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Some of us nuts like to put fans in places their designers never intended. Tonight I am going to show you how to adapt a Gentle Typhoon for use with Noctua pegs and clips.

Why would I do this? After all, you can attach push and pull fans with Megahalems clips, right? Right. But that doesn't cover how to adapt a Gentle Typhoon or a Thermalright TY-140 to fit in the center position of a Noctua NH-D14. This does.

First of all, pick your weapon:

Saws_for_fan_corners_001.JPG

My favorite for fan work is the coping saw - you can undercut a sidewall if you need to.

Here is a screw slot. It even has receptacles for nuts. It's made to allow someone to quickly attach this fan:

Opening_AP-15_corners_002.png

Here is a C-channel. It is oriented the same direction as the screw slot. It allows someone to insert two nuts and screw in two screws before needing to turn the fan:

Opening_AP-15_corners_010.png

OK now, let's make a cut:

Opening_AP-15_corners_006.png

Now another:

Opening_AP-15_corners_012.png

OK. Ready for the attack with pliers?

Opening_AP-15_corners_013.png

And we get this:

Opening_AP-15_corners_008.png

Opening_AP-15_corners_014.png

Now we can see the open corners. OK, pop a peg in a screw hole. Hmm. Not much sticking through. That won't do:

Opening_AP-15_corners_015.png

So, a drill. A drill you hold in your hand so you don't push a hole through the soft plastic. I used a 9/32-inch drill. An 8mm drill would also do:

Opening_AP-15_corners_016.png

Here is a partially drilled hole, with plastic shards adhering to the drill:

Opening_AP-15_corners_018.png

When you're done, the peg pops in:

Opening_AP-15_corners_019.png

And this is what you get:

Opening_AP-15_corners_020.png

Two clips:

Opening_AP-15_corners_022.png

These days it takes about ten minutes to cut the corners, and about fifteen to drill the holes - carefully.

Have fun.

Edit:

Scythe_AP-30_with_Noctua_clips.png

Scythe/Nidec Gentle Typhoon with Noctua fan clips.

Edit:

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ohhgourami put this in post #23.
Edited by ehume - 4/11/12 at 9:56pm
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thanks ehume
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Very nice!!

On a side-note, you may want to put up a 56k warning.
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Here is a Kaze Maru 2 (Slip Stream 140) 1200rpm mounted on a D14 with Noctua pegs and clips:

KM2-1200_on_D14_002.png

And a closeup:

KM2-1200_on_D14_003.png
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good stuff. love pics with a guide
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I would like to add that for those without a drill (like myself) who still want to adapt the fans, you can' just get a small flathead screw driver and use it almost like a drill bit to enlarge the hole. The plastic used in fans seem to be very very soft.
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Originally Posted by TickleMeElmo;12735641 
I would like to add that for those without a drill (like myself) who still want to adapt the fans, you can' just get a small flathead screw driver and use it almost like a drill bit to enlarge the hole. The plastic used in fans seem to be very very soft.

Interesting. Thanks for letting us know this works.
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Awesome Guide, Great pics, Thx +Rep
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If you're interested in the way I used to adapt fans for the D14, check this out:

kaze_maru_2_1700_with_noctua_clips_2010-07-01_008.png

Notice the lack of relief holes. Also see how much work I had too put in filing down flanges. And look here:

kaze_maru_2_1700_with_noctua_clips_2010-07-01_010.png

You can see the lack of clearance. And see the file marks on the remaining flange around the screw hole? Thinned to approximate a P14's flange.

A better flange shot here:

TR_TY-140_cut_away.png

You can see how I thinned the flange.

You must admit that drilling relief holes is much easier and much cleaner.
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Ordered me some gt's and didn't know you had to do this.Thanks for the quick guide.
    
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