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BEWARE: Tygon R-3400 Tubing

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For those who use, have thought of using, or used to use Tygon R-3400 Black Laboratory Tubing, please beware.

I originally used this tubing from 03/2011 until about 06/2011. After seeing weird buildup in my reservoir, I came to you guys for assistance. After much discussion and review, I replaced my tubing and never had this buildup again.

Almost a year later I open my case and take apart my components which include EK CPU and GPU blocks. It was disgusting. Not only was there leftover residue on the interior, but it still smelled as plasticizer just as it used to. The worst part is the threads are also "white" like plasticizer and that's going to be virtually impossible to clean.

I was quite disappointed as this is permanent damage. Granted it probably doesn't do much anymore now I don't use that tubing, but this is more a warning for those of you out there...I used this tubing for only three months and it coated my loop.
post #2 of 7
What are you using now?
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Immediately following my disaster with the R-3400, I went to what I believe was Tygon 2001 plasticizer-free tubing. It is not flexible and does not seem to be gripped easily by compression fittings.

I now own Tygon Norprene and am yet to use it.
post #4 of 7
Tygon Norprene is wonderful, it's plasticiser-free while still being flexible. I hope you got the 1/2" ID 3/4" OD (or similar thickness in smaller sizes), as the thinner norprene tends to kink easily. If you don't mind the matte black look, you should be very happy with it, been using it for years and it's by far my favorite tubing.
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post #5 of 7
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That's so encouraging! Yes, my tubing is 1/2 x 3/4 and it looks SO awesome. I love the matte look. I hope it works well.
post #6 of 7
What do you mean not gripped easily by compression fittings?

Actually I am using Lok-seal and they cut into the tubing slightly so I can see why bitspower or others might have a problem.
Edited by MaFi0s0 - 6/3/12 at 7:50am
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I'm am building my first wc computer and saw this post. I have Tygon R-3603 tubing is this simlar to the 3400 that had problems, or will it work ok.
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