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This thread will show you guys how to make your PC into a HOt Rod with an automotive AirCleaner mod.

Small chrome aircleaners from the Auto Parts are relatively cheap--you can actually find EL wire, CCL lighting, LED and "FIghter PIlot" switchees as well as a variety of other things to Mod your rig.

I happen to have a few case laying around--it's rainingg--I completed Blue Dream early this morning and now I want to play...

So stay tuned for a lil DIY guide to adding an AirCleaner to your Rig
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i considered doing that, this will be a cool documentation
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Does this like clean your rig? I have so much dust in there...

Also is there a way to have fighter pilot switches control bios reset.. If you can post a guide on that.
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There already are CMOS clear mods in the FAQs.

THere are two ways I am thinking of mounting it--both use the same method--top or side.

On the Side it will actually do something--keep the air flitered--but it also negates having a window on the panel...\\

On the top is just looks cool

For this particular mod I am go for the top as the case I plan to use is too small for a Blowhole fan and this will solve that problem... plus I have several mods in store for this case to try out some crazy ideas...including the Bullet-Hole mod
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Sounds awesome CD, can't wait to see how this all goes. Bookmarked.
    
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There already are CMOS clear mods in the FAQs.

THere are two ways I am thinking of mounting it--both use the same method--top or side.

On the Side it will actually do something--keep the air flitered--but it also negates having a window on the panel...\\

On the top is just looks cool

For this particular mod I am go for the top as the case I plan to use is too small for a Blowhole fan and this will solve that problem... plus I have several mods in store for this case to try out some crazy ideas...including the Bullet-Hole mod
If I get enough cash by next year I am going to be paying you lots of money to make me like a WC cooling kit with a bunch of mods

You are going to be a happy man. But only if I get the money
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If I get enough cash by next year I am going to be paying you lots of money to make me like a WC cooling kit with a bunch of mods

You are going to be a happy man. But only if I get the money
same with me
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LOL

Going out to the "shop" and I will take some shots--basically you tape the top panel--layout a hole for the fan you can fit inside the AirCleaner or inside the case (120 in the aircleaner this mod) cut it with a Hole Saw or jigsaw or whatever you got and mount a fan above or below the top panel. Take a piece of aluminum extrusion--in this mod 1" x 1/8" and bend it in a manner you will soon see to make a way to support a piece of threaded rod that will secure the air cleaner to the top...piecs of cake.

Back in a jiffy.
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Going out to the "shop" and I will take some shots--basically you tape the top panel--layout a hole for the fan you can fit inside the AirCleaner or inside the case (120 in the aircleaner this mod) cut it with a Hole Saw or jigsaw or whatever you got and mount a fan above or below the top panel. Take a piece of aluminum extrusion--in this mod 1" x 1/8" and bend it in a manner you will soon see to make a way to support a piece of threaded rod that will secure the air cleaner to the top...piecs of cake.

Back in a jiffy.
Lol, I have to PM you asking for a quote on a custom blue WC setup in a NZXT Zero with this aircleaner (If it removes dust I guess) and a few mods like the pilot switch CMOS clear and instead of 4 120 MM fans one huge 25 CM blower rofl.

Anyway enjoy yourself. I subscribe to all your threads from now on..
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I think you guys are gonna like this.

I was slacking and took my time--but is you got yer chopz together ou could pop this out in an hour max.

Materials are super cheap.
Here's the list

1- 2 1/2" 1/4-20 machine screw and a nut

1 el cheapo aircleaner ($23) that is exactly this size. They got them everywhere...proll could find them online at half the price.

I really spiffy air cleaner thumbnut (gotta have--the mod fails without it)

A Fan you can mutilate

A 12" piece of aluminum bar (1" x 1/8").

Tools you will need:

Blue tape--every modder should have blue tape.

Pen--must have..

Jigsaw or something to cut the hole.

Dril and 1/4 or 5/16 bit.

Pliers of something to crank down the nut.

CLamp or vise or something you can use to bend the aluminum beside your teeth.

That's it!

Here are the pictures...I think it will be self expanatory





Now you initial idea for a fan hole would be trace a DVD and cut it out--well that could work but really you need to trace the iside of the aircleaner base--but I start with an X from corner to Corner and then lay a DVD down and center the X in the hole and trace and then lay the aircleaner on and trace--it helps keep it centered.
Optionally you could eliminate the base and just use the aircleaner filter to make a nice seal--but I like the base.


Here is the sacrificial fan a real whopper of a Panaflo medium--if this doesn't cool a case nothing will. We all know and respect Panaflo, right




With laser like precision I gashed a hole in the top. Note how the blue tape is used to protect the spanky new PC from gouges? That's
because you never can be too careful.


Now some people use tape measures...but the problem is getting the piece to fit--so I usuall mark things to the actual shape of what I am fitting. In this case the handle-shaped piece of aluminum I am about to make here needs to git thorugh this hole--so I centered it and marked it for a 5" top 2" sides and 1 1/2" flange.











This is what will hold the aircleaner against the panel--this could work on a side panel as well.





I did not have a long enough bolt but I did have a piece of threaded rod--I mark it with--ou guessed it--blue tape to gut it for size after nutting it to the aluminum.


















Now that was really fun.

The key to this part of the mod is marking the fan so it fits perfectly--I mean really no more than a 1/8" between success and failure.

The fan need to be trimmed to lay in the base and not fall thtogh--set be small enough for the aircleaner to snug over it and support it.

The Panaflo is a looud fan IMO and the filter will muffle it and support it and dampen the vibration.

The point of modification IMO is improving the PC not just making it look gizomofied.

This will both immensely improve the airflow and add a neat feature to any case. As you might be able to see this iscould go on a side paenl wheere as an intake it would actually filter the air.

In a Little case like this that only has a rear exhaust having a powerful side intake would have made more sense than having a powerful blowhole but I'm not done with this one yet...
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