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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-29-2019, 12:12 AM - Thread Starter
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What 120mm fans these days can you actually disassemble?

I am looking for fans for my system. But I am looking for fans that I can disassemble so that I can paint them for my build. I currently have 6 Jetflo's that are brilliant but the only issue is that they are not painted and so are an oddity when compared to my Corsair ML140's that are painted. So what fans exist these days that you can remove the blades for painting? I have been looking around. Apparently you cant disassemble San Ace Silent series 120's without damaging the bearing retention mechanism. Most "gamer" brand fans are LED's (dont want LED's) and most of them have these FDB or HDB bearings (glorified sleeves) that you cant disassemble. I am currently looking at the double ball bearing YateLoon D12's. But what else is there? CM masterfans I assume use a similar bearing to jetflo which means I disassemble those either. I know I cant disassemble the ML's as I already tried with the ML140's (I painted those with great difficulty and don't wish to go through that again)


San Ace uses a C-Clip for retention?



So what fans are there for the modding crowd that we can disassemble and paint?

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I don't know how much help this will be, as I honestly don't know how well rated Enermax fans are these days, but they have a lot of fans that have removable blades due to their "Twister Bearing" layout.

They're designated with the "T.B" fix, I had some Everest in the late 2000's. Nowadays they seem to have some nice looking RGB and non-RGB variants, but I'm unsure how they perform compared to the "big bois".

I'm sure you already know this, but respraying the blades themselves will impact noise/performance due to the coating/material they're made with. Again, You may be well-versed with modding of this nature and I mean no offence by this statement, moreso for any looking into doing something like this that may stumble upon this thread.

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I've done both the Gentle Typhoon fans, and the EK Vardars you can take apart too.

I did a guide over on my build log over here.


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Definitely not Arctics P12, fresh experience.

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Quote: Originally Posted by EvoBeardy View Post
I don't know how much help this will be, as I honestly don't know how well rated Enermax fans are these days, but they have a lot of fans that have removable blades due to their "Twister Bearing" layout.

They're designated with the "T.B" fix, I had some Everest in the late 2000's. Nowadays they seem to have some nice looking RGB and non-RGB variants, but I'm unsure how they perform compared to the "big bois".

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Hope it helps any.
I have heard some good things about Enermax fans. I'll look for some reviews. But I am not 100% sure I can get them in South Africa.

To be honest if you are good enough with the painting. A nice thin coat. A coat or two. Barely hurts performance. Someone on OCN painted his Noctuas. A14s I think with a thin coat of teal or really light blue. Can't remember. But his testing revealed like half a CFM difference. Or half a degree. Whatever the difference it was in margin of error. The thing is. If you are careful and don't go hamfisting it. The performance and sound difference is purely negligble and probably only measurable by equipment more accurate than the human bodies ability to perceive.

Quote: Originally Posted by Barefooter View Post
I've done both the Gentle Typhoon fans, and the EK Vardars you can take apart too.

I did a guide over on my build log over here.


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EKWBs also not available I'll have to try import it. GTs can you even still get them?

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Definitely not Arctics P12, fresh experience.
Damn... I was thinking that was going to be one of the hopefuls. Cause I have had good experience F12s.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Alastair View Post
EKWBs also not available I'll have to try import it. GTs can you even still get them?
Oh I see now that you are in South Africa. I know dazmode.com has them, not sure if they would ship to you though.



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Damn... I was thinking that was going to be one of the hopefuls. Cause I have had good experience F12s.

Yeah, that sucks. Broke a blade while trying to dismantle it x). Thought it'll give up at one point after having dismantled some two other fans. You can always just cover casing in ductape and paint the blades anyway.

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Arctic F12: while holding the hub you just pull the impeller out gently but firmly. It seems to be held only by a plastic ridge or o-ring that stays behind the bearing and can handle several reinsertion cycles. I'd also add a few drops of hair clipper oil. Doesn't evaporate like other oils or gum up bearings like grease.

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Were you able to find out why it wouldn't release?



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