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Discussion in 'Cases, Modding & Electronics' started by CyberDruid, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. CyberDruid

    CyberDruid New Member

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    Well you are going to need a hole...a DVD or CD disk makes a good pattern. Blue tape protects the finish and makes your marks legible.

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    It might help to use a fine point sharpie and a steel rule for layour to get everything just so.

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    Here's the idea: use a cheap aftermarket mini automotive aircleaner to house a fan in a case too small for a top mounted fan internally...

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    Whack away at a suitable fan until it fits snugly inside a 6" diameter air filter..you could use a bandsaw or a Dremel tool or a hacksaw and file...whatever you are comfortable using.

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    These sorts of auto airfilters have a base: be sure not to ttim back the fan body too far or it will fall through...use the air filter base as a pattern for one side and the filter as a pattern for the other...make it fit the interior of the filter snugly by trimming away a little at a time.

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    You can orient the fan intake or exhaust...

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    The air filters often found at Advance or Auto Zone are only about $20. This base will get painted as it's pretty ugly...

    That's phase one...

    Now make a bracket from some aluminum extrusion...I used 1/8" thick material I got from Lowes.

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    Simple stuff...you don't even need a clamp...you could us a crack in the sidewalk whatever you have handy...

    The bracket needs to be as wide as the hole and as tall as the fan plus the base add 1/2". It will have to have relatively short bends to catch the lip of the hole in the panel so that is can be compressed and sprung into the hole.

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    Drill a hole and slip a bolt or piece all thread through the hole to secure the lid of the cleaner.

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    And that's Phase Two

    Vroom Vroom....
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    that is pretty cool :p (a bit bulky for me personally but still pretty cool)
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    Solaris17 Creator Solaris Utility DVD

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    lol that is awsome now put some pipes on the side.
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    Yep..I have a drawer full of odd auto type trim I always meant to use on this mod...side pipes are a must :D
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    very original Cd

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    Solaris17 Creator Solaris Utility DVD

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    mad usefull too now that i think of it that filter isnt really cosmetic..if its sucking in than its keeping out dust...and if you add exaust pipes they'll do just that blow air out. not bad
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    Where did that go anyway

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    That's where I went with that mod..it's still sitting on the dresser...I never put a motherboard in there...


    Just playing around with an NSK 4400...I had a fetish fo those a while back:wtf:

    And yes the rear and top fans need to be intakes or it won't work right.
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    woah.. the lighting is utterly brilliant O.O
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    +1 on that good stuff...curious what did u use for fluid to make it uv reactive and as bright as it is in daylight?
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    Really nice mod that you have there!
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    Thanks.

    That's a mixture of PC Ice Steel Blue (for color) and a few drops of Tracerline Clear Blue UV reative coolant.

    It has a very nice (to me) blue tint that only gets deeper under UV...it will light up a small room:p
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    wow, put 2 of those on the front as intakes and you solve a LOT of peoples dust problems....
    (or one of the oval filters)

    The lighting is really well done as well.

    Watch, K & N is gonna start marketing filters to modders.
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    I saw a thread somewhere where a guy had a wonderful billet aluminum Intake lid that was triangular (TriPower FTW) and he was planning to use it on his side panel over three 120mm intakes. It was pretty huge really--but a low profile filter would make it less of a couterweight...I thought it would be a great way to keep dust out of the case...kills a bit of noise too.
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    and if you sunk it in about an inch it would look even better. (you could draw air from between the face and metal face of the case.)
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    Yep

    On a larger case mount the fan conventionally inside and have a 1" high filter...
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    Nice looking mod but I would paint the case Chevy orange or a Cobalt Blue(I would say ford blue but then people might confuse it as a Cubs case). Again, very nice mod!! :respect:
    Crunching for Team TPU
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    nice mod man!
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    CyberDruid New Member

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    Well those are older pics...I did add a a pair of Blue metallic stripes on the top panel and I painted the aircleaner base to match...gotta locate the pics...

    Thanks!

    I plan to try my hand at real painting when it warms up...I've got the equipment and the space..just not the climate :)

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