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Bowden now, Direct Drive later

Hey, I’m running an Ender 3 (1.75mm filament) with its bowden setup, but upgraded to capricorn and better couplings. Now I’m thinking about installing the V6 HotEnd. Later down the line I want to switch to a direct drive (well kind of, I got my eyes on the Zesty Nimble), and I don’t know whether I should choose the direct drive V6 or the bowden one.

Is the bowden coupling coming with the bowden set removable to turn it into a direct drive one? What is the longer tubing mentioned in (What's the difference between a Bowden and Direct HotEnd?) exactly? Wouldn’t that get replaced by my current capricorn setup anyway? Can I thread my M10 bowden coupling into the top of a direct drive V6?

To boil down my question: Can I use my preexisting hardware and run a direct drive V6 as a bowden for a while? Or do I have to order the bowden V6 and figure out what exactly I have to do to use it with a direct drive later on?

It’s pretty hard finding photos of the top of a V6 to figure it out, so thank you for your help!

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in the 1.75mm variant the V6 uses a universal heat sink meaning the only difference between the two setups is the length of PTFE tube included with the purchase. a Bowden can be turned into a Direct drive and vice versa.

You do not use a threaded Bowden coupler in the top of the V6 you simply press fit the collet into it, this is removable. There is no threading in the top of the V6 heatsink.

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