Like always, I mounted the kit outside the computer for bleeding and testing for leaks. The assembly took me about 10 minutes. The pump had run for about 5 minutes when I noticed a leak around the pump outlet. I powered off the pump, and noticed there were no rubber seals or anything that could prevent leakage, so I took one of the o-rings from an Eheim 1046 I had laying around and this worked perfectly. Quite surprised by this, I send an email to Swiftech asking for a comment and possible solution to this.
Fig. 7 The Leaking fitting
The answer I got was that they use Teflon tape to secure the kits from leaking, but this kit did not contain Teflon tape at all. From what I understand, they will now start using o-rings instead of the Teflon tape, even though the Teflon is a well known way of sealing off joints.
Fig. 8 The quick-connect fitting with o-ring
Installing this kit inside the computer is quite time consuming. I spent about 1 hour mounting it, and that is without the modification you have to do in a permanent installation. My best guess is that you can fully mount the kit in 2 to 3 hours including making blowholes for the fans that goes on the radiator and holes for the hoses if you put the radiator outside your case.
Fig. 9 Mounting the waterblock
Fig. 10 The waterblock mounted
The good thing is that the kit comes with a very detailed user manual. There are many nuts and bolts – each platform have their own accessories and you must make sure to use the correct bolts, hex nuts, washers and so on. But when you have finally mounted this kit, I think this has to be one of the most secure kits made. I can’t possibly see a hose or joint leak, nor the waterblock come off during transportation.