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post #11 of 50 (permalink) Old 05-24-2012, 03:29 PM - Thread Starter
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I have been gone for several months now but I'm only back for a few days. Since I was gone I received a few pieces of plexi, not the whole order, but some.

The custom made rad grills.


The sides and feet.

The holes line up perfectly!


The holes in the feet and the sides are for hoses to go through or for some Koolance Quick Disconnects. I have the threaded kind so I can actually mount them into these holes.

That's it for now. I'm going on vacation and I hope to have the rest of the plexi when I return so I can really get started on this.

Cheers till then.

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Finally got in the last 2 pieces of acrylic in! My order was not fully filled 2 months ago and since I have been gone I was not able to receive the pieces.

I wasted no time and started drafting up the design on the main sheet.

In order to make sure I had the holes lined up perfectly, I used a 360 rad template that I bought from MNPCTECH. This proved to be an awesome investment and I recommend it to anyone that is going to be making radiator cutouts.

2 down and 1 to go!

I lined the rads up on the acrylic to make sure I had enough clearance between them and on the sides.


And finally the 3rd done.

Next I drilled the holes for the screws. I did this first because I was afraid that the acrylic would crack if I tried to drill after I made all the cuts.

Then I installed the fan grills, fans and rads to make sure everything lined up perfectly. And it did!


Here is what it will look like with the sides on.

At the bottom of the sides, you can see the 2 holes for the cables and tubing. I actually need to cut this layer out but more on that in my next update.

Hopefully tomorrow I will be doing all the cutting and gluing. I may get this done by Sunday!!

Cheers till next time,


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Are you going to run your fans at 12v? I have 2 Yate Loon D12SL-12 on my 120mm radiator and run them at 7v. Big difference in noise for very small difference in temp.

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They really aren't that loud to me at 12V. I have 3 computers and a "split-pack" AC system in the room already so I don't think noise will matter much.

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Time to cut, but first, I had to drill a bunch of 1/4" holes in the pattern so that I could fit my jigsaw in.

Took me about an hour to cut all 3 holes.

Here are the markings I made on the sides. I thought the threaded quick disconnects had a larger thread but they don't. So I have to cut away some of the side so that they will fit. I did it on both sides just in case I change something up one day.


Both sides cut.

Now its time for glue!

Top glued on. I let it sit for a bit before doing more.

One side.

2nd side.

All done!

Now to start attaching the rads. 2 done

All 3 attached! Looks great


Here are the threaded Koolance quick disconnects that I'm using.

Next I installed all the fans to the backs of the rads.

Then the tubing. I'm using Koolance rotary 90 degree fittings, Bitspower 1/2" barbs and 7/16" tubing.

Next I made a ~5' long power cable for the fans. I just threw on some old cheap black sleeving to keep the wires neat.

Lastly, I leak tested the system for a few hours. No leaks so I guess its good!

I'm pretty sure I'm going to carbon fiber the black. Its shiny and shows dirt and fingerprints and I don't like that. I need to order some today.

Until next time,


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Gotta say, That is neat very well done there.

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I used 1/2" acrylic when hanging 2 480's horizontialy.Once that stuff cracks all that is good about it is lost.The 1/2 stuff has served me well and has stood up to repeated radiator change outs.

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Please... more! haha this is awesome!

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