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Hey all, doing my first loop and am about 14hrs into my leak test with no issues! But I have concern...

I bought the EK L120 kit from Microcenter this weekend to get my build going and got some clear tubing as I want to dye it later down the road once I get the whole setup finalized (still working on the best way to cool my MSI R9 390. Full WB or Thermosphere).

Cleaning components:



My question is that I have these EK fittings https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-acf-fitting-10-16mm-nickel, but my tubing is 7/16" which is ~11.125mm. Since Microcenter only had that size in clear and I tested the fitting before I bought it and it was pretty snug, I couldn't pull the tubing out of the compression fitting, but I'm worried since the tubing doesn't really "fill out" the fitting as in it's quite easy to screw the collar on most of the way until the very end when it gets tight smashing the tubing in there.

Like I said no issues after 14 hours, but will check once I get back from work today and should be at that 24 hr. mark. Anyone have any experience with bigger ID tubing on a fitting? If so lemme know I'm worried it'll have issues later on.... Even though heat should expand the tubing making it a tighter fit???

This is how it's running now:



Any help is apprecaited!
Thanks!
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Originally Posted by bkal117 View Post

Hey all, doing my first loop and am about 14hrs into my leak test with no issues! But I have concern...

I bought the EK L120 kit from Microcenter this weekend to get my build going and got some clear tubing as I want to dye it later down the road once I get the whole setup finalized (still working on the best way to cool my MSI R9 390. Full WB or Thermosphere).

Cleaning components:



My question is that I have these EK fittings https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-acf-fitting-10-16mm-nickel, but my tubing is 7/16" which is ~11.125mm. Since Microcenter only had that size in clear and I tested the fitting before I bought it and it was pretty snug, I couldn't pull the tubing out of the compression fitting, but I'm worried since the tubing doesn't really "fill out" the fitting as in it's quite easy to screw the collar on most of the way until the very end when it gets tight smashing the tubing in there.

Like I said no issues after 14 hours, but will check once I get back from work today and should be at that 24 hr. mark. Anyone have any experience with bigger ID tubing on a fitting? If so lemme know I'm worried it'll have issues later on.... Even though heat should expand the tubing making it a tighter fit???

This is how it's running now:



Any help is apprecaited!
Thanks!

I personally havent dealt with anything like that but i'd imagine as long as the tube is fully pushed in and tightened down it should be fine unless the computer gets moved around alot. Once its tightened not much can pull it out or even loosen it. Hope this helps.
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I personally havent dealt with anything like that but i'd imagine as long as the tube is fully pushed in and tightened down it should be fine unless the computer gets moved around alot. Once its tightened not much can pull it out or even loosen it. Hope this helps.

Inverse thanks. the 24 leak test showed no issues, but the fittings never got tight which worried me as the desk is next to my closet door and gets bumped a lot. Got myself some 3/8 tubing and its so tight to crank on that fitting that I'm much more comfortable. Worth a try though!

If I didn't need to get this up and running for freelance work this weekend I may have let it run a bit more and shook it to see if I could force it to leak before leaving it on!
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My situation perfectly mirrors yours. I am sleeving/braiding my tubes. The sleeving takes up the extra space and passed my 24 leak test. If you feel a little sketchy you can just add some sleeving ( which I think looks great).


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My situation perfectly mirrors yours. I am sleeving/braiding my tubes. The sleeving takes up the extra space and passed my 24 leak test. If you feel a little sketchy you can just add some sleeving ( which I think looks great).


didn't even know that was a thing, beautiful! Well I can return that thinner hose as it was incorrectly labeled! Just have the EK ZMT on for now. Cleaned out the red dye as I didn't really care for it and it already stained everything, probably gonna go opaque white tubes to match my build better. More worried about getting my R9 390 underwater right now than making it super pretty! Gotta save for what matters!
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