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Yeah that sums it up. For some reason it seems that the coilsleeves on my R-1000 tubing get brittle. No longer do they stretch and flex. They just break. You can hear and fell them just snap in your fingers. Take them off and they come apart in little pieces.

Is there a reason for this? Am I touching them when I have coolant on my hands (Hydrix)? Or is it air exposure. At this point I think I'm just gonna bail and go for the harder tubings.

Anyways, my clamps seem to just squish and cut into my VERY soft Tygon tubing.

Any thoughts/ideas?
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Actually guys lemme ask you this.

If I'm gonna go 1/2 inch and not the soft tubing then what should I get? I mean I need flex of course but I don't want the kinking in the tubes. I know you can't have it all but the bends aren't too harsh.

OR

Should I close the spacing down on my coilsleeves to like 1/8" or less between the coils?
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Yeah you can just tighten up the cool-sleeves or get different tubing...This is pretty good stuff...


...1/2x3/4" Masterkleer
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Is it... THE BEST??

Is it... what YOU use?!?!

Thanks. ^_^
Plus I'm tired of the tubing sag that I get from the R-1k
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I recently tried some masterclear as well and put it up against my Tygon R3603.

While the tygon is softer and a bit easier to get on oversized barbs, my side by side test in min bend radius was very close and the Masterkleer was actually a touch better. The thicker the sidewall and the smaller the ID the better for tighter turns.

7/16" ID by 5/8" OD is the perfect spot for me, but 7/16" ID by 3/4" OD would be even better for really tight turns.

You can also make your own coolsleeves out of copper by winding some stripped molex. Kind of like I did here:
    
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Stripped molex what?

Sorry. You got me there but it DEFINITELY looks impressive.
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I'm using 1/2" ID Tygon Silver. The stuff is much stiffer and less prone to kinking than Tygon 3603. You can get better bends with Tygon Silver but you need something to hold the bends. I can't mount a D-Tek FuZion because the tubing lifts off the block!
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Is it... THE BEST??

Is it... what YOU use?!?!

Thanks. ^_^
Plus I'm tired of the tubing sag that I get from the R-1k


Yeah I started using it with my Pelt rig...I was using the 7/16x5/8" Masterkleer before that...I've used Tygon and don't really like it, its to soft and floppy...Don't let the price of the Masterkleer make you think its not good...Its very good tubing....
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I am looking to make quite a bit of flex line using Martin's idea. Probably will use solid copper electrical wire. I have a bunch of that stuff laying around. Now, to find an appropriate size dowel or rod
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Stainless steel springs inside tight bends FTW.
    
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