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2011/02/13 06:40:34 (permalink)
Hi,
I just want to show you guys how easy it is to sleeve your fans.. The look is worht it IMO. 
First of all you need the proper tools. 
A pair scissors

A lighter

Some heatshrink at proper size
 
 
Some sleeve

 
Now it begins.
Remove the connecter by pressing a tool like this into the "3 holes".
Then pull out the 3 wires.
Now cut a piece of sleeve and 2 pieces of heatshrink.
Loosen the wires from the fan (not cut them, just remove the clip/lock-thing) and pull the 3 wires. 
It looks like this.. (pic is too big to post here) this is the clip to remove.. 
 
Now lead the 3 wires through the sleeve and then lead the sleeved wires through 2 pieces of heatshrink. Before heating the heatshrink it is important to lead the cable through the hole in the fan again.. just as it was before.. I should look like this

 
Now it is time for heating the heatshrink at the end closest to the fan. Then put the clip back on. 

 
Now put back the connector.. dont forget to mount them in the same order as before.. In my case it was black-red-yellow.
Now stretch the sleeve as much as possible and heat the heatshrink while keeping the sleeve in place.. it ends up looking like this.

 
The final result

 
Now repeat

 
I love the look..

 
I hope you enjoyed watching.. 
If you have any comments or ideas feel free to post.

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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2011/02/13 07:05:47 (permalink)
    Great guide bud, thanks a lot.

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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2011/02/18 14:23:42 (permalink)
    Ab Was Here...

     
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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2011/02/18 15:03:38 (permalink)
    Nice, thanks for sharing!

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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2011/02/18 15:16:01 (permalink)
    hething

    Now it begins.
    Remove the connecter by pressing a tool like this into the "3 holes".
    Then pull out the 3 wires.


     
    am i missing something? when i look at that link i see needle-nose pliers, can they be used to get the pins/wires out of the connector?
     
    i was under the impression that you needed one of those little specialty tools like the ones sunbeam sells.
     
    Also thank you for this i am planning on doing some fan sleeving soon.

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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2011/02/18 15:36:52 (permalink)
    Well done, dude!!! Congratz!!

     
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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2011/02/18 16:05:06 (permalink)
    i need to do alot of sleeving. Awesome job on the write up!
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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2011/02/18 16:40:12 (permalink)
    First of all thank you eveyone.. :D
     
    Yes, this kind of tool can be used to 3-pin connectors, but if you want to sleeve your 6-, 8-, or 24-pin then you'll need this tool. If you want to sleeve your 4-pin molex then you'll this tool.
     
    I dont recommend you to use any of the tools I linked above to 3-pins. Only use something like the one I used in the guide. If you for some reason want to use your specialtool from MDPC etc. Then make sure not to ben/brake the "fingers" on the tool. They are very thin and the tool is quite expensive hence use something cheap and robust. 
     
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    hething

    Now it begins.
    Remove the connecter by pressing a tool like this into the "3 holes".
    Then pull out the 3 wires.



    am i missing something? when i look at that link i see needle-nose pliers, can they be used to get the pins/wires out of the connector?

    i was under the impression that you needed one of those little specialty tools like the ones sunbeam sells.

    Also thank you for this i am planning on doing some fan sleeving soon.



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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2011/02/18 18:37:50 (permalink)
    Well thanks for this. I have also added it to the Great do it yourself projects sticky. Glad i found this.
     
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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2011/02/18 18:45:07 (permalink)
    I agree with the sleeving.  I sleeve most of my fans too.  Gives it that little extra clean look.  Make sure and get high quality sleeving like he did, cheap stuff looks cheap.  I found that out the hard way.

      
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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2011/02/18 18:46:58 (permalink)
    Very clean :)


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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2011/02/18 19:19:24 (permalink)
    fsuwade

    Well thanks for this. I have also added it to the Great do it yourself projects sticky. Glad i found this.

    thanks

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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2011/03/08 14:46:24 (permalink)
    I died and gone good sleeving heaven great guide ty.

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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2011/03/08 15:00:22 (permalink)
    thanks.. Im glad you like it..:D

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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2011/03/09 05:07:58 (permalink)
    Wow what a difference. Your rig really looks good! Thanks for the tip.

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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2011/05/29 00:04:53 (permalink)
    Personally, I use push pins and sometimes a sewing needle to get those pins out, and for the male molex connector pins, you can usually use a female connector (attached to the wire of course, but NOT in the connector boot) to push it through.  I still need to actually make my remover tool from one of those, thanks for the reminder, lol.  Years back I myself purchased the pin-removal tools for molex connectors, which do help, but I wouldn't say were really worth the $$$.  Of course, I got 1 in a sleeving kit at Fry's Electronics and the other as an individual  part order item from frozencpu.  They're nice to have, but I'm not convinced that I need them really.
     
    You just gave me a really great idea!  I'll post it once I actually make it, thanks!

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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2011/05/29 16:43:39 (permalink)
    TY!
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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2011/05/30 07:56:29 (permalink)
    how did you shove the sleeved wires back into the little slot i tried it and it turns out bad
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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2011/06/04 12:52:31 (permalink)
    DeathWarrior

    how did you shove the sleeved wires back into the little slot i tried it and it turns out bad

    Kinda surprised no1 has replied yet 2 this.  It's not simple, in fact you have to be rather careful.  It gets easier as you do more of them, but it still gets frustrating if you're not patient.  U may even have to use needle-nose pliers or something, but you'll get it right if you do so carefully.  Probably best to wait until you have it snaked through before putting on the heat-shrink at the connector end, that way there's less chance of frustration and screwing it up.

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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2011/06/05 13:25:18 (permalink)
    Very nice and clean.
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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2011/06/05 19:16:54 (permalink)
    Nice tutorial! I have a question. Where would you recommend buying sleeving and heat shrink for doing this? I know there is MDPC-X, but I've heard they are pretty expensive.
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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2011/06/05 20:12:47 (permalink)
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    Nice tutorial! I have a question. Where would you recommend buying sleeving and heat shrink for doing this? I know there is MDPC-X, but I've heard they are pretty expensive.

    Actually, for 10M of small (1/8"d), which is pretty long, it amounts to $11.63 + $13.25 S&H, so about $24.88 for 10M, which is ~ $2.49/M.
    FrozenCPU offers their HD (High Density), which some say, but I don't, is of a supposedly lower quality @ $.59/ft., so figure an equal amount (10M = 32.8', aim high @ 33') plus S&H, which is variable, but will cost you $3.99 via USPS 1st Class for this go-round, this adds up to $19.46 + $3.99 S&H, which is $23.45.  If you're in the USA, you can go with either, but it's a close shave.  You're more likely to get it faster from FCPU if u r in the States as well, even if using USPS 1st Class.
     
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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2011/06/20 20:52:01 (permalink)
    Great job. Where did you get the sleeving? FrozenCPU?

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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2011/06/22 12:37:34 (permalink)
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    Great job. Where did you get the sleeving? FrozenCPU?

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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2011/07/17 22:25:59 (permalink)
    Thanks now that i look at them.... yeah the wires all over are pretty bad

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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2011/09/11 13:51:50 (permalink)
    Great idea. Makes for a nice finished look. Nothing worse than a bunch of loose wires all over the inside of a case.

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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2011/09/24 09:47:28 (permalink)
    @ Nils is a great guy and will bend over backwards to help you and has the best sleveing around hands down.  There are You Tube videos and and a tutorial
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    Re:Guide to sleve your fans.. 2014/01/15 19:30:42 (permalink)
    Thanks for the guide, will be using in the near future!

     
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