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Freedom Plate Divers Roll Call: show us your rig!

Discussion in 'Buoyancy Compensators (BC's) and Weight Systems' started by Akimbo, Nov 25, 2018.

  1. Soloist

    Soloist Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina
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    I originally routed the upper webbing over the top of the plate same as you would do with a standard rectangular plate. I did this to influence the plate to sit just a bit closer to my torso when marching around the shores of Bonaire. However, I changed it to the recommended configuration to fit in with the cool kids when making some hardware changes to my harness last year. Honestly I think the actual results of the routing are negligible. As you intended, the plate naturally nests into the contours of your back regardless.

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  2. noj3333

    noj3333 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Albany, New York
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    Ahh, yes. I overlooked that... just added one to my DGX cart, a 1.5'' Sewn Loop Strap...

    That should be ok, or am I making a mistake between the 2'' one or a 'slide release' version?
     
  3. CDMac

    CDMac Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
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    Depends on what you're going to do.

    I think the recommendation was to go 2" sewn if you plan to use DPV

    I went with a DGX 1.5" 'slide release' version on mine so I could keep one end on the left waist belt and have the quick disconnect when doffing/donning the rig and not have to slide the crotch strap off the waist belt each time.

    Just a matter of preference for the sewn vs slide release and a matter of utility if you plan to use a DPV.
     
  4. lexvil

    lexvil Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: jamestown, ca.
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  5. Eric Sedletzky

    Eric Sedletzky Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Santa Rosa, CA
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    I believe with the new wider slots on the VDH wing, the upper set of holes can be used to secure the wing to the plate. This will move the wing down which will allow the tank to drop down for better positioning of a double hose.
    I have a VDH 18 with shorter original version slots and I set the slots in the plate to line up with the slots in the wing when the wing was moved up to the upper position. This is better IMO for standard single hose setup.
    I really wasn’t too concerned about designing the plate around a double hose at the time because VDH had their own plate for DH regs, so I just figured that's what everyone used anyway.
    But if you guys are making the FP work for double hoses that’s great!
     
  6. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
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    Let you know once the ice leaves....
     
  7. couv

    couv Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: 13th floor of the Ivory Tower
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    Yes Sir,
    Here are a couple of pictures of my FP/VDH 18lb wing/Kraken.
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  8. TN Traveler

    TN Traveler Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Knoxville, TN; St Croix, USVI
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    Just took my Oxycheq Extreme 18# and moved it down to use the upper holes and it does fit. Had to stretch the center panel to get the lower bolt in (it still is slightly tipped), but got both bolts in. CAM band slots lined up OK for both wing and plate, top and bottom.

    Actually, I have been diving my early SS “travel” plate with only a single book screw at the top for years since the plate is too short for 2 holes/bolts. I had to drill my own hole since Eric did not put a hole in it originally. Wing position is the same as with the new Al plate mounted using top holes and I have used it for DH diving since I got it (DA and PRAM).
     
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  9. Eric Sedletzky

    Eric Sedletzky Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Santa Rosa, CA
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    How does that large plate fit an NBA height guy like you?
    Seem ok?
     
  10. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
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    Likely another week or two before I get a chance to rig it. Been too busy with other things.
     

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