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[Build Log] SR-2

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  1. B NEGATIVE

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    Hey everybody!

    This has been running for a few months now already so im quite far into it,but i think you will enjoy! Sorry for the poor quality pictures,a half decent camera is high on my list of *must have* goodies.

    So...i have always had a,quite frankly,naked lust for a SR-2 system. I know that nowadays its a bit long in the tooth and outdated but it was/is the top of the pile in its day. Luckily i got one cheap and so a wicked plot hatches......:hrhr:

    Hardware for this build (shhhhh! dont tell the missis!!!) xD

    SR-2....well it would have to be really!
    2 X5650 Xeon CPU's...ebay special!!
    12gb Corsair Dominator GT 1866....Due to EVGA's outdated QVL for the SR-2 ,this has been confirmed as good by the guys at [H].
    1500w Enermax Platimax PSU...Tax return FTW!
    3 EVGA 670 FTW edition....680 blocks and plates fit this model of the 670!

    Watercooling for this build (this changed many times during the original log)

    3x XSPC 480 rads
    2x 24v D5's
    2x Koolance D5 pump tops
    250mm Bitspower res
    MIPS block for the board and Watercool HK3 for the CPU's
    Corsair SP120 fans.

    Originally,this build was going to use Aquacomputer AMS rads but due to availability and the fact that i couldnt use the ports i wanted because they are so big,i had to revise my plans :( I was so keen for them too....:(

    This build is not themed as such but it does have a party piece...instead of tubing of the plastic nature,im using 10mm Chrome plated copper tube. :)

    So,some pics maybe?

    The board in all is glory!!

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    Off come the stock EVGA plates for the cut down version (supplied,EVGA are thoughtful like that),i could of used some bolts in the stock plates but i have heard that this board suffers badly when the board is flexed...missing RAM and that kind of thing.

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    Watercool back plates..

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    Mounting hardware..

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    Now finding a case suitable was a bit of a pain....im no fan of plastic tackyness,so after much thinking and trying to justify it to myself,i went with a Little Devil V8 inverted case. I was toying with a Caselabs,but they are exceptionally expensive for EU buyers and,i think anyway,a bit too big.

    As it is the LD is plenty big!

    Right then.....

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    The SR-2 is a huge board but is tiny in there
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    After the board was fitted,i took a look at the bending required,no sing at the back please.
    I was concerned that the chrome would flake during the bending process but...

    My doubts about the Chrome flaking off the tube was put to rest.

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    You may have been wondering what the red tape was for? it is the 0 line for the bend,i can work out the length required to get 2 90 bends to meet to set out dimensions
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    Got some push fit fittings to make the test fitting.
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    I ended up using these fittings,they look ok and are 1/3rd the price of the koolance fittings.
    Downside is i dont trust push fit fully,not like a proper compression fitting.

    The tails had not been cut yet,i wanted the piping at the same level. So,i need to get the Ram in and see what i can chop off...
    It was time to start collecting the loop together,you know what its like,you end up going to 3 different e-tailers due to stock levels.
    I use ***********,sorry for the shameless plug!
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    24v capable D5's

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    Bitspower Res..why would you buy anything else??

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    Some of the fittings..

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    Dual 24v pump controller

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    Making a start on the pipebending and another shop hit,got the spacers i forgot to order!


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    Its starting to come together now,i dont start with a specific design brief when i start a build,rather it comes together naturally.

    Yet more stuff keeps showing up,im running out of excuses to tell them missis.....

    "Why do you need a 1500w power supply?"

    "Its not for the power,dear. Its for efficiency .."



    Disaster averted!! xD


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    This PSU screams Quality,very nice choice i think...plus the cables look easy to braid with no double wires!

    Result!
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    a free fan you say? some enermax 'stadium light' job...

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    Specs for the unit..

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    Dominator GT's and a Force GT SSD..

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    I wont be using the airflow fans tho..

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    Looks mint dont it.

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    So....time for some work!

    Last rad appeared today along with a couple of fans...

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    Annoyingly,the cables are not braided and they have coloured all the wires black,so good luck if you want to braid these...for a £12 fan,braided cables are not a lot to ask.
    They do include a 7v resistor tho for those without controllers

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    They look great in case.
    Now just waiting for the 12 120 SP versions and another 140....

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    I was waiting a while for these tops but i think my wait was worthwhile.
    2 Koolance D5 tops and the rest of my fans.

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    The pics of the pump tops doesnt do them justice,they are the best bit of machining i have seen on WC gear.
    No swirls or tool marks,even the impeller machining is spot on.

    Got the fans on the lower XSPC rads...

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    These fans match the red in my case so well,its amazingly close!

    Now i need to start getting the loop finished,i want get this fired up!!

    Bolted the two tops together,just waiting on a Sli link to join them up.

