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Old 16th September 2017, 7:38 PM   #1
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Default DIY custom sleeving

Hey guys, currently looking into getting my own gear to custom sleeve PSU various other cables with paracord.

In terms of crimps, is there a specific size that I need for ATX/EPS/PCIE etc pins, where can I get em and else do I need?

Currently sourcing parts of Aliexpress as I'd guess that's the cheapest place to get most stuff for what I assume would be identical to specific 'mod' sites.


Another tips would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 22nd September 2017, 7:48 PM   #2
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ATX/EPS, PCI-E and SATA/Molex are generally either 16awg or 18awg (16 on higher end/higher capacity units). Fans i believe are 20 or 22 with 26 for the really thin front panel.

Pin remover tools might come in handy as well if you are doing a lot of wires.
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Old 26th September 2017, 10:37 AM   #3
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You'll need:

ATX pins: I use these as the quality is good and they're "local". Singularity computers
Pin remover: I use the Lamptron one because the tips are replaceable.
Molex crimping tool: Engineer is a good brand. Get model PA-21
Lots and lots of heat shrink: Get much more than you think you need. Either to have as spare or to aid in doing the heat shrink sleeving method.
Some sort of lighter: I use a mini butane torch as the heat is easier to direct

Nice to have would be a couple of spare connectors for anything you're doing. 24pin, EPS etc. You're bound to get a pin stuck in the connector at some point and fishing them out without the wire is a PITA. Having a spare means a quick swap - your hands will thank you for spending that $1 on an extra connector.
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Old 27th September 2017, 10:46 AM   #4
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If you're interested in purchasing a bulk lot of connectors/pins let me know. I believe I have a spare Molex crimping tool as well.
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Old 28th September 2017, 10:30 AM   #5
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Cheers guys, Bought a bunch of connectors and paracord off aliexpress now, still trying to source a molex crimp that isn't priced insanely high.

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If you're interested in purchasing a bulk lot of connectors/pins let me know. I believe I have a spare Molex crimping tool as well.
Might be interested in some extra pins and the molex crimp - PM me?
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Old 28th September 2017, 4:45 PM   #6
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I'am not a fan of paracord if you want higher quality finishes, get techflex braid sleeves or nylon multifilament and monofilament braid sleeves.

Cheap off ebay or buy locally:

http://www.techflex.com.au/techflex-...aided-sleeving
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I'am not a fan of paracord if you want higher quality finishes, get techflex braid sleeves or nylon multifilament and monofilament braid sleeves.

Cheap off ebay or buy locally:

http://www.techflex.com.au/techflex-...aided-sleeving
Just don't go for the standard Techflex, the single stranded stuff looks rubbish.
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Old 13th October 2017, 7:11 PM   #8
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Just don't go for the standard Techflex, the single stranded stuff looks rubbish.
Cheers guys - though honestly not a fan of more plastic-looking sleeving, which is why I love paracord as it's more a textile finish.



Also damn crimps are bloody expensive haha.
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Nylon monofilament sleeving also give off a high quality finish.
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