage arm and reducing loading stress on the pump inlet. It's also reinforce by a much larger metal fitting that holds through the entire base rather than on a couple of small threads.

The 35X reservoir works well. I've been using it daily for a couple of months now suspended by tubing using the top down inlet mod...works good!
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Sweet solution Martin !
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martin your way makes it very tough to bleed because u have to use the top as an inlet.
And its going to be very difficult to fill that res up to the brim using the side ports.



It works on the XSPC because u have 2 fillports at the top.


See... one is an inlet.. the other is a fill port.

You cant do that on the swiftech one... so ur going to scream at trying to get it full.
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martin your way makes it very tough to bleed because u have to use the top as an inlet.
And its going to be very difficult to fill that res up to the brim using the side ports.



It works on the XSPC because u have 2 fillports at the top.

See... one is an inlet.. the other is a fill port.

You cant do that on the swiftech one... so ur going to scream at trying to get it full.
I've been using mine that way(Top down inlet mod) for a while, but the res/pump is mounted horizontal and I've got a fillport tube running from one of the side ports...

When vertical all you have to do is tip the res sideways and fill also...fillport tube helps for faster fills, but you could do without. It bleeds really well actually, and the surface water is completely still so no chance at all of vortexing. I have a video of the before and after of the mod here:


You could also drill and plug or even tap another hole through the brass top if you wanted...no biggie.
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I have an inch of clearance to my rad from the top of the res... I use a 90deg fitting with a fill tube and funnel, then top the bleeding off with a straw. No need for a vortex breaker cuz there's no air in the loop to create a vortex with.
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