Originally Posted by Master Chicken
Well, that is just awesome. Sorry to hear about the chrome shop though.
I'm thinking of a dual D5 serial top but I'm unsure of which to pursue if any. I want to run D5 Strongs at higher voltage but suspect that many of the aftermarket top makers were lazy in their volute design compared to the original Laing volutes. A fully driven D5 Strong may lift the impeller in an aftermarket top with a mediocre volute that would otherwise be fine for a normal D5. I think Martin of MLL had this issue.
Obviously, you'll be fine like this. The lighting looks great with the red liquid.
In fact, this vertical mount may be the best way to go for my situation. Inspiring.
Yeah there's probably a better top for D5 Strongs, I've never researched what's best for those. I picked this top mainly because it just looks so spectacular
Originally Posted by cpachris
Beautiful pump setup. Beautiful.
Thank you! I really
Originally Posted by OCDesign
I know that “Ooooh, shiny
!” is not the most professional of comments, but honestly it’s all I can think of looking at that…
Yes it is very shiny, that was the plan
Originally Posted by m1ndb3nd3r
That top and those supports... Leave me speechless...
I've had the pump set-up sitting on my work bench and every time I go in there I end up stopping and staring at if for a few minutes
I haven't got much done lately. Super busy and record temps around here. A couple of days ago it was 109 degrees here! That broke the previous record of hottest temperature of any day ever here in my neck of the woods! My work shop is like walking into a sauna
September and October are the best months of the year for skiing as the winds are calm and water is smooth as glass, and I'll be skiing as much as possible. So there will be slow progress for at least a couple more months.
I do have a small update for you. Back when I was getting ready to put coolant in one of the reservoirs to help decide which red color of sleeving to use, I was just getting ready to pour some coolant in and thought "wait I haven't air pressure tested these, I've tested everything else, better test it to be sure". The two reservoirs are connected at the top, so I pumped them up with air thinking it was going to be fine, well the pressure didn't just go down slow, it went down fairly fast.
All the stop plug fittings were tight, so I took both reservoirs back out figuring I needed to tighten the end caps more. Remember when I was mounting the reservoirs and I showed you how the glass tubes were actually cut crooked? Well I tightened those caps as tight as I could and they would not hold air. I lubed the o-rings and got it even tighter, but still no good, would not hold air.
So I RMAed the glass tubes. PPCs helped me with it, Aqua Computer was going to ship them on their next shipment to PPCs which was a month away. I was fine with this because I had other stuff to work on. Apparently when the shipment came in they arrived broken even though they were packaged well. At that point I just asked how long it would take to get them replaced and then I get an email that Aqua Computer direct two day shipped me replacements. It still ended up taking almost two months to get them from first contact, but I give kudos to both PPCs and Aqua Computer for getting it handled.
Here's the new tubes
Most importantly the new reservoir tubes are almost perfectly cut square, certainly significantly better than the originals. I'm sure these will seal up much better. I also tested the LED illumination while I had fluid in one of the reservoirs. I really thought it would look brighter in the dark than it does. It's actually fairly dim, it looks much brighter in this picture than it does in person.
I only put four LEDs in each reservoir, so while I have the reservoirs out I'm going to redo the LEDs and max them out with six in each one. Hopefully it will be a little brighter, a lot will depend on what coolant I finally choose.
Next up on the "To Do List"
- Swap out the reservoir tubes and pressure test them
- Redo the LED harnesses for the reservoirs
- Reinstall the reservoirs
- Mount the pump set-up
Then I can start running some tubing if I want too, or I also have lots of wiring yet to go, even before getting any hardware. Much to do still.