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Oceanic Alpha 9 front covers

Discussion in 'Regulators' started by KenGordon, Aug 19, 2019.

  1. KenGordon

    KenGordon Rebreather Pilot

    Does anyone happen to have a box of front covers (aka purge buttons) for Alpha 9 second stages? We have a bunch of regulators becoming useless due to failure of these.

  2. jgttrey

    jgttrey ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Houston
    I wish I knew. Those plastic rings are worst design ever. It's too bad, as simple and cheap as they are, those second stages breathe great and are super light and comfy.

    But those purge covers should be recalled and replaced with something that works. Those little legs break all the time and it is awfully easy for it to pop off.
  3. Jim Lapenta

    Jim Lapenta Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Canonsburg, Pa
  4. Externet

    Externet Nassau Grouper

  5. James79

    James79 Reinventor of Wheels ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Lower Alabama
    If I can get some measurements from you, I can try 3d printing one for you, and if we get it right run off as many as you need. I'm using a printed one I did for an SP 109 on my primary now, so I know the TPU material is suitable.


  6. Smock

    Smock Garibaldi

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Singapore
    They actually stopped producing the front covers for awhile, which was a little scary since the covers turned brittle and broke easily in our tropical climate. We finally managed to get a few covers in this year and they've changed the material on the covers, it's now feels softer, more silicone like and hopefully will last longer than the old ones did. I'm not sure where you're located at but have you tried your local Oceanic dealer or distributor?
  7. KenGordon

    KenGordon Rebreather Pilot

    Sorry, missed the replies.

    These are club regs so I can’t use 3d printed covers. In the event of an issue the coroner would probably get quite sarcastic.

    It didn’t take any tropical weather to make them brittle, they stated out like that and we got half a dozen spares immediately. We had a good relationship with the shop at the time but it has changed hands since.

    Did Oceanic go bust? At least in the U.K. the distribution changed.

    The parts for life thing depends on too many things remaining the same. Sadly at the time it was the main difference between the Oceanic and the Apeks ATX, that turns out to have been a mistake.

    I will look to see if the Alpha 7 or 8 parts are available.

    Best bit is the current Oceanic distributor is offering to replace the second stages for hardly less than two ATXs and a DS4 would cost.
  8. KenGordon

    KenGordon Rebreather Pilot

    London, yes we have tried the original dealer and the distributor.

    I have 10 sets...
  9. sh1513

    sh1513 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Birmingham, UK
    They didn't go bust, back in 2017 Oceanic and Hollis were acquired by Huish Outdoors and part of the change was to move distribution to Germany, previously everything used to come through Oceanic SW (now called Fathom Outdoors). This was all supposed to be sorted by mid 2018 but it seems that all the UK dealers are still having problems obtaining spares/parts.

    I know that Stoney Cove has a limited amount of Oceanic parts and servicing kits in stock and they don't know when they will be able to get any more.
  10. KenGordon

    KenGordon Rebreather Pilot

    Ok, so perhaps I have someone to go after. Thanks.

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