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post #11 of 22
Unless the tubing size is smaller than the barb, you will have to use clamps or you will get a leak.

So:

7/16" ID Tubing on 1/2" Barbs - No clamps needed
1/2" ID Tubing on 1/2" Barbs - Clamps required

I run 1/2" Tubing over 1/2" Barbs in my rig and with my Zip-tie clamps I haven't had any problems yet.
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post #12 of 22
Now that you are using the clamps you will be fine. I use zip-ties actually. They do the job best and they are so cheap
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post #13 of 22
I use 7/16 over 1/2 ... with compression fittings! Very safe imo
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post #14 of 22
Your water levels will drop down quite a bit during first week due to air bubbles working themselves out, especially those hidden ones in the radiator that take awhile to escape.

As for the leak, it may have been the tubing getting dislodged and misaligned on the barb or the barb becoming loose when you were checking them and clamping them. Try redoing it again if you still leak. I've had similar leaks like yours and use the same exact brand/size tubing. These were the main culprits and these happened on test runs and were fixed with no problems.
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post #15 of 22
isn't G1/4" the thread size not to barb size
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post #16 of 22
1/2x3/4 white primo + 1/2x3/4 compression (tfc):

Here's a little table to help:

http://www.weeksmotorcycle.com/fraction-to-metric.html
Edited by wermad - 2/18/11 at 10:09pm
post #17 of 22
I got the rasa kit and I def opted to order some primochill green uv hosing. I snagged it in the 7/16 variety. Figured the tighter fit would be great with compressions

I think it's been said enough in this thread, but I'll go ahead and say it too. Use clamps with 1/2 hosing over 1/2 barbs.

Or you could just get compression fittings and be good to go
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post #18 of 22
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Yeah definitely using clamps with my tubbing solved the issue, but its not as clean looking.. I may just order some Primochill 7/16 tubbing now! Rep to everyone! Thanks again !
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post #19 of 22
glad you are getting everything worked out

good you found the leak before it starting screwing up you stuff
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Originally Posted by Northstar View Post
Yeah definitely using clamps with my tubbing solved the issue, but its not as clean looking.. I may just order some Primochill 7/16 tubbing now! Rep to everyone! Thanks again !
Yeah man just get 7/16 it looks nice and doesn't kink at all plus is very tight up there.... almost impossible to leak (get compression fittings if you want to be extra secure)

Worth the money.. better than frying your system
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