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I just got my Swiftech MCR 220 Rad, and from the diagrams, it shows this beast mounted with the barbs on top. Now the question is ..can I flip it and have the barb on the bottom so I can run my lines thru a expansion slot or is it better to drill the holes and run them from the top??
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BUMP..come on guys
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I just got my Swiftech MCR 220 Rad, and from the diagrams, it shows this beast mounted with the barbs on top. Now the question is ..can I flip it and have the barb on the bottom so I can run my lines thru a expansion slot or is it better to drill the holes and run them from the top??
I'm not an expert, but I'll take a shot at it, and others can take a shot at my answers. Please!

Many people mount them barbs-down, the only issue that I can think of being getting the bubbles out.

I believe some ThermoChill rads are designed to be mounted barbs down, with a bleed valve on top, so the valve can be opened, and the radiator filled till fluid reaches the valve--close the valve, bubbles gone.

If you mount it barbs down, and it doesn't have a bleed valve, I suggest making sure that you can tilt it barbs up when filled to get all the air out--maybe leave the mounting bolts loose so you can take it out and wiggle it around, tap it, etc.

I had the same issue with my pump, which is mounted barbs-to-the-side. It made noise until I unmounted it and turned it barbs up with the power off and tapped it--then air came out. Restarted, and blessed silence.

Hope this helps! Where's my rep!
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Well in answer to your question yes you can.

As indicated somewhat before just make sure you bleed the system before closing the circuit off.


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I don't think it will make a difference in cooling, take my heater core for instance, they sit sideways, I believe that there is a divider in the tank side which forces the water to go to the tubes rather than just flowing directly from inlet to outlet. Although I have never ripped one apart in all my years of working on cars and replacing countless heater cores, common sense tells you that it has to work this way. If not the water in the tubes would just lie there while water flowed from inlet to outlet, the path of least resistance. The exception would be if the inlet and outlet were mounted like a cars radiator where one is on top and the other is on the opposite side bottom. you just have to get the air out before you mount it in that position.
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