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I recently upgraded my computer to a nice new water cooling setup on a budget. So I decided instead of ordering reinforced tygon from mcmaster carr I would try some cheep stuff from Lowes first.

I got 1/2" id 3/4"od reinforced vinyl tubing (forgot the brand), turns out the stuff is nearly impossible to kink (good) but its also nearly impossible to work into a somewhat compact bend. To top it off the only way to remove a barb from it is to cut it out...

On to my question is it safe to heat this tubing to get it bend and stay bent in a particular way? I need it to bend 180* in less than 120mm, is that a reasonable bend?

If this doesn't workout is there any "kink resistant" tubing that will bend extremely tightly? NO I don't want to use anti king coils.

Im new to water cooling and at school so I dont have access to pictures at the moment.
    
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Is this the tubing that looks like it has nylon bands embedded in it, like garden hose? You can heat up most tubing using very hot water. It will become much more flexible and will mostly conform to whatever bend you give it while cooling. You will also find that thinner tubing (1/2" or 5/8"OD) is easier to make tight turns.
 
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I see nothing wrong with giving the tubing a little hear to make it more pliable. Just dont overdo it and u should be all set. Or post a pic so ppl can brainstorm othet ideas

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Is this the tubing that looks like it has nylon bands embedded in it, like garden hose? You can heat up most tubing using very hot water. It will become much more flexible and will mostly conform to whatever bend you give it while cooling. You will also find that thinner tubing (1/2" or 5/8"OD) is easier to make tight turns.

Yup, Its pretty nice looking but I believe it also contributes to making my barbs impossible to remove and nearly impossible to insert into the tube. Il try some near boiling water when I get home, I need to flush out the rad anyways.

As for stepping down to thinner tubing, it might be a good idea. Especially since the very nice supplied koolance clamps are unable to fit around my tubing but, il have to pass on that I just like the idea of a thicker walled tubing that and I cant seem to find any thin walled tubing that is reinforced.

while leak testing (OUT OF SYSTEM) il run it without clamps as im pretty sure that its not going to leak due to how tight the tubing is on the barbs.

Then il order up some really nice lamptron clamps if I fell splurgey or just get a bag of little worm clamps.
    
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