Originally Posted by capreppy
That is damn sweet. I am also looking to use BP 90 Acrylic fittings and seeing yours in action makes me feel good about my decision to go that route. I'm hoping to actually purchase all my parts in the next couple of weeks (hopefully by then X99 parts availability will have stabilized).
thank you, i appreciate your feedback.
I always encourage acrylic loops, that is, with as many or perhaps zero bends in the actual tubes. imo, ive never been fond of the rigid tubing thats been heated and shaped, it just lacks the same industrial style that i enjoy, and rarely do I ever seen loops that really nail the symmetry and layout comparable to setups with the fittings. However, the fittings indeed are extremely expensive, so its understandable to not go that route. But overall, It really seperates from the common builds and also speaks to your level of craftsmanship and the level of work that went into building your machine.
With that being said however, I still would warn anyone that it is indeed difficult to pull off successfully. as I said, its ridiculously expensive to gather all the fittings, and its also difficult to predict which and how many of each fittings you will need (also the bitspower ones, specifically black sparkle, sell like hotcakes and are routinely sold out everywhere)
. So you need to do a ton of planning and brainstorming as to how you want to plan your loop out. Its going to take a ton of patience and time. If you really want straight lines and perfect symmetry, youll not only have to measure to the point over and over again, youll also want to make sure you attempt to cut the ends of the tubes to be as level as possible, as this also effects how it will rest inside the fittings. All the angles and complexity of the loop will also hinder flow (but increase head pressure a bit) as well, so you want to make sure your pump(s) are adequately powerful.
my first acrylic loop took me so much trial and error, i eventually got frustrated and rjushed through it. Initially, I thought it looked great, but it didnt take long for me to realize how crooked and disproportionate all the bends and angles were, and I also put a ton of stress on all the angled fittings and mounts throughout the chassis. But now, Im so satisfied with my build that I find myself spending too much time staring at it instead of actually using it lol. I feel like its not too photogenic, odd as that sounds. It looks so much better in person, for some odd reason, whenever I try to take pictures, I just feel like theyre always lacking something, like the essence of it isnt quite there. Maybe thats just me being picky....
Originally Posted by FrancisJF
Transparent and better.
ah, indeed it is. Thanks Edited by Nichismo - 9/3/14 at 8:53pm