The first thing you will need to do is
disassemble the bay device and get some measurements of the hole sizes, for this
I used a drill bit sizing guide. The hole sizes are 17/64, 13/64 and 1/8,
since I only had a 1/8 bit on hand I had to make a run to the hardware
store. If you want your mod to come out looking professionally fabricated
you must use the proper size drill bits, if you don't it will come out looking
Next you will need to prepare a drive bay
cover by removing the side tabs, I prefer to use a nibbler for this because it's
easier to keep the line straight and also little risk of marring the
finish. If you have never used a nibbler before I will tell you that it
doesn't take out a very big bite at a time, the pile in the bottom right corner
of the picture below shows the size and amount of the material removed so
far. I then filed down the rough edges where I removed the sides.
The original faceplate is going to be used as a
drilling template and rubber cement might not be the best thing to use for this
next step, but it works. Apply a thin coat to the back of the faceplate
and a thin coat to the front of the bay cover, let it dry completely and then
carefully position one atop the other and press it down. Double sided
scotch tape would probably work to hold it together as well. I also used
some masking tape to makes sure things didn't slide around on me when drilling.
I carefully drilled the holes making sure to
keep the drill bit straight up and down, take care when drilling not to rock the
bit or you will risk cracking the template or incorrectly drilling your
hole. When all the holes are drilled take off the masking tape, separate
the two pieces and clean off the rubber cement residue.
Since the original blue acrylic faceplate was
thicker than the Lian-Li bay cover I used a small lock washer on each screw to
make up for the difference in thickness. I put everything back together,
cracked a beer and admired my handiwork.
The Zalman ZM-MFC1 has been transformed from
something ordinary into something awesome with a mod that took just over an hour
And finally here is another shot of the
- Guide written by Troy, aka