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Hey, I was just wondering if anybody has experimented with heat-shrink clamps on a watercooled system. They seem like they could have alot of potential.
I think they look MUCH cleaner than the standard spring clips or snap clamps.
These are the only links I found with the sort of product i am talking about.
Anybody know of one actually made for a computer?


http://www.chevsofthe40s.com/browse....t=030C&skip=67

http://www.gates.com/brochure.cfm?br...ocation_id=546
post #2 of 7
Too hard to get them off I guess. I would feel a lot safer with zip ties before some shrink wrap.
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I think I might order some for myself and give it a try. I dont see how it would be a bad idea. If you had to strip down your setup than it might suck, but I bet a razor blade would make it go much quicker.
post #4 of 7
Most tubing will not like the heat at all.

I tried sheathing and heatshrinking some tubing for a project and just the small amount of heat for this cosmetic heatshrink messed up the tubing.

To get that auto clamp to close up with heat is likely goinf to distort and weaken the wll of the tubing you want to clamp.

Nice find though and I wonder if trhere is some tubing that this would work well with (Tygon?)
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I figured with a moderate amount of heat the softening of the tube may create a perfect seal.

EDIT:
Found a better (retail) website. They are fairly expensive at $2.99 a piece, but it still might be worth looking into.

http://www.jegs.com/p/Gates/943359/10002/-1/155701


I will order a couple tomorrow, same day shipping, but they do not ship on sunday.
I want to do some tests to see if the tubing will handle the heat.
I also want to see what kind of psi the seal can handle.
Edited by SlantS - 6/1/08 at 5:34am
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Its surely not a quality of clamping issue where as automotive systems produce far more pressure than an PC WCing system... the effect on PCs and possibly screwing up the tubing, that is the likely issue!
    
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That would look really good with sleeving....But like everyone has said the tubing we use is probably just to soft, a heater-core hose is reinforced rubber, it might just cut all the way through normal WC'ing tubing....

I used to just use black sleeving and heat shrink on mine...

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