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Installing My Koolance 452x2 Pump/res Combo.

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Well for those of you who patrol the water cooling gallery you probably already know that i have been waiting for my Koolance 452x2 to come in and now it has! Time to put it in!

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Out with the Old:

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Cool!

Be sure to add any tips/tricks in filling and bleeding. I've had some requests for even a video of that, but haven't gotten around to it yet. I used a barb and funnel to first tip the case on it's back and get water circulating in the loop, then sealed of the face port and moved the barb/funnel to the top ports and tipped the case at a 45 degree angle. That seemed to work for me, but be sure to share any tips you come up with.
    
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Cool!

Be sure to add any tips/tricks in filling and bleeding. I've had some requests for even a video of that, but haven't gotten around to it yet. I used a barb and funnel to first tip the case on it's back and get water circulating in the loop, then sealed of the face port and moved the barb/funnel to the top ports and tipped the case at a 45 degree angle. That seemed to work for me, but be sure to share any tips you come up with.
Yea, bleeding is a PAIN! I also cant wait till Koolance releases their fitting to connect the inlets and outlets for series. I discovered that changing which which fillport is capped when using as two res's influences how it bleeds. Bleeding still took forever and I am still waiting on the micro bubbles to work their way out. I will post some pics once my iphone charges (only source of pics at the moment). Can you post some pics of your setup? Maybe I can learn something from your experience. My biggest issue was keeping the right side res completely topped off when bleeding. Because the internal inlet (sucking) hole is so high, it doesnt take long to drain it down..
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Yea, bleeding is a PAIN! I also cant wait till Koolance releases their fitting to connect the inlets and outlets for series. I discovered that changing which which fillport is capped when using as two res's influences how it bleeds. Bleeding still took forever and I am still waiting on the micro bubbles to work their way out. I will post some pics once my iphone charges (only source of pics at the moment). Can you post some pics of your setup? Maybe I can learn something from your experience. My biggest issue was keeping the right side res completely topped off when bleeding. Because the internal inlet (sucking) hole is so high, it doesnt take long to drain it down..
Yeah that right side is a challenge, the best trick I had was to simply tip the case to the left at a steep angle and tip it back just a touch. That seemed to push the bubbles up into the fill port hole and I slowly just topped it off using the top port.

I think in series, air that is sucked on the right will eventually find their way to the left side, but I didn't wait that long. I just left the case bleeding tipped like that and topped it off. It took a while though and definitely tested my short patience..

I don't have the 452 running duty work yet, but I do have the 402 with a single pump in my son's system. On that setup, I just made sure I selected the pump that uses the left reservoir, so it was much easier than series. I think you could either try the tipping routine or just wait for the microbubbles to get caught in the left reservoir.
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I have been tipping my case more than I do a bottle of jack on the weekends (thats saying alot) I almost have it done. Its amazing the amount of pressure that remains in the system after you turn it off. I went to open the left side res to top it off after some bubbles made their to the top and when I did the pressure literally pushed water straight into the res and out the top of the fillport....talk about frantic thrash for the towel that was right next to me.
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Oh yeah..that too.

Do NOT turn the pumps off before capping the res caps tight and don't open the res until the pumps are back on. The pressure buildup and flex in the tubing changes the volume like that.

Not a big deal in a regular reservoir where you have room to allow levels to fluctuate, but when you're topping off to get completely full, it becomes a quickly learned behavior...
    
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Oh yeah..that too.

Do NOT turn the pumps off before capping the res caps tight and don't open the res until the pumps are back on. The pressure buildup and flex in the tubing changes the volume like that.

Not a big deal in a regular reservoir where you have room to allow levels to fluctuate, but when you're topping off to get completely full, it becomes a quickly learned behavior...
Yep, The first time it happened i was like: eek:: eek:......Only took once to learn though.
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UPDATE DONE: Heres what she looks like:




This is what it takes to connect the pumps in series (for now)


I forgot to take a pic of the inside but this is what was removed:



The only thing I notice is a little more noise from the pumps being that they are now higher up, closer to me, and since the res is screwed to the case, the vibrations do resonate a little. Nothing major though. Thoughts? suggestions?
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Cool!

Be sure to add any tips/tricks in filling and bleeding. I've had some requests for even a video of that, but haven't gotten around to it yet. I used a barb and funnel to first tip the case on it's back and get water circulating in the loop, then sealed of the face port and moved the barb/funnel to the top ports and tipped the case at a 45 degree angle. That seemed to work for me, but be sure to share any tips you come up with.
I haven't put it in my system yet, but with a partial loop assembled on my work bench, getting the last bits of air out seemed to work better if I pinched the P2 out tubing with both pumps running, tipped the res back and cracked the top right fill port open just enough to "burp" it.

When I do my final assembly, I'm going to try temporarily screwing a couple of barbs in the front fill ports to connect tubing to assist with filling and bleeding. Once it is done I'll tip the case back to remove the barbs and screw the plugs back in.

I'm leaving a little air in the top of the left chamber to give the water some expansion room when it warms up.
Never ever fill a closed system 100% with a liquid. Hydrostatic pressure can do some amazing damage.
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