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Horio 27th March 2012 08:00 PM

F5X Case
I am starting this thread as a place for people to post questions, provide feedback and discuss the F5X chassis.

I will be creating a series of posts with some assembly guidelines with photos. I'll give you some tips from what I have learned from my build. I hope you guys like photos!

Horio 27th March 2012 08:11 PM

Case Assembly - Transformer Cradle
Unpack cradle plate, vertical standoffs and CRC heatsinks.

There are 6 standoffs that all appear to be the same initially. Upon closer review, one will notice that two of the standoffs are slightly longer. These two standoffs are M4 threaded on one end, and M3 threaded on the other.

There are (6) non-threaded holes along the sides of the cradle to accept the M4 standoff bolts. Two of the standoff mounting holes are set slightly inward. Place the two longer standoffs at these holes with the M4 threaded end against the cradle plate, and fasten with M4 x 10mm long bolts. Make sure the cradle plate is oriented correctly, with the flat side facing up.

Fasten the remaining standoffs with M4 x 10mm bolts.

There are two mounting brackets to attach the CRC heatsinks to the standoffs. Fasten the wider bracket to the center pair of standoffs, and the narrower bracket to the outside shorter pair of standoffs with M4 x 10mm bolts.

Mount the transformers with the supplied M5 x 90mm bolts. The bolts are designed to bolt through the transformer mounting cap plate (supplied by SumR), and thread into the supplied black transformer cradle feet.

Mount the CRC heatsinks to the standoffs and standoff mounting brackets with (8) M3 x 10mm bolts.

Horio 27th March 2012 08:14 PM

Case Assembly - Main Heatsinks
Unpack 350mm heatsinks, front panel angle brackets, top cover angle brackets, and silver case feet.

Fasten top cover angle bracket to heatsink with (4) M4 x 6mm bolts. To ensure the top panel will sit flush with the top of the heatsinks, first loosely install all (4) M4 bolts. Once all (4) bolts are in place, push bracket toward the top of the heatsink and tighten the M4 bolts.

Now fasten the front panel angle bracket to the heatsink with (3) M4 x 6mm bolts. To ensure the front panel will sit flush against the heatsinks, loosely install the M4 bolts. Now stand the heatsink on its end on a flat surface, and tighten the M4 bolts. This should ensure the bracket is flush with the edge of the heatsink.

Install the 30mm diameter O-Rings into the silver case feet. A bit of silicone adhesive in the groove of the foot will prevent to O-Rings from falling out.

Fasten the case feet to the heatsinks using M4 x 10mm bolts.

Horio 27th March 2012 08:15 PM

Case Assembly - Front Panel
Unpack the front panel, top panel angle bracket, and bottom transformer cradle bar.

Fasten the top panel angle bracket to the back-side of the front panel with (3) M4 x 10mm bolts. To ensure the top panel will sit flush with the heatsinks, loosely install the M4 bolts. With the M4 bolts in place, push the angle bracket toward to top of the front panel and tighten the bolts.

Mount the transformer cradle bar with (2) M4 x 10mm bolts. Orient the cradle bar with the M4 countersunk holes (for attachment to the cradle itself) facing upward.

Horio 27th March 2012 08:18 PM

Case Assembly - Rear Panel
Unpack the rear panel, rear bracket and rear panel handles.

First mount the auxiliary transformer to the rear panel using the M5 x 35mm countersunk bolt. Next mount the rear panel to the rear bracket with (8) M3 x 10mm button head bolts. Lastly, fasten the handles to the rear panel with (2) M4 x 10mm bolts per handle.

Horio 27th March 2012 08:23 PM

Case Assembly - Main Case Component Assembly
Lay the front panel flat with front face down, and place the heatsinks on end over the front panel. Loosely fasten the heatsinks to the front panel with (2) M4 x 10mm bolts per bracket. With the bolts loosely in place, push the heatsink toward the top for proper alignment. The top side of the heatsinks should be flush with the top edge of the front panel. Do not tighten bolts yet.

Slide the rear panel assembly between the heatsinks with the XLR input jacks toward the top. Lay the case on its side and fasten the rear panel assembly to the heatsinks with (6) M3 x 6mm bolts. Before tightening the bolts, verify the face of the rear panel is sitting flush with the back of the heatsinks. Tighten rear assembly bolts to heatinks. Verify the alignment of the front panel and tighten the front panel bracket bolts to heatsinks

Place the transformer cradle on its feet, and slide the case over the top of the cradle. The two slightly longer transformer cradle standoffs (did not require a mounting bracket) should be located toward the rear of the case.

Loosely fasten the transformer cradle to the case, with (2) M4 x 20mm countersunk screws (front bracket), and (2) M4 x 16mm pan head screws (rear bracket). These screws are intended to be installed loosely so the transformer cradle is not firmly coupled to the rest of the chassis (vibration isolation). Place lock-nuts on underside of case to prevent the screws from coming free.

Flip the case over with the bottom facing upwards and remove the silver case feet. Unpack the vented bottom covers and install with (4) M3 x 6mm bolts each. The vented covers should be oriented with the bent edge facing toward the inside of the case. Reinstall silver case feet.

Turn the case over onto its feet, and install the top panel with (10) M3 x 8mm countersunk screws.

Horio 27th March 2012 08:32 PM

That's it for now. As I progress with my build, I try to post some more guidelines/tips for things like board mounting, wiring, etc.

JBdV 27th March 2012 08:42 PM

nice !

a.wayne 27th March 2012 09:00 PM

It's a beautiful looking case, what was the total cost landed ?


mk57 27th March 2012 09:00 PM

Where can we get that set up ?? Looks great

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