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    Mounting holes drilled and bulkhead fitting in place.

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    Silicone washers for pump dampening..

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    Pumps bolted in.

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    Top rad fitted.

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    One of the SP 120s didnt come with a red fan ring...hence the white one in a couple of shots...

    There is still some painting to be done yet on the rads and pump tops before final fix,i was keen to see how they look in there....couldnt help myself!


    So im looking now towards the modding and finishing up the loop so i can get this fired up.

    Some 1.5mm Alu sheet and some 3 mm flouro red acrylic.
    Im removing the drive bay panels and replacing them with a solid Alu panel and doing some cover work on the HDD/SSD caddies..

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    Some braided fan cables,braiding cables is a pain at best,but doing fan cables is just frustrating for me,hence i wimped out and bought some.
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    The last fittings for the loop,Koolance lo profile 90's and a VID fitting for the pump tops.
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    Trying to keep the cabling tidy has become a bit of an obsession,these caught my eye...

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    Dont know if i will use it,i really im not keen on that HUGE connector..

    These i will be using..

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    Staggered length SATA III cables,should keep everything tidy behind the board..

    Now.....this was my GPU choice,3 670 FTW.
    I know Coolmiester will be disappointed that its not dual 690...sorry mate! :p

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    Whats this?? A full size 680 board??

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    Which means 680 blocks and plates!!!

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    Dont get comfy stock cooler....:hrhr:

    I was in the mood for some painting..

    So...i started by masking the already base coated pump covers.

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    a few hits with the RAL 3003 spray a real good match to the existing red in the case,to get this.

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    But wait....i fancy some cutting action...TO THE JIGSAW!

    I want a nice panel for the res,a bit of cutting and filing and we have...
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    It fits nice!
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    Drilled the holes for the mountings
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    Black etch coat...

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    A lot of spraying later and the panel is ready to be fitted.

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    Res mounts fitted and the panel is screwed to the HDD cage.

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    So...what do you think? Nice?

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    This cam phone just doesnt cut it...i need to get a better camera!!

    Magoo agrees!!

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    I can explain the pipe bending to anyone else interested in using it in their rig,i dont keep good info to myself if it will help.
    Lastly,thanks for looking thru this log,i know there was a lot to go thru......
     
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  2. B NEGATIVE

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    MDPC sleeve has arrived!!
    I dont even need to mention the quality....we know why we are here and why we buy from our friend Nils. Already i have noticed the female molex remover doubles as a nice pin 'shuttle'....save my wallet? Oh yes!
    The pulse modding sleeve i have used before doesnt come close!


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    Looks like im going to be busy this week.....i am keen to sleeve!
    ......which will be a first,sore fingers and cuts are something i normally avoid!! xD

    Well.....it didnt go quite to plan,i was hoping to do all the cutting with the plexi and the alu together....


    ....i forgot how much i hate drilling/cutting plexi.

    and i got the initial measurements wrong....

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    So,on my second attempt we get this.

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    I have spent years on site,measuring constantly,always checking twice...and just when i need it most,i fail.

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    In other news...
    I am going shrinkless for the braiding,made a start today...along with much aluminium filing!

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    Continuing from the plexi/alu cutting yesterday...

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    A coat of etch to the alu and we get...

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    You can see where i need to take more off the plexi....may make a change here and go for a true red instead of fluro.
    The back of the plexi will be frosted to return more light and i have yet to drill the LED holes...

    Not bad for a friday morning tho....
     
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    Finished the ATX 24 and both the 8 pins....
    Enermax dont make your life easy,plenty of double wires and bundles....

    Still,i wasnt going to be beaten now!!
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    And im running out of braid fast!!

    The Red is definitely the better braid to melt on,it rolls a lot smoother and tighter.

    What lurks beneath Enermax's sleeving and shrink wrap....

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    So i ditched the clamp,extended the wires and sleeved them. They had no chance of ever reaching the GFX cards and i didnt really want to go the extensions route..
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    You can see how short the original cables were
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    There also appears to be a tentacle beast in residence! I am half expecting some anime hero to leap out with a laser sword!

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    I really need someone with cable sewing skills to teach me some skills,these will not stay in place!!

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    I need to buy yet more sleeve and some of Nils cable clips to rein in the tentacle beast,so it looks like its all coming out before i break out the power tools and tap set...

    ...I should really think ahead more!!

    Leaktest underway,i want get the board fired up this week and get to work stressing the GPUs that are coming this week,they have to pass 24 hrs on furmark before i put blocks on them..

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    Only one leak from the Vid connector on the pumps,needed brutal tightening to get it watertight,other than that,leak free so far!

    Having seen what one 24v D5 can do,the second was pure overkill!

    24v POWAH!!!

