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With all things equal are regular barbs that have a few more "barbs" more reliable then the stubby barb fittings that have just one large one?

I am looking at starting my equipment list and looking at barbs. I am unsure about the compression fittings and it seams to me like the barbs will give a better fit and easyer to install.

Thoughts?

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post #2 of 7
As long as you use hose clamps it's not going to matter how long the barb is. If you're using 7/16" tubing over a 1/2" barb, *I* personally would feel safer with a longer barb. It'll have more surface area to stretch the tube out with and make a better seal.
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post #3 of 7
So long as your tubing is cut properly and you use hose clamps, it shouldn't make a difference.

Having used both barbs and compression fittings, though, I'll say that I definitely prefer the latter, even aside from the aesthetics.
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Originally Posted by mhaneline View Post
As long as you use hose clamps it's not going to matter how long the barb is. If you're using 7/16" tubing over a 1/2" barb, *I* personally would feel safer with a longer barb. It'll have more surface area to stretch the tube out with and make a better seal.
Also with the shorter barbs, beware any tugging that happens on the hoses with exterior mountings. If you have those plastic hose "clamps" they need a LOT of force to lock tight for the short barbs IME.
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post #5 of 7
Plastic clamps don't even deserve to be called clamps. If you are using barbs, you should be rolling with the brass wormgear clamps.
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post #6 of 7
Leaks come quicker when you use short barbs in combination with tight turns in your loop.
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post #7 of 7
Usually the stubby barbs are only used for connecting graphics cards in SLI like so:



As you can see if you used normal barbs in those positions they would not be able to fit. Stubby barbs are less secure although in those situations it isn't a problem because the tubing has nowhere to go.
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