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Fan disassembly problems.

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I've disassembled a few fans before, but all of the plugs under the sticker were easy-ish to remove. This one is almost perfectly flush with maybe a nanometer gap between the plug and plastic backing... I tried sanding the plug and using small amounts of superglue to attack a plastic rod (making sure none got in the crack), suction, and even gouging the plastic out from both sides and prying it up with thumbtacks. I'm pretty much out of ideas.

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Anyway, I plan on painting them red for pretty generic red/black themed build I've just started on. They're cougar 120mm fans, if anyone's wondering (and they look great biggrin.gif).
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Curved pick?
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I bent the thumbtacks to be curved, though it wasn't as strong as a curved pick would be, and they just bent right back. Got a set coming in the mail though.
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Are you sure its a plug, and not just connected in one piece? Try to see if the whole plastic cover can be removed
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The large plastic ring or the plastic shroud around the bearings? The large plastic ring can't be removed without first removing the fan blades. As for the shroud, I have no idea how I'd get that out. The plug is the only part I have access to.

Edit:

Ended up breaking one so I just tore it apart to figure out how it was assembled in the first place. Turns out, the only way to take the fan blades off is to actually pull them off, the clip that usually keeps fans in place isn't held back by anything but it's diameter inside the shaft, so it won't move when in normal operation; it's a tight fit (except maybe in extreme conditions). Pretty ghetto, but whatever works I guess.
Edited by havokk - 10/8/11 at 2:05am
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