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post #11 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-08-2020, 11:42 AM
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Thread from the dead but on my recent pack of ZMT I can’t get a few of my xspc fittings on. Tore up my hand pretty bad even with gloves. It’s really weird because the rig I put together a month ago with a different pack of ZMT and same xspc fittings went on easier. Was tight but still easier. This pack I don’t think I can get on even with old man strength
That's typical. ZMT is out of spec on the OD. It's intentional to push you into EK fittings. I switched to Tygon A-60-G and never looked back - https://www.usplastic.com/catalog/it...3112&catid=864

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That's typical. ZMT is out of spec on the OD. It's intentional to push you into EK fittings
Bless you man.. i wanted to say this, but i've bashed EK so often no one would take my word for it, lol
(which is why i bash them all over, 'cause they really do deserve to be bashed, but whatever)

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That's typical. ZMT is out of spec on the OD. It's intentional to push you into EK fittings. I switched to Tygon A-60-G and never looked back - https://www.usplastic.com/catalog/it...3112&catid=864
I was wondering if there was ZMT type tube for 13/10mm. Thank you. At least something does exist on retail.

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Could you guys recommend any alternative to ZMT? I can't find any Tygon a-60-g in EU, seems to be only for industrial buyers; at least at the few stores I've found tygon in. I was also looking to build something without plasticizer but I've been holding off on fittings because I have no clue which ones fit. Anyhow, the 12/10 (apparently it's actually 12.9 based on what I've found on some forums?) seems to not have many fitting options. I was hoping to find something more affordable that works with norprene (like maybe cheaper than 20/piece and decent).
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Could you guys recommend any alternative to ZMT? I can't find any Tygon a-60-g in EU, seems to be only for industrial buyers; at least at the few stores I've found tygon in. I was also looking to build something without plasticizer but I've been holding off on fittings because I have no clue which ones fit. Anyhow, the 12/10 (apparently it's actually 12.9 based on what I've found on some forums?) seems to not have many fitting options. I was hoping to find something more affordable that works with norprene (like maybe cheaper than 20/piece and decent).
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Sadly in UK or EU you won't find for affordable prices Tygon A-60-G, I bought for myself last time over in USA and my brother has bring me that tubing

Other option is check Watercool.de as they sell EPDM tubing


https://shop.watercool.de/epages/WatercooleK.mobile/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/WatercooleK/Products/50272&Locale=en_GB


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I used ZMT with both EKWB and Koolance Compression fittings (10/16). The ZMT ID is tight, but workable. Wet it first before slipping it on.

The EKWB fittings were tight but could be tightened down by hand.
However, the Koolance fittings (on my Koolance disconnects) I had to put two wrenches on to tighten it down to stop micro-leaks.

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Thread from the dead but on my recent pack of ZMT I can’t get a few of my xspc fittings on. Tore up my hand pretty bad even with gloves. It’s really weird because the rig I put together a month ago with a different pack of ZMT and same xspc fittings went on easier. Was tight but still easier. This pack I don’t think I can get on even with old man strength
If your fittings are 10/16 either zmt 11.1/16.1 and 9.5/15.9 would work. I've bought 11.1/16.1 by mistake and I just realized after closing one fitting and upon testing how tight it was I was able to remove the zmt from the fitting without much effort. I finish the loop like that and had not leaking but I was not satisfied so I purchased 9.5/15.9 later one for tighter connections and that's it.

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I was wondering if there was ZMT type tube for 13/10mm. Thank you. At least something does exist on retail.

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Peruse here. Maybe you find something?
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@jura11 thank you for the info! I'll actually email them cause I'm wondering if they'll restock soon.
@Moose-Tech Damn, really sucks if the ZMT's are kinda made to fit only EK fittings. They don't have a huge recommendation rate here... thanks for the advice!
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Quote: Originally Posted by ciarlatano View Post
That's typical. ZMT is out of spec on the OD. It's intentional to push you into EK fittings.
I used the recommended EK Torque fittings with my ZMT and I had lots of issues with the fittings. All bought through their store as well (they don't warn you about the import taxes). I'm glad I bought twice as many as I needed because it was a **** show of mixing and matching the compression tops with non-cross threaded or poorly finished bottom halves. I ended up using a wrench with some ZMT on the business ends and really had to use way more force than I expected. But those fittings are never going to decompress. I will probably have to use all new fittings if I ever replace this stuff.
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