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I got a question about sleeving the AP181 Silverstone fans that come with the FT02 case. Here's a picture of the fan controller end:



Now to sleeve this, would you just cut the wire off then clean the tabs of the connector so that after you sleeve the wires you can just as easily re-solder them back into place? By the way, after they are re-soldered back to the connector with individual heatshrink on each wire covering the solder joint, where exactly would you want to put the heatshrink for the sleeve itself. How close would you want to get to the solder joints of the wires and tabs is basically what I'm wondering about.
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post #8742 of 14329
I'm actually helping a friend with a FT02 and debating this sleeving challenge as well.
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Originally Posted by 350 Malibu View Post

Not even close to the same... I am looking at both right now, not the same at all.

I have black clean cut and black mdpc small.. it's a bit hard to tell them apart. I used 1/4" cleancut to sleeve my usb 3 wires and it was the perfect sleeve size.
Edited by adi518 - 2/16/13 at 2:40pm
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post #8745 of 14329
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Originally Posted by Vitaminx View Post

I got a question about sleeving the AP181 Silverstone fans that come with the FT02 case. Here's a picture of the fan controller end:

http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/1296306/

Now to sleeve this, would you just cut the wire off then clean the tabs of the connector so that after you sleeve the wires you can just as easily re-solder them back into place? By the way, after they are re-soldered back to the connector with individual heatshrink on each wire covering the solder joint, where exactly would you want to put the heatshrink for the sleeve itself. How close would you want to get to the solder joints of the wires and tabs is basically what I'm wondering about.

I just sleeved 3 of these fans a few weeks ago. I simply unsoldered the wires, put sleeve on the cable, slipped one piece of big heatshrink over the cable but didn't shrink it yet, slipped 3 little pieces of little HS over each wire but didn't shrink them yet, re soldered each wire back on just using the old solder, shrunk the 3 little pieces of HS over each soldered wire and then tidied up by shrinking the bigger HS over the lot.

I haven't had any issues with them at all doing it like this and its really tidy. I can get pics of the finished cable if you like. Hope that made sense.
post #8746 of 14329
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I just sleeved 3 of these fans a few weeks ago. I simply unsoldered the wires, put sleeve on the cable, slipped one piece of big heatshrink over the cable but didn't shrink it yet, slipped 3 little pieces of little HS over each wire but didn't shrink them yet, re soldered each wire back on just using the old solder, shrunk the 3 little pieces of HS over each soldered wire and then tidied up by shrinking the bigger HS over the lot.

I haven't had any issues with them at all doing it like this and its really tidy. I can get pics of the finished cable if you like. Hope that made sense.

So you have no wire showing then since you put the larger heatshrink right at the soldered joints then? I was wondering if its ok to do this, but I suppose it is since you did it with no problems. I was just wondering that if you applied heat to that area that it would effect the solder somehow and loosen the wires a bit from their soldered points.

Did you by chance sleeve the front panel connectors up to their soldered points as well and heatshrink over that? I stopped like an inch before because I wasn't sure.

By the way, if you got the pictures to post, I'd like to see them. Gives me some general idea of how it looks when its done.
Edited by Vitaminx - 2/17/13 at 12:36pm
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post #8747 of 14329
When it comes to sleeving is it better to use something other than Paracord since there would be some cables you couldn't do some of the cables with it? Like the sata cables and what not.
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When it comes to sleeving is it better to use something other than Paracord since there would be some cables you couldn't do some of the cables with it? Like the sata cables and what not.
Depends on what your scheme is. You can buy sata cables in almost any color so you might not need to sleeve them if you like the way it looks. I cannot think of any other cables that won't work with paracord.
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So you have no wire showing then since you put the larger heatshrink right at the soldered joints then? I was wondering if its ok to do this, but I suppose it is since you did it with no problems. I was just wondering that if you applied heat to that area that it would effect the solder somehow and loosen the wires a bit from their soldered points.

Did you by chance sleeve the front panel connectors up to their soldered points as well and heatshrink over that? I stopped like an inch before because I wasn't sure.

By the way, if you got the pictures to post, I'd like to see them. Gives me some general idea of how it looks when its done.

That is correct. I have no wire showing. I used a lighter to shrink the HS and it doesn't nearly put out enough heat to melt the solder so its all ok to do.

In my FT02 I sleeved from the tip of the front panel connectors (bit that plugs into the mobo) to an inch or so from the other end under the plastic lid bit. As no ones gonna see that end of the cable, I didn't sleeve them to the end.

Sorry but I can't actually get pics now. I just installed a H80i and the rad is way to close to the AP181 switches to photograph.
post #8750 of 14329
So I just received a crimp tool I ordered from performance pcs. Ha. What a joke.

The "crimp" can handle about 3 pounds of force before it fails and the cable comes free. I tried adjusting the die, different gauge cable, different diameter insulation with no luck. The crimp just sucks. It doesn't split the wire, it kind of just lays over it, if that makes sense. Here is a pic of what I mean. The exposed wire is too long, but I was just trying different scenarios at that point. Also, the insulation was actually under the second crimp, and i was still abke to pull the wire out no problem!

Sorry for the crappy iphone picture.



    
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