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Mares regulator, keep or exchange...

Discussion in 'Regulators' started by Anar, Mar 11, 2020.

  1. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

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    There is an internal difference the MR12 has compared to the rest of the Mares diaphragm st stages that has been eating at me. At first I thought it might be a poppet difference but after a little refresher research I believe the difference is that th MR12 has the high pressure seat machined into the body of the 1st stage instead of a removable high pressure seat (part # 46186216???).

    Do more recently produced MR12 1st stages have removable HP seats? Or am I just off on the whole MR12 thing and there is no major difference to the other 1st stages in the lineup?

    -Z
     
  2. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

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    Only the 1st of 4 generations of MR12 bodies had the seat machined in place. All the others it was removable.
    That 1st version cannot be upgraded to the newer seats with the sharper cone edge, and the original softer poppet is no longer available, so that body should be removed from service whenever it turns up.
    It is on the left in this photo. The yoke and the knob are pretty distinctive, plus it is the only version with just one HP port.
     
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  3. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

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    Photo for above note. Wouldn’t let me add via edit.
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  4. lowwall

    lowwall Manta Ray

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    Jack answered this already. I'm just going to add links to the exploded drawings of the last MR12 with the machined seat and the first with the replaceable seat:
    Use the arrows at the top of the pages to see the parts lists and if you keep scrolling you can see a few of the other regs available at the time.
     
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  5. lowwall

    lowwall Manta Ray

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  6. Anar

    Anar Angel Fish

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    Thanks, Lowwall! Interesting read. Learned some new things about my Abyss)

    I am now looking to complete my set with Octo and spg.

    I am thinking about Mares Rover Octopus and Mission 1 spg. Another option is MV, but many reviews says it free flows a lot.
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    I was advised that Rover is not the best option for main regulator, what about octopus?
    You review says is pretty common, so I guess it'll be easy to service.
    What would be your choice for octopus/spg?
    I am thinking if I should complete my set here, with what we have or wait for the next trip with more options to choose from.
    As for spg, I want a simple reliable version. I thought about transmitter, but maybe later as add-on.

    Thanks,
    Anar
     
  7. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

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    I wouldn't be too hung up on getting a specific "octo" 2nd stage. Just get another 2nd stage. The Mares Prestige, normal or octo version is decent choice. The nice thing about Mares 2nd stages is the "octo" is the same as the non-octo version except that it is traditionally detuned to reduce the chance of freeflow when hung on the BCD. You don't need to stay with Mares but if going with another brand you should try to find one that is rated for a similar IP range.

    For an SPG, just about any would do the job.

    A transmitter is only good if you have dive computer that it is compatible with...and I would only go AI if you have lots of money to spend or can get a computer and transmitter inexpensively, as air integrated/AI is nice but it is more of a novelty than anything.

    -Z
     
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  8. lowwall

    lowwall Manta Ray

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    What are your options for an octopus?

    FWIW, I prefer using the same second stage for both primary and backup. Also, you don't have to get the octo version, the only difference between Mares primary and octo second stages is the yellow cover (and a slight detuning of the octo to decrease freeflows on entry into the water).

    I really prefer a wrist computer and a standalone mechanical SPG. I tie a snap bolt to the hose and clip it to my left hip D-ring. AI is an expensive luxury, not a necessity. But if you have the money, it's fine.

    SPG section section starts at 14:15
     
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  9. Anar

    Anar Angel Fish

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    I have a compatible dive computer, but yes, the transmitter is quite expensive. I need get other things first.
    I only have options of MV, Rover, Proton (plastic). They also have Abyss Octopus, but its expensive.
     
  10. Anar

    Anar Angel Fish

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    I only have options of MV, Rover, Proton (plastic). They do have Abyss Octopus, but its expensive. Is Rover good enough for Octopus?

    I have a dive computer, that's why I thought Mission 1. I only need pressure gauge, as I monitor the depth with computer.
     

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