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May be way out of the ballpark but can you buy some silicone from hardware store and pour it in a spare piece of tubing and let it cure to make your own?



Not a bad idea but seems like a lot of work, I don't even know what the melting point of silicone is. Might end up releasing hazardous fumes in the process lol.


Anyways I went to the auto part store and got some fuel line hoses, 12mm and 13mm



I'll try it later when I get home
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tried the bitspower silicone a few minutes ago, bends look like total crap. Collapsed around the bends. Ugh.
    
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tried the bitspower silicone a few minutes ago, bends look like total crap. Collapsed around the bends. Ugh.



Sorry to hear that brother, but it's a good thing, you are a perfectionist, and you have pride in what you do. Just need to get the proper stuff and make it look good. My OCD would not allow me to have uneven bends, so i'm waiting for the new insert to come in, sand it down and try again.
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Wasn't it "proven" years ago that efficiency wise, 3/8th" is about the best size you can get, and that anything larger isn't really helping? May look nicer, but really, it doesn't affect performance.
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Wasn't it "proven" years ago that efficiency wise, 3/8th" is about the best size you can get, and that anything larger isn't really helping? May look nicer, but really, it doesn't affect performance.


Oh i know it doesn't do anything for performance, i'm doing this purely for aesthetic reasons. My case, is a large MATX case with a full sized tempered glass window so i just want to fill up the loop as much as possible.
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Here is a pic from my rig, first time using hard line tubing,

Same issue as posted by others could only find 10mm silicon for 12mm ID tube.

Dont think my bends turned out so bad, but could have been perfect if I had a 12mm silicon tube



No way could I have gone with smaller tubing, would just look meh
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I really wanted to go 16mm but didn't because I don't like the look of the bulbous fittings and they tend to look mismatched with angle/transition fittings.
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I really wanted to go 16mm but didn't because I don't like the look of the bulbous fittings and they tend to look mismatched with angle/transition fittings.


Not sure im picturing what you are saying about the bulbous fittings, my 12mm compression fittings are actually bigger than the 16mm push in fitting. which makes it look flared out like a mushroom, im looking for a clean/flush type fittings, and with the 90 degree elbow it looks great.
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Here is a pic from my rig, first time using hard line tubing,

Same issue as posted by others could only find 10mm silicon for 12mm ID tube.

Dont think my bends turned out so bad, but could have been perfect if I had a 12mm silicon tube



No way could I have gone with smaller tubing, would just look meh


Looks good brother, the only thing i see that is not smooth is the bend from the pump to the rad, looks a bit slim at the curve..that's the same thing that happened to me when i used an 11mm insert for a 12mm ID tubing.
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Looks good brother, the only thing i see that is not smooth is the bend from the pump to the rad, looks a bit slim at the curve..that's the same thing that happened to me when i used an 11mm insert for a 12mm ID tubing.
Cheers dude,

Didnt want to spam the OP's thread with photos but seeing its relevant, here is a close up of some bends



Need to make some time to get a build log up, its nothing special, just a 'classic' PC build

** EDIT **

Just saw you are the OP, lol

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Edited by mongoled - 3/2/16 at 6:48am
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