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Old Dive Rite 1st stage?

Discussion in 'Regulators' started by Caveman, Feb 15, 2021.

  1. Caveman

    Caveman Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Southern Africa
    Came across this old Dive Rite 1st stage for a decent price recently. Condition is so good that I wonder if it was ever even used. But I can't quite tell what the model is. Can anyone assist? And if possible provide me with any info about it or at least a link to a source. Ignore the mini gauge; that just came with it.

    Much appreciated.

  2. jale

    jale Barangay Pasaway

    RG 1208 if i remember correctly.
    Good membrane first stage. Easy to service.
    You cannot go wrong is the price is good:)
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  3. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: U.S. East Coast
  4. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Bat sh.t crazy

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Nanny State
  5. greeniguana

    greeniguana Contributor

  6. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    I have that one as my DECO stage. Packaged as the RG3ICE
  7. JahJahwarrior

    JahJahwarrior ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: West Palm Beach, Fl
    That one isn't even that "old," it's got the fifth port on the end of the turret...and the internals of this style diaphragm regulator haven't changed significantly in a long time. Super easy to service. This version is not environmentally sealed, which means water sand and salt will get right up on top of the diaphragm. Not really a problem at all unless you are ice diving, but if you are in sand or salt you will want to do a really good rinse to keep it from getting grody inside. I don't think it will impact the lifespan of a service kit in a meaningful way, but it's part of taking care of your gear and makes servicing easier. Great regulator, can't go wrong with it.

    But check the date stamp on the end of that hose when it gets in. After having a LP hose crumble at 7 years, I've put a strict 4 year limit on all of my non rubber hoses.
  8. greeniguana

    greeniguana Contributor

    This is an internal close up photo of an unsealed 1208 I recently serviced. They stay wet inside well after they are put away. The small metal disk in mine was pitted, but nothing critical. Vinegar and ultrasonic cleaner took care of it. I put the environmental seal kit on this reg, mainly so it would match my other sealed unit.

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  9. asher102

    asher102 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Vermont, USA
    Sorry to hijack this thread, but does anyone know if the 4 port versions (RG1208ICE-2 I believe) of these can be retrofitted to 5 port (RG1208ICE-5)? If I am reading the schematics correctly I would just need a RG1281-5P to replace the turret retainer.
  10. greeniguana

    greeniguana Contributor


    Hog 5th Port Converter , Piranha Dive Shop |

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