• Welcome to ScubaBoard


  1. Welcome to ScubaBoard, the world's largest scuba diving community. Registration is not required to read the forums, but we encourage you to join. Joining has its benefits and enables you to participate in the discussions.

    Benefits of registering include

    • Ability to post and comment on topics and discussions.
    • A Free photo gallery to share your dive photos with the world.
    • You can make this box go away

    Joining is quick and easy. Login or Register now by clicking on the button

Swivel for Fusion 52x

Discussion in 'Mares... Just add Water!' started by ReefHound, Jul 30, 2019.

  1. Lake Hickory Scuba

    Lake Hickory Scuba Course Director

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Taylorsville, NC
    301
    317
    63
    @ReefHound IMG_1709.JPG
     
    Chidiver1 likes this.
  2. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Highland Park, IL
    2,127
    1,185
    113
    Are you positive that the VAD system can be removed? I haven't worked on one yet to really understand the operation of the VAD design other than you are opening and closing another slot for airflow, but based on the schematics I am a little skeptical about that. (But not convinced either way.)

    @ReefHound
    Should also note that if you remove the hose protector to install a swivel, you are also removing the "handle" for the VAD system. You will have to see what you think about gripping the metal VAD ring to operate instead grabbing the protector, and whether or not there is any sharpness to the metal edges that are now exposed.
     
  3. Lake Hickory Scuba

    Lake Hickory Scuba Course Director

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Taylorsville, NC
    301
    317
    63
    @JackD342 100% positive. Just a little back ground, I am a Mares Technician, and I verified this with the Tech Department with Mares prior to responding to the post.
     
  4. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Highland Park, IL
    2,127
    1,185
    113
    Cool, thanks. Was that info from Brad? No parts change, just removal?
     
  5. ReefHound

    ReefHound PADI Pro

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Houston, TX
    5,411
    1,481
    113
    I don't much care about looks and the 90 degree takes the tension off the hose
    I think you just loosen or remove that tiny hex screw on the metal ring then pull back the hose protector. As for operating the VAD with the small ring, I will probably just leave it in the normal position. It breathes plenty fine to me and less prone to mad freeflow if removing from mouth for a second.
     
  6. Lake Hickory Scuba

    Lake Hickory Scuba Course Director

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Taylorsville, NC
    301
    317
    63
    You’re welcome, and yes I can confirmed with Brad first.
     
  7. Chidiver1

    Chidiver1 Barracuda

    283
    88
    28
    I'd like to see what it looks like when you do it. And any issues you have.

    How soon are you doing it?

    Also, does anyone just make a hose with a swivel on the first stage side? Wouldn't that remove the tension you don't like?
     
  8. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Highland Park, IL
    2,127
    1,185
    113
    Apeks makes a double swivel hose. Haven’t actually laid hands on one, but looks like it is a 360 swivel on a single plane rather than a ball joint. Also looks like it might then allow adding a ball joint at that end.
    Apeks Double Swivel Hoses
     
    Chidiver1 likes this.
  9. ReefHound

    ReefHound PADI Pro

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Houston, TX
    5,411
    1,481
    113
    Maybe I'll tinker with it today, probably won't get to water test til next weekend.

    I like running 40" hoses under my arm to second stages so I need the swivel on any second stage where the hose enters at the side. Some octos like the Mares Loop have the hose enter at to bottom, so no 90-degree required on those.
     
  10. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Highland Park, IL
    2,127
    1,185
    113
    Not just octos, primaries too. Mares Loop and Sherwood Maximus to name two.
     

Share This Page