So there guys, sorry for starting a new thread instead of sticking to the few existing threads, but I have some very specific queries. The prospects of a crisper, clearer negative display has been too tempting for me and I am planning to get my GR8900A hydro modded and have ordered a 350cst silicone oil (thinnest grade I could get) for the job. Before I dive in, here are few questions that still bother me:
- I have never opened up a 8900 before. Are there any unusual "surprises" inside? I tried to see if there have been any "teardown" thread but couldn't find any.
- How does the solar panel connect to the module? Are there any contact springs which can be lost while removing the module?
- I am particularly bothered with the information on this thread: Beware !!! For all hydro mod watch if... - can something be done to prevent the expansion of the spacer?
- Is the "bubble" really necessary? I did come across a lot of debate on this topic, but a certain post by sjors does unnerve me quite a bit. (The post states that that the expansion of the oil under rising temperatures may cause the seals to rupture and leak oil) At the same time, I want a clean look without any bubbles.
- Which is the best method fill the oil inside the case? I have come across several methods which vary from from dunking the case in a bowl of oil, to injecting the oil with a syringe or pouring it in gently with a fine tip. I can't make up for sure which method would be the least messy and would be easiest to reassemble once the case is filled with oil.
- Lastly, if the mission fails - will my 8900 end up as a total wreck? Is there any way to clear the traces of oil from within the module internals?
Thank you for your valuable inputs.