[Pump Sleeving Time!]
I’ve been a little intimidated by sleeving all the wires on my MCP35X-2 pump - partially because it has lots of wires, and partially because it has some odd connectors. The MCP35X-2 is two MCP35X pumps joined together by sharing a common out outlet. That gives you about twice the pumping action of your standard (and also excellent) MCP35X and makes it possible to get the same output in the dual-pump X-2 model as the single model, but with lower noise as you can the dual-pump model at a lower RPM. Martin has an excellent and detailed review
[MCP35X-2 – Double the pump, and double the wires!]
The MCP35X-2 has 4 pin fan connectors – they aren’t any harder to deal with than the 3-pin connectors I am now used to, but the male-to-male connector the pump comes with (so that each pump can share the same RPM signal from your fan controller/motherboard) is a bit odd. You can see it pictured here in the bottom right corner, on the black countertop.
[Pump and connector cables]
I didn’t want to void my warranty or make any fancy decisions now I would regret later, so I decided to keep the wire length the same and use the same connectors the pump shipped with (rather than, e.g., soldering any wires together). Sadly, I forgot to order black female molex connectors and black 4-pin fan connectors; however, after separating the cables from the connectors, this ended up being no problem a rigged-up paint booth couldn't fix!
[Quality craftsmanship on that paint booth, huh?]
I was very pleased with the results after a few coats of paint. They are visually indistinguishable visually from purchased black connectors – the only downside is the paint can be scraped off (though not easily - it is surprisingly durable).
[The white connectors are now black after a few coats of paint]
Getting the sleeving on just right took some time, but I’m happy with the results.
[The unsightly blue painters tape is to keep things from falling into the pump until I plug the valves with tubing]
For comparison with the photo at the top, here is the sleeved MCP35X-2.
I’ve still got to finish the adapter cable the pump came with (I ran out of time last night). There is always more work for next time!
[The cable on the right of the photo is sleeved; the cable to its left still needs some work]Edited by Kallor - 4/30/12 at 12:00pm