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Tygon Tubing -- B-44-3 or B-44-4X?

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Hope I can get some answers here, as I wasn't able to turn up much in my searches.

Originally, I was set on getting Tygon 2001 for my new setup because it explicitly states that it has no plasticizer and I did not want to have the issues that so many people have with plasticizer. But as it turns out after talking to one supplier, 2001 is somewhat cloudy looking so it's no longer an option. However, he did suggest these 2. Both are labeled as laboratory tubing, but the 44-4X version also says food, milk, and dairy. I would assume the 4X doesn't have plasticizer but can't find any information.

So what exactly are the difference between these 2, and more importantly, what version tubing do I want to buy? The tubing has to be crystal clear, and can't have the plasiticizer problems like R3603, Primoflex, etc. I will only be running distilled water with Mayhems UV Clear Blue dye, a Monsoon silver bullet plug, and PT Nuke -Cu.
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I've tried several clear tubings, and the tygon 2001 and 44-4x were two of them. The 2001 was very cloudy, and the 44-4x was not as clear as the primochill (which plasticized for me also). I would buy the 4X over the 2001, as you've already decided, but I don't think it'll be the 'crystal clear' you're looking for. I've never tried the 44-3, so I'm sorry I can't help you there.

Here's a picture of a brand new primochill and then a brand new 2001 so you can compare. I didn't take pictures of the 4X:

450

2001:
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unfortunately, having a long term loop that will remain crystal clear borderlines on next to impossible and down right stupid luck.. There is a long thread somewhere here that some members of this forum has gone through "arms length" to try to find that perfect clear loop..

'Plasticizer Problems / Discussion / Gallery' updated

As some tests shows, it looks like tubing of the same make and model clouds more then others just based on batch.

It looks like the best way to do it is just get lucky and find that right batch of tubing, run plain distilled, intense flushing of new radiators and blocks, no silver coil, no biocide.. adding any of the latter will result in some chemical reaction in the loop causing the tubing to look cloudy..

/scratches head

I just went with colored tubings and called it a day, as I don't feel right running my rig 24/7 with absolute zero protection, currently using Blue and Red Primochill Pro LRT with silver coil + distilled only..
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