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Old July 20, 2013, 05:08 AM
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What would be easier?

Tap my new Phobya 480 with 6-32, or just go out and buy some m3 30mm screws?
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Old July 20, 2013, 05:46 AM
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i would hand tap 6-32 rad hole on a drillpress with power cord out and use template to drill case

and get some nuts and threaded 6-32 rods long enough for fans, case, grill

spin on nut, cut lenght needed then move nut to edge an file rod flat

with longnose pliars, hold nut an screw in rod first through rad tang then nut making a stud

do rest then slip on fans
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Old July 20, 2013, 06:01 AM
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Sounds like a great option. However all I have is a cordless drill and a dremel
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Old July 20, 2013, 06:25 AM
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half way there dremel

if super around can use drillpress let me know and will get it
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Old July 20, 2013, 06:29 AM
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I think I might just head over to home hardware and get some M3-30mm screws. there is one about 2km from me. So it might be the best option for me now. :)
I don't want to risk ruining the threads
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Old July 20, 2013, 06:53 AM
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its plain sheet metal you screw into Rad header

Do Not have screw touch rad tubes, calculate length first
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Old July 20, 2013, 06:54 AM
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Take the rad to a machine shop. You can get them to do it for cheap.
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Old July 20, 2013, 07:01 AM
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Better yet tap to M4. The threads are going to be more resilient. When you tap the hole but a piece of scrap metal under the thread to prevent drilling in to the actual radiator.
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Old July 20, 2013, 07:22 AM
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Better yet tap to M4. The threads are going to be more resilient. When you tap the hole but a piece of scrap metal under the thread to prevent drilling in to the actual radiator.
1000% safe scrap sheet metal under the hole while drill/tap or use a coin
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Old July 20, 2013, 07:36 AM
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The rad has a plate protecting the core. so i wont be able to over screw or over-tap.

I think my best bet would be just to get the screws to be honest guys. Its the most painless way to do it. I can find the ones i need at any home hardware: Home Hardware - 5 Pack M3 x 30mm Zinc Plated Pan Head Machine Screws
I can paint them black if need be :)

I live uptown Toronto, so there wont be many machine shops around. Unless someone knows of a place by yonge and sheppard, or lives near me who can tap it for me....
Maybe I'll just buy a tap and do it by hand here at home.
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