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    Progress gets a boost today...sadly i must break the loop down to wrap the sides of the rads and the pump mounts with Di-Noc,this fill-up was a fittings test.

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    A second 670 appears!

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    3m,i <3 You...

    I wanted to cover the sides of the rads and the pump mounts with DiNoc,i quite like the look of carbon fiber and this stuff is easy to work with.

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    Trim off the excess.

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    To get the stamping to show,i used a heatgun and a paint brush to mold the sheet.

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    Now to start on the pumps.
    They look not so good stock,but we are going to change that..
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    I started this by giving the mounts a once over with some black etch.

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    Then hit it with the DiNoc.
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    Braid.....all i see is braid....XD

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    But i also have the shiny!!

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    Yay!! My polishing torch has arrived!!

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    ........should of known really.

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    Im fluent in IKEA so lack of instructions is not a problem.
    Interesting to note that the gas is switchable with no dead man safety...

    Look what came in the post...one short tho.

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    Oh so sexy.....

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    Nowhere near the same amount of mill marks as EK....
    The plating is very good!!

    The wrong way up for my purposes...

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    So,out come the allen keys...

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    .......orly?

    I have a method for these tricky o-rings.

    Get the o-ring in the groove at one end.

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    Slide the block piece over the end you just placed,after pulling the bolts out of course. You dont want to snag the o-ring and damage it.

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    then bolt it down...simples.

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    Now to the good bit...blocking up the cards.

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    Plenty of cheescake,thanks nVidia!

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    Once the cheescake has gone,we can bask in the glory of a naked die.

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    The real reason you cant go mental with the volts on these cards....seems a power phase is missing.

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    Thermal tape? Yes.
    Remembered to take both sides of the film off? OOOh Yes.

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    Watercool do a very clever washerlock system,no more scrabbling around of washers! Yay!

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    Sexy yes?

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    Watercool blocks are just too gorgeous.....everything is bang on!

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    Only problem i have right now is that i have damaged the port o-rings so i need to get them replaced....lucky i noticed now rather than on fill up!



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    [​IMG]Leak test underway,not a drop so far!

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    Disaster! one of the pumps has literally popped out of the top on my SR2!! Seems Koolance struggle to machine two threads that match,the pump shroud wiggles in the threads and just lets go!

    Thanks to ninja reactions and the 3 cups of coffee earlier i whipped out the power before it flooded everything,thank christ i put the pumps in the rad bay underneath or this could of got expensive.

    identical issue.
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    Koolance is now on my poop list.

    Cant even RMA them as i have painted the mounts and shroud,thankfully the vendor just offered to replace me with 2 of the new rev 2 model.

    Specialtech FTW

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    You can clearly see the difference in the pump mounting compared to the rev 1.

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    The new top just bolts in the traditional manner rather than the screw in shroud method.

    The tops are different dimensions tho so im going to have to ditch the copper between the pump and res and go with a bit of black tube instead....otherwise it means re doing the res mount and generally more trouble than its worth.


    In other news,its my birthday...and i got a new toy! A Canon 350D. Not the most advanced camera but is a solid performer when you ditch the stock lens.......and i learn how to use it!

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    I get a bit of time to put into my rig for a change!

    I have received the XL window from Little Devil and what a difference it makes!

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    Like most things,it all about the extra few inches...

    Rebated window...I like this very much.

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    And a nice little bent Alu trim piece with a DiNoc covering

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    Now I am just waiting for a replacement controller so i can bolt it all back together for some hot pr0n shots in the garden....

    Much thanks to Luciel and Spawne for expediting this controller to me and to Grahame at Kustom PC for have one for them to send.
    Thanks fellas,you have done me proud!

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    PCB has changed over previous FC5's i have had.

    And braided extensions too?
    Another new and welcome detail.
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    WE ARE GO!!!
     
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    Knobs swapped for the black ones from my FC6..

    And we are back on track!

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    Time for a dust out and a clean up for i47.
     
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    The best of Multiplay i47

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    Sharing stand space with Coolmiester was great,class builds and mine didnt look too much out of place...
    Got good feed back on my build and more builds to do.
     
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    Dayum bro

    Thanks for sharing!
     
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    My god man, that is amazing stuff. :eek:

    But not enough pictures of the dog. He's so adorable. :D

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    Magoo gets much more love than me,He likes to think himself as CEO....:pimp:
     
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    Magoo. Lulz.

    Pipe instead of tubing is the icing on the cake here.
     
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    One thing that I don't get is why the tubing is going into the 5.5" bay area?
     
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    Some kind of pump controller in the bay?

     
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    The rad is plumbed in that end,it allows for clean pipe runs.
     
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    That looks amazing. I might put that carbon fiber vinyl on my UT60 radiator when I get one.
     

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