Freedom Plate / Deep 6 wing compatibility?

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BalekFekete

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Has anyone set up a BP/W using a Freedom Plate and a wing from Deep 6? I have the former - size medium - in the mail right now and am in the market for a wing. While I'm leaning towards the recommended VDH wing, I'm also a fanboi here of Deep6. If it's compatible and someone has made it work without the additional rails, the 30# wing (when back in stock) is tempting me...

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Nope, but I just ordered a VDH wing on Tuesday.

All you really need is for the holes to line up, right? I just measured my freedom plate with a caliper, they're 11 inches apart.
 

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Not an exact match but I have a HOG 23 wing on a Freedom plate with only cam bands and no other sta or rails and it works well. The slots just line up so if the Deep 6 is at all similar to the HOG then it might work.

My Freedom plate is pretty small (is it a small size?) and I can't see using my 30# wing on it. Haven't tried it yet and probably won't be.
 

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My VDH wing came in today (ordered 6:17pm Tuesday, delivered 10:30am Thursday). Here's some photos of the wing mounted on a steel freedom plate.

Maybe @cerich or @Deep Six or @Deep6Gear can share the bolt spacing on their wings.

Deep6 wings do appear to have a replaceable bladder, but I don't see bladders for sale on the website.

I measured my diverite plates/wings and the holes are 8" (actually there's a slot so anywhere from 7.75"-8.25" wings will fit). Quite a bit smaller span than the 11" VDH plates or Freedom plates. Frustrating that something which isn't standardized does not appear in the "tech info" section on gear websites...
 

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I’ve seen the combo on a dive trip
 

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You only need two holes to attach the wing. If they aren't in the right place you can drill new ones.....but I suspect you won't need to as most plates have multiple holes already and the wings have more than 2 places to put bolts.
 

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I just mounted a 20lb Deep 6 wing to my new FP. It is a bit bigger than the 18lb VDH. Well, you mention the 30lb Deep 6 so size isn't a deal.

I really like the finish of the Deep 6. It is smooth and clean feeling. It has the lift handle that I am sure your know about. One nice thing about the D6 wing is that the roll control velcros into place. This add a bit of height to the roll control to make room for the sex bolts or other bolts if you intend to mount the wing in that manner.

I live the VHD size and I love the D6 finish. (Between my son and me, I have both.) My dream wing would combine those features.
 

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You only need two holes to attach the wing. If they aren't in the right place you can drill new ones.....but I suspect you won't need to as most plates have multiple holes already and the wings have more than 2 places to put bolts.
True, but it would be almost unthinkable to drill a hole in a freedom plate. Especially if you only have handheld drills and no drill press. Freedom plates are as much a piece of art as they are a piece of functional dive gear.
 
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