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Drysuit Exhaust Valve Cover

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by webcubus, Aug 8, 2016.

  1. webcubus

    webcubus Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Boston, MA
    On a recent dive, the plastic cover of my Whites Fusion Tech exhaust valve disappeared. The rest of the valve is intact and still appears to work correctly after inflating the suit in my basement and venting.

    Two questions:

    1) Anyone know if it's possible to get a replacement plastic cover? I'd rather not spend $90 on a new valve just to replace a piece of plastic. I've got an email out to SiTech, but at least one dive shop said they don't sell parts.

    2) Is there any harm in diving without the cover? I know it's possible some debris could get in there, but that's also technically possible with the cover on. I know I also need to make sure not to loosen it up to the point that the spring assembly pops out, but I'll just open it up as far as I can without risking it coming open and proceed to not fiddle with it while I'm diving.

    TIA for your advice! Here are some pics for reference.

    Healthy valve:

    My valve:
  2. WarrenZ

    WarrenZ Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Las Cruces NM
    I tend to hit the stop on my valve during the dive. I run the valve closed at the start of the dive and open it as I come up. I wouldn't trust my discipline not to fiddle with the valve during the dive.

    I would contact DRIS as they do see a lot of drysuits or your local aqualung dealer since they now own whites. If you lose the spring then you are ordering a new valve anyway.

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