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I've just gotten to getting my WC setup put together. I have 7/16" tubing over 1/2" barbs. I cut a little 6" piece of tubing just to see how easy it would be to get the tubing over the barbs. Of course I needed to run the tubing under hot water to get it soft enough to push over the barb. After getting the tubing over and letting it cool, the tubing is wicked friggin tight. I ran some water through the block (an MCW60) and bent the tubing every which way...it didn't seem to leak at all. Is it really necessary to use clamps and ties with such tight-fitting tubing?
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i would use them, just to protect all your valuable goodies.
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Haha alright fine then, I'll get some zip ties on there...the tubing is just so tight though! Maybe it just seems fine because I'm new to WC :/
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Well, the case get hot, the water gets hot so the hose won't be as tight as it is cold.
    
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I would also use them as well. Murphy's law can always come to play.
    
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post #6 of 10
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Well, the case get hot, the water gets hot so the hose won't be as tight as it is cold.
Hmm good point.
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post #7 of 10
Yea at first it can seem like you can do without any sort of clamping of the hose, but it is best to tie them down, because when that day comes when that coolant leaks all over your precious parts..you will look back to this day...better to be safe than sorry aye?
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post #8 of 10
Quote:
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Well, the case get hot, the water gets hot so the hose won't be as tight as it is cold.
I personally don't think that would have much effect; particularly since the temps only change a few degrees and most likely would not get hot enough to soften the tubing. I've seen several rigs with 7/16 tubing on 1/2 barbs where no clamps/ties were used. But for peace of mind it doesn't hurt to use zip-ties.
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post #9 of 10
I always use clamps or zip-ties even when using the 7/16", if I kill my rig its going to be from over-volting it, not from water damage...
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post #10 of 10
I would personally never trust zip-ties, but many people do. i'd go for nothing less than the worm-drives though.
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