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Got another idea that may have been done already. I could try it but I'm a bit busy tbh. Anyone wanting to try, here's what I got so far:


-7/8x5/8 Plexi tube (eplastics 6' ~$13).
-G3/8-19 Tap (~$24 mcmastercarr.com, ~$15 ebay-chinese sellers)
-G3/8 to G1/4 adapters, these are pretty common. More than I had expected. Phobya has some inexpensive fixed (~$2-3) and rotary adapters (~$3-4). There's male g3/8 to male g1/4 (aquatuning) and there's a few male g3/8 to female g1/4. The ones i narrowed down where the Phobya fixed male g3/8 to female g1/4 mainly due to the longer g3/8 threads. Most use the standard length ~5mm of thread for both. Though, tbh, it may work just fine w/ 5mm long threads since the tap should be better then the 1/2 id to g1/4 approach.
-Silicone tube of 9/16" od (mcmastercarr.com ~$8 for 5') is ideal as it won't get stuck. 1/16" smaller size gives you a bit of slack so the cord/tube doesn't get stuck inside the acrylic tube. This is what was recommended for 1/2" id tube (7/16" silicone) and it worked perfect for me.


So here's what I've gathered:

G1/4 tap needs a minimum hole of 11.8mm. Unfortunately, 1/2" comes in ~12.7mm which makes the threads very shallow (and easy to tap on a positive note). Found out first hand not all g1/4 threads are the same so as a few folks already pointed out, you're limited to a few fittings that will hold. Even still, I found this to close for comfort and with a small and good pull, it comes off easily.

G3/8 requires a hole of 15.25mm to tap. Fortunately, 5/8" id tube comes in ~15.88mm. There's a very small difference (in terms of tolerances tbh) between the tap hole size and the tube id. So this seems more viable as the threads will be deeper and will most like accept a wider range of fittings.Also a good cause to try the much unloved G3/8 stuff.

7/8x5/8 tube has the same wall thickness as the 3/4x1/2 (1/8" ~3mm) so you still get those nice bends. I do't know if 3/4x5/8 is ideal as I and some have pointed out its a tad too thin to thread (imho and shared as well).


I'm still open to trying this since I can exchange the tube I have for this new size. I got a few other commitments from the forum as well as the more important life ones preoccupying me atm, so I just won't have time.


If you do try it, let us know if it works. You'll be sporting bozz 7/8" od (22mm) tube. Its not too big tbh, as some compression fittings measure ~24mm on the outer ring's diameter.
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So, this is what happens when you never take shop class and never should take shop class




Almost 12 feet of acrylic and nothing but failures. Some people are never meant to touch acrylic, I am officially one of them. I'll stay with flex tubing.

Word of warning to those who contemplate this idea, really sit back and think over the idea...
Edited by Roikyou - 4/13/14 at 5:02pm
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So, this is what happens when you never take shop class and never should take shop class




Almost 12 feet of acrylic and nothing but failures. Some people are never meant to touch acrylic, I am officially one of them. I'll stay with flex tubing.

Word of warning to those who contemplate this idea, really sit back and think over the idea...

Wow!! Was it that bad? I found that it just took a little practice before I came out with the final products, well what I thought was good enough.. biggrin.gif
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Wow!! Was it that bad? I found that it just took a little practice before I came out with the final products, well what I thought was good enough.. biggrin.gif

without the mandrels and the kit, I compared what I did by hand, not very close to 90 degree bends. The miter box worked once for me, no clue how it went so far off track on the second cut, I was more afraid of cutting through the bottom and didn't even think about it going off track and cutting the side.

I've got such, in my opinion, complex bends, this experience put enough fear where I don't want to touch acrylic, I'm ready to be done before any more damage is done.
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The thing about acrylic is you really have to plan your loops out for the most simple layout possible. Think ahead of time how you can limit the amount of bends. Also avoid doing one bend close to another one.

As for the miter, i have cut the crap out of mine. The slot in mine is likely a good few mm deeper than it was originally. It is easier to use now IMO.
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The thing about acrylic is you really have to plan your loops out for the most simple layout possible. Think ahead of time how you can limit the amount of bends. Also avoid doing one bend close to another one.

As for the miter, i have cut the crap out of mine. The slot in mine is likely a good few mm deeper than it was originally. It is easier to use now IMO.

I wish it was that simple

Here's a pic I did this afternoon, I was trying to clean up the wiring. You can see the two loops at the top where I'm connecting the two 480's in series, the output goes to the gpu.



Here's a couple phone shots



You can see the pumps in series, goes to cpu to 480 to 480 to gpu to 360 to pump



I don't know how to make it more simple then that other than taking radiators out. Maybe it's just not meant to be.
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I'm still open to the idea but it s way more involved and a definite challenge.
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I'm still open to the idea but it s way more involved and a definite challenge.

I'm guessing your talking about my crazy build, I would agree on the challenge part and for first time acrylic, I have a lack of words for it. (maybe I'm reading into another part of the thread...)
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From personal experience smile.gif. I made my first attempt before these forming Kits were out.
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From personal experience smile.gif. I made my first attempt before these forming Kits were out.

I give you guys kudos, there are you whom have the knack and then there's us who struggle to get it done or in this experience, attempt it.
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