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PPCS has them up on their site now and they look friigin sweet.

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=59_346_1026_1288
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Those look amazing! So glad I didn't buy the fittings for my build yet. Although these seem a lot more expensive...

But whatever, luckily I have a few bucks to throw away anyway smile.gif
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Make sure you watch Monsoon's "fittings" video before going with their fittings.

http://geno.boxgods.com/Hardline_Premium_Fittings.mp4

The reason I didn't even consider them was the acrylic lock collars that need to be glued on to the end of the tube for the fittings to hold onto. It's great it gives a "mission critical" bond and all that, but I have doubts I could ever make use of it except for on a few straight pieces or simplest of bends.

Monsoon Hardline acrylic fitting lock collar

From what little experience I have with acrylic tubing so far, and even using the Monsoon bending kit which helps quite a bit, I still find I always need to cut long on the ends by a couple mms and then sneak up on it by taking turns trying to fit it into place and sanding it down bit by bit to the correct length, and sometimes not until after I thought it was right and went ahead and added the next tube or two afterward will I notice it's still not perfect and that I still need to sand down the length a tad more, and sometimes repeat several times over before it starts to look right to me. Seems like once you glue those lock collars on the tube for the Monsoon fittings none of that is going to be possible.
Edited by Unicr0nhunter - 1/28/14 at 6:19pm
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Originally Posted by Unicr0nhunter View Post

Make sure you watch Monsoon's "fittings" video before going with their fittings.

http://geno.boxgods.com/Hardline_Premium_Fittings.mp4

The reason I didn't even consider them was the acrylic lock collars that need to be glued on to the end of the tube for the fittings to hold onto. It's great it gives a "mission critical" bond and all that, but I have doubts I could ever make use of it except for on a few straight pieces or simplest of bends.

Monsoon Hardline acrylic fitting lock collar

From what little experience I have with acrylic tubing so far, and even using the Monsoon bending kit which helps quite a bit, I still find I always need to cut long on the ends by a couple mms and then sneak up on it by taking turns trying to fit it into place and sanding it down bit by bit to the correct length, and sometimes not until after I thought it was right and went ahead and added the next tube or two afterward will I notice it's still not perfect and that I still need to sand down the length a tad more, and sometimes repeat several times over before it starts to look right to me. Seems like once you glue those lock collars on the tube for the Monsoon fittings none of that is going to be possible.

 

Just watched that video, and I see what you mean. But I do think the nice thing about Hardline is that you can buy the base/end-collar separately at a lower cost, rather than buying the full fitting. And as someone, me, who has a nearly full Monsoon fitting build, that money saved for when I plan to move to acrylic can easily mean a ton of extra tubing that I can buy so I have more room for mess-ups.

 

Also, it seems that you can still easily measure the required tubing length, and fixes needed before putting on the lock collar.

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Just watched that video, and I see what you mean. But I do think the nice thing about Hardline is that you can buy the base/end-collar separately at a lower cost, rather than buying the full fitting. And as someone, me, who has a nearly full Monsoon fitting build, that money saved for when I plan to move to acrylic can easily mean a ton of extra tubing that I can buy so I have more room for mess-ups.

Also, it seems that you can still easily measure the required tubing length, and fixes needed before putting on the lock collar.

Yeah, but maybe it's just me, but I keep getting a tube done and installed and it looks absolutely perfect to me, until I add other tubes elsewhere and realize they all aren't lined up on parallel planes to where they look terribly wrong / out of place, and I have to go back and hopefully still be able to fix one or the other(s) without having to start over, and then when I think I have them all right and I go to add another tube, I'm often right back where I was before.

Just holding a piece in place helps get it close enough for mounting, but you don't really know how it's going to look until it's screwed up tight into place. It's not at all like routing flexible tubing. Just the thought of having to glue little rings on the ends of the tube before you can even screw it into place gets a 'No way!' from me. I don't think I'll ever be done with any single piece of acrylic tubing in my build until they are all in place and screwed in tight and all look right together.

I'm sure many others are waaaay more gifted than I am and will make incredible looking builds with the Monsoon Hardline tubing and fittings, but I won't be one of them.
Edited by Unicr0nhunter - 1/28/14 at 7:06pm
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I ordered mine and cant wait to use them. Had to go back and order the glue because I hate watching how to videos. so thanks for this written information guys!!
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The glue requires UV light to cure, sunlight will also work.

Now I didn't see any of the bases up for sale yet nor extra collars. You get two collars per fitting.

Also, I wonder if the compression rings have to be exact OD such as 1/2" x 5/8" or if the 1/2" x 3/4" rings will work. I will know in 2 days tho so I'll report back.
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The glue requires UV light to cure, sunlight will also work.

Now I didn't see any of the bases up for sale yet nor extra collars. You get two collars per fitting.

Also, I wonder if the compression rings have to be exact OD such as 1/2" x 5/8" or if the 1/2" x 3/4" rings will work. I will know in 2 days tho so I'll report back.

yes be sure and let us know for sure I have 1/2 X 3/4 so I am hoping I can use my fittings with the carbon ring on them!!!

post #9 of 12
Anyone know how many fittings does the glue last for? Trying to figure out how many I should buy.
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i used maybe 1/2 a bottle of glue with 18 fittings. 1 bottle is more than enough for any build.
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