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So here is a quick Pictorial about how to sleeve your water cooling hoses to add that bit of unique classiness to your rig. 

 

Supplies:

 

Tubing: Self explanatory I hope.

 

Fittings: I'm using barbs/clamps. It can be done with compression fitting I just don't have any to try with.

 

Sleeving: You want the ID of your sleeving to match the OD of out tubing. I.E. My tubing is 1/2" X 5/8" so I got 5/8" sleeving. 

 

Hand tools: Lighter, Pliers, Scissors, etc. I use a pair of locking pliers for my hose clamp because I have the squeeze kind. It's just one less thing that to worry about while sliding clamps on tubes.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 1: Lightly fuse(melt) the end of your sleeving to keep if from fraying. Start sliding it over the tubing

 

 

Step 2: Don't pre-cut the sleeving! As the sleeving expands over the tubing it will take up the slack in the sleeving and your sleeving will end up short.

 

 

Step 3: Slide it past the end of the tubing 1/8 to 3/16" of an inch.

 

 

Step 4: Slowly start to melt it back to the tubing. 

 

 

Step 4b: Twisting, pushing and forming it so you end up with a nice solid end that is flush with the tubing. This will help prevent the the sleeving from sliding around and snagging while you put your fittings on. 

 

 

Step 5: Put your fitting on. When it's time to do the other end you rinse and repeat steps 1-5.

Check here if you have compression fittings. 

 

 

If done right you should end up with something similar to this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Excellent pictorial. I can't wait to try this on a build. thumb.gif


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Thanks. The positive feed back is all need.



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This is great! I was planning on running some sleeving on my tubes however I would be using compression fitting instead. Hope it still works the same! +Rep if I could

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Thank you for this write up! I really want to find a way to have steel braided lines in my case. I wonder if silver sleeving would give me the right affect.
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This is great! I was planning on running some sleeving on my tubes however I would be using compression fitting instead. Hope it still works the same! +Rep if I could

 

You should post some pics when you do.

 

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awesome, great job! thumb.gif

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Thank you for this write up! I really want to find a way to have steel braided lines in my case. I wonder if silver sleeving would give me the right affect.

 

You could get stainless sleeving. I found some here.

http://www.wirecare.com/Braided-Sleeving.asp



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what did you use to sleeve it with? sorry if you've already said it somewhere. is it just paracord or something similar that you'd use to sleeve psu cables?

edit: nevermind, just saw the link you posted. great guide! i've been looking for something like this
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I d suggest something like this.

http://www.mcmaster.com/#standard-hose-clamps/=lpnyrp

You can remove the clamps. Tape over the exposed parts of nylon sleeving or cover them. Proceed to heat gun the shrinking clamp to seal off the hose. Then slide a second piece of dual wall heat shrink up the line and use that to just adhere the loom to the line/clamp area. The only downside is the inability to be serviceable.

These are also quite slick:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Aest-Road-Bike-MTB-31-8mm-Black-Seat-Post-Seatpost-Clamp-Quick-Release-QR-/251237914407?pt=Cycling_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3a7ef25727

Price didn't seem bad and fairly easy to use.

I do understand the sizes aren't right, but a little digging can bring up the right ones and a plethora of similar options.

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