Do note that Swiftech will void your warranty if you ever take the pump apart to clean or inspect it or to add a pump top to it. On every Swiftech pump page on the support tab
Important warranty information: Users are reminded that disassembling their pump for any reason, including for the purpose of upgrading the housing, automatically voids the pump warranty.
And FWIW here's Swiftech's rep discussing their warranty policy on their pumps recently ...
Originally Posted by BramSLI1
What the warranty basically states is that if you use a third party housing you're basically voiding your warranty on our pump. The issue stems from manufacturers producing tops that cause the pump to operate outside of Laing's specified design parameters. Due to this we can't honor our warranty if the pump has been disassembled and used with a third party top.
Our own tops are a different story. We adhere very closely to Laing's specified design parameters and therefore use of our pumps with our own tops won't void your warranty. The exception to this is if the top is improperly installed. If you cross-thread the screws or end up cracking the top due to applying too much force, this will also void our warranty. If our top leaks though, that's on us. I won't have any problem issuing an RMA for a pump that leaked after one of our own tops was installed on it properly. In fact, I've done this a couple of times when we had a bad batch of MCP35X2 pump tops that didn't sit properly on the pumps.
I get why Swiftech changed their pump warranty policies and started adding tamper-stickers to their pumps, but I'm not so sure their blame on other's pump tops isn't misplaced. If it was really such a big problem how is it their competition didn't have to resort to such measures?
You can buy the exact same Laing pumps from Aquacomputer, Alphacool, XSPC, Koolance, etc, often for less cost than Swiftech's pumps go for, and none of the others have any warranty issues with you disassembling the pump to inspect or clean it or using any pump top you want with it. Unless it's on sale for some ridiculous discount, there's just no good reason to buy a pump from Swiftech any more imho.Edited by Unicr0nhunter - 1/16/14 at 4:28am