I didn't have any problems taking the fans out of my phantom. The hardest part were the screws that kept the top of the case on (not the plastic top, but the metal underneath). It took me forever to get those screws out. It actually stripped two of my screwdrivers, and then I borrowed a much better quality screwdriver from a neighbor and I was finally able to get them out.
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