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Originally Posted by BuToNz View Post

Do I see a gap in the black? wink.gif
Joking! Fantastic work as usual, you can't begin to imagine how hooked you've got me thumb.gif

I always have a little gap, this allows the client to have a little freedom in placement. =)

My primary goal even though I sell sleeved goods is to get people to do it themselves. Thats the whole point of sharing all the info I learn, as there is nothing compared to doing it yourself and the feeling it gives you.

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Originally Posted by eskamobob1 View Post

Nice pin mod smile.gif
And do you guys have any tricks for training the wires of a custom harness before sleeping them? I usually just mount them in place and force then to take the shape, but I was wondering if there is a better way as I will be doing 3 custom harnesses in the near future redface.gif

I just updated the FAQ to reflect this answer.
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Training Your Sleeved Cables – How do I train a sleeved cable to bend a certain way and look cleaner? Also, how do I get the same look as the cables that I see in your pictures?


I get asked the latter question all the time. If you have read through the FAQ you will know by now there is a huge different between an extension and OEM sleeving.

An extension by design simply extends the existing cable, this allow for a perfect 1-1 pinout that goes straight from one connector to the other. This allows for a perfect looking cable and is one of the reason my sleeved cables pictures look perfect and rainbow or “flow” exactly the way I want them.

OEM psu sleeving (sleeving the existing cables) however will be a harder task as you are at the mercy of the PSU maker and the pinout they have used. This can make training your cable very difficult. However read the following tips for producing a better result.

There are eight tips for achieving a good looking cable in terms of organization and training it to “flow” properly.

1. Tighten the sleeve as much as possible! This will work with plastic sleeve the best - but is still totally possible with paracord if you stretch it right. If you get the right stretch down and do it consistently – the full cable will hold its shape better.

2. As you are sleeving and putting the wires back into the connector, bend and train the cable as you finish each row. This will give you an upper hand when you end up training the whole cable. To train the cables - simply hold the row in your hand and do slight bends in the direction you want the cable to go all the way from the front of the cable to the back. If done properly it will make the final training of the full cable much easier.

3. Train, train, and train the finished cable, then come back and do it some more. Do this before you put it in the system and after. For example hold all the rows together and bend in the direction you have been training them by doing slight bends from the front to the back. Once the cable is in the system do the same thing until you get the desired result.

4. Zip-ties are your friends! If you get handy with some zip ties this will make it easier when its placed into the system - a few well-placed goes a long way. For example, a zip-tie behind the case on a 24pin will bundle the cable some and allow you to train it easier on the facing side.

5. Learning about wire lengths and how to use them to your advantage will help a long way into getting the cable to bend the way you want. This however takes time and trial and error. For example making one row slightly longer on the outer bend will give you some extra slack to bend the cable in the right direction. This however is mainly for extensions or pcie/ eps cables.

6. The wire you use will affect how easy it is to train the cable. Try different kinds until you find a stiff cable that is easy to sleeve. However always stick to 18awg, just look for different wire coatings. I would stay away from solid core as they are harder if not impossible to get a good crimp.

7. If you are doing an OEM PSU you will have to train the parts that are seen and tuck away the other side. This is due to the OEM Pinouts. For example, use a zip tie to hide the twisting and double wires of a 24pin to the back of the case. Then train the exposed cables until the desired effect is achieved.

8. Make yourself a set of extensions to add onto your OEM sleeved cables. This is the perfect way to get your cables to look professional and get the look you always wanted. This will include making custom length OEM cables and then using the extensions to get the perfect bend. Its more work for sure, but for those that desire nothing less than perfect – this is the only way to go.

I will be honest however, training a cable is an art. It will take tons of trial and error and practice until you get it down. Even then sometimes with OEM sleeving (sleeving the original cables) the PSU makers pinout will make it very hard and sometimes almost impossible to get a perfect “flow”. But, with enough practice you can make it look pleasing.

Edited by Lutro0 - 11/24/12 at 2:00pm
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ty for the advice... i will be making custom cables (i only use full modular PSUs), and also using para coard... I train every wire individually before i sleeve and make the cable, so the cabel as a whole will natualy take the shape i want when i put it together... what i have been doing is using zipties and sewing the cables before i sleeve them to hold them inplace where i want... i was just wondering if there was a smaller cable that posibly had an Al braid (like a lot of large scale wires do) that i could use to help keep the training better smile.gif
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that's some pretty sexy stuff =)
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ty for the advice... i will be making custom cables (i only use full modular PSUs), and also using para coard... I train every wire individually before i sleeve and make the cable, so the cabel as a whole will natualy take the shape i want when i put it together... what i have been doing is using zipties and sewing the cables before i sleeve them to hold them inplace where i want... i was just wondering if there was a smaller cable that posibly had an Al braid (like a lot of large scale wires do) that i could use to help keep the training better smile.gif

I just updated the Sleeving FAQ to reflect your answer more indepth. thumb.gif
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I just updated the Sleeving FAQ to reflect your answer more indepth. thumb.gif

tyvm smile.gif
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Whew, two cut fingers on my left hand and a burnt thumb and finger on the right hand and only half of a cable done. I don't know how you guys can stand to do a whole power supply.


Edited by Narcolepsy - 11/24/12 at 9:47pm
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I haven't tried it yet, but I applaud your sleeving and photo skills thumb.gif
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Wow Just went through all 800 pages... I was just going to get the MDPC-X holiday kit but now I want to mix it up and do black and red sleevless. Is it easiler for first timers to pull one cable out at a time and sleeve each one then put it back? I fear that I would probably short circuit something if I do full custom Cables.
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I did the once wire at a time method, worked fine for me smile.gif
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Whew, two cut fingers on my left hand and a burnt thumb and finger on the right hand and only half of a cable done. I don't know how you guys can stand to do a whole power supply.

Looks great! I had a tiny bit of colour bleed with the white too, it's a shame but barely noticeable.
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