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Hi all.

Basically i'm in the process of a build whereby I have 16mm hard tubing in the visible portion of the case, with many pass-throughs leading to the top and bottom of the case where i'm connecting the loop up with soft tubing. For the bottom of the case, there is plenty of room to use 10/16mm soft tubing I already own to connect up the pump and various pass-throughs. However, in the top of the case (out of sight), there is only about 3cm of height where I must fit 90 degree rotaries connected to the pass-throughs and tubing between them. To make matters worse, there are a few structural pieces up in there that I could dremel out, but would rather not.

So, my question is: is thinner tubing (ie 10/13mm or 3/8" - 1/2") with thinner walls more flexible for those tight spaces? Im not going to be doing tight bends up there so kinking shouldn't be an issue. The case is the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Glass in case it's relevant.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 9
If there's not much worry about kinking it should be fine. When you run the tubing just ensure it doesn't kink anywhere. I think thicker walled tubing is more resistant to kinks, but smaller tubing overall should be able to manage a tighter bend radius.
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I would use some bitpower 90 fittings, even if using soft tubes, this gives you better control where the 90 degree bend happens, great for the 4 corner of the case, or any other flow redirect..
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Using thin tubing (like 13/10) in very tight spaces is a risky proposition. If you absolutely have to do that then get for example some of adapters like AllGamer suggested. You'll eliminate all problems with kinking tube and possible leaks/flow restriction. Thin walled tubing is used only where thick tubing is not an option, but it also have severe limitations in locations where PC-case real estate is at a premium.
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Thanks all for your input. I do already plan on putting 90 degree rotary fittings up in the top of the case. Here's an image that may explain what I was thinking of a little better.
My only concern is that if one of the rotaries is quite close to the structural frame part, that maybe I won't be able to lift it up and over the structural piece to make it over to the other fitting.

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how about cutting short the hard tubing a little to match the size of the 90 degree fittings?
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Sorry I don't quite get what you mean. The hard tubing is in a separate part of the case to the soft tubing where it is visible.
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Sorry I don't quite get what you mean. The hard tubing is in a separate part of the case to the soft tubing where it is visible.

my bad, I see what you mean now, so you only have a 15mm cavity clearance to work with, as the hard tubes are mounted in that fixed fitting to the case.

no way man, 15mm is too small even for a tube, the fittings alone most of them are aprox 35mm for compression types.

you might not be able to hide that horizontal tube, the space is too small, even barb fittings are around 30mm
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my bad, I see what you mean now, so you only have a 15mm cavity clearance to work with, as the hard tubes are mounted in that fixed fitting to the case.

no way man, 15mm is too small even for a tube, the fittings alone most of them are aprox 35mm for compression types.

you might not be able to hide that horizontal tube, the space is too small, even barb fittings are around 30mm

My diagram should've been more specific. That's 15mm x2 so 30mm. It's more like 32 in reality, and a 90 degree rotary and a single 16mm compression fits. I've seen a guy do it before, so I'll ask him what he did. Thanks for your help!
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