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Question about soft tubing

I need to replace my VGA, and swap VGA block. My question, as I could not find it anywhere, is there any recommendation how many time I can remove and put it back soft tubing (ZMT)on compression fitting. Current ZMT is just like 6 months old and I would not like to replace it already, but again I do not want to have any leeks. Thanks

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Usually only if it's loose.

You should have plenty of slack anyway it is soft tubing not hard

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Yes, there is some slack but not sure will be able to replace block with tubing, but I'll try that first.

You are saying, that it will leak only if it is tubing is loose on fitting?

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I need to replace my VGA, and swap VGA block. My question, as I could not find it anywhere, is there any recommendation how many time I can remove and put it back soft tubing (ZMT)on compression fitting. Current ZMT is just like 6 months old and I would not like to replace it already, but again I do not want to have any leeks. Thanks
Yup. ZMT is good stuff. You can continue to reuse that for a long while. Just check to make sure there are no cuts on it from over tightening, and that your o-ring is still in good shape. As long as your tubing is still tough (not super soft so that it just slides off the barb/fitting) and there are no cuts from over tightening, and the o-ring on the fitting is still in good shape, you are good to reuse. And if there is some kind of cut in the tubing from over tightening, then just cut the tube past that cut, and you are good to reuse anyway.

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Hi,
Once the cap is back on no it shouldn't leak.

Only test i know of is install as normally would and pull a little
If the hose comes off yeah cut it

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Fittings hold up pretty well if you wet the o-ring before tightening.

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@bigfootnz it's always good practice to:

i) leave a few centimeters of extra length; if its end point had been loose/softer, right now? All you'd need is your cutter, shave off said extra few cms and you'd be good to go again
If on the contrary you've cut it just so, you'd have had to replace it altogether now.
(and barring circumstances that shouldn't be occuring [excess in-case temperatures, coolant constantly on very high temps, etc.], that's pretty much your one and only wear and tear point)

ii) buy more tubing prior to setting your rig up and count the length of each cut piece, which you then write down; that way you know both your total and your individual pieces' lengths.
(if you don't change chassis every time you change componenents, this is a time and trouble saver)

iii) have extra tubing in advance and/or don't be stingy where you shouldn't; if, hypothetically speaking, you bent close to swap that GPU you mention, swapped its tubing too yeah? And with the new one in, you noticed a change in coloration? Between old and new tubing? Replace the rest of it; all of it. Day(s) of waiting for its being shipped, vs having that surplus in your back yard storage.
(and if storing it, which again, you should, keep it somewhere cool, definitely no direct sun exposure; doesn't go bad with time if stored rightly)

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Thanks for advice. I've plenty spare ZMT tubing and some PrimoChill PrimoFlex LRT and DuraClear stored properly.

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