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Can XTX50 be easily inspected and cleaned in the field?

Discussion in 'Apeks' started by g2, Apr 18, 2021.

  1. Centrals

    Centrals Contributor

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    I would not use only one spanner to remove the lp hose.
    The cover is NEVER easy to remove first time.
     
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  2. shurite7

    shurite7 Contributor

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    This is why you see tech divers with a crooked diaphragm cover. It is tightened enough to hold everything in place, yet not so tight it can’t removed.
     
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  3. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Bat sh.t crazy

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    Yes, I used to do the same. I have little love for Apeks second stages.
     
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  4. g2

    g2 Instructor, Scuba

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    In summary, dive shop owners, tech divers, and equipment technicians advocate removing and discarding a factory-installed part to correct a design problem.
     
  5. shurite7

    shurite7 Contributor

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    Why is that?
     
  6. Centrals

    Centrals Contributor

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    I won't say as far as such.
    I believe the whole idea is to stop (1) over tighten (2) mess around by prying hand.
     
  7. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Bat sh.t crazy

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    That was probably a little harsh. The twisting barrel irks me, easily avoided or otherwise. I much prefer the square end design as found on other second stages such as the SP G series. I also don't like the gorilla strength needed or "tool" aide often required to remove the face plate. I do like the Venturi ring and wide exhaust option though.
     
  8. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Bat sh.t crazy

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    I don't think anyone said it's a "design problem". IMO it's just an addition of an unnecessary part that adds nothing of any value/benefit.
     
  9. shurite7

    shurite7 Contributor

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    The twisting barrel can be irksome. The first Apeks I serviced had a twisted lever due to this issue. That really got my attention. I too prefer the square end design found on the G series.
     
  10. marsh9077

    marsh9077 Contributor

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    Just and FYI there is a special tool for removing the face plate cover. Its not required, as others have said and as was shown in the video with the dry glove but I like it and find it fairly handy. Also it has a flow/no flow gauge on it for setting the lever height. Sorry don't know the part AP number but I'm sure buddhasummer can chime in with it, just make sure the get the correct one there is a pre and post 2013 tool.
     

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