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I just got 3m of EK ZMT tubes, I wonder if these tubes after flushing the system. They will last forever? Like there are no need to replace them at all?

 
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I use it and I firmly believe they probably would last. They're not prone to plasticizer or cloudiness, maybe dry rot at some point way way way down the line, but the conditions would have to be harsh I think for that to happen.
 
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I don't know about "forever", but it will definitely last a number of years. Likely far longer than the usefulness of the loop it is in. Which is good....since it is a real pain to do the initial install with. tongue.gif
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It can be difficult with certain fittings. Even with EK's own fittings it was a really tight fit, but thats good imo. Removing it was more of a pain to me because the entire fitting wanted to turn out of the port instead of just the collar, but I used fittings with a knurled base to help. Another nice thing about ZMT is it can do pretty tight turns before it kinks.
 
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I notice it is going to be very hard to turn the compression fitting ring into it. I think by adding a bit of water would help the frictions.

 
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ZMT tubing is excellent choice. Especially for places where ease of maintenance is top priority. I have one working rig where case is externally abused on frequent basis. More scratches than all tigers put together. biggrin.gif There is also a lot of dust which is impossible to control - just using air compressor every couple months to blast everything out.

ZMT working like a charm. For bleeding/draining it's very easy. You can do really crazy bends with ZMT. Pricing is superb. It'll work a long time, not forever, but I guess 5+ years no problem provided that coolant is exchanged yearly. Of course tubing longevity will vary wildly depending on amount of heat put into the loop which is not the same with 1 Radeon 7950 and 4 Teslas for example or 1 i5 vs 2 Xeons.

Keep in mind that before using ZMT tubing flush it to remove possible rubberized residue. Fittings are very tight (in confined spaces using tools may be required to un-/screw the compression ring properly) and unlike with PVC tubing you can't "adjust a bit" tube after screwing fittings if the bend or routing is not to your liking - rubber elasticity comes to play - tube will move back. Remember always wet heavily both the tube and barb - that way if you want to make some correction by few degrees tube will have some lubricity; if you fit it dry it'll be pain to move unless you have Hulk hands wink.gif. That's probably the only minus when compared to PVC.

I wholeheartedly support use of ZMT if looks is a non-issue. Fantastic stuff.
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