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Side Mount Aluminum 80s, setup with no weights?

Discussion in 'Sidemount Diving' started by SentinelAce, Oct 17, 2018.

  1. Matthew Spears

    Matthew Spears Angel Fish

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    How did you set up the D rings on your sms 100? I just bought one and based on how the waist strap comes around I'd imagine that clipping tanks off there would almost cause them to move to front-mounted tanks.
     
  2. Rollin Bonz

    Rollin Bonz Solo Diver

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    I've actually moved to steel tanks now, but...

    I bought my SMS used. It already had the "Edd Mods" and waist D rings installed, but here's their placement if it helps...

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    It's been a while since I've used AL80s in SM and at the time, I probably THOUGHT they trimmed out better than they actually did.
     
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  3. racanichou

    racanichou Manta Ray

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    Remember that with AL tanks you need 2 sets of D rings per side (or sliding D ring). Also I recommend doing with low profile D rings instead of the big one as shown above. Your tank trim will thank you for it.
     
  4. UTscuba

    UTscuba ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I have them too, they're way too tight on the stock belt of an SMS 100, but they slide nicely on the SMS75 and SMS50 belts

    because mocking people is always more fun than helping them improve
     
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  5. jvogt

    jvogt ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    I have friends that use the SMS 75. You just have to add D rings in the front to clip to when the tanks get light.


    Edit: Fooled by the Zombie Thread
     
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  6. rjack321

    rjack321 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Not 80s once they are partially used.
    Clip to the rear rail when they are full (as long as there's no helium in them)
    Move the clip forward once the tails get light. Same as with a razor/xdeep
     
  7. rjack321

    rjack321 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    A screen shot from 3 years ago before I knew what I was doing. Left side is a full AL80 with 21/35 - you can even see the lead on my waist behind it. It's stupid not to put it someplace useful. Al80 of EAN50 on the right side is hanging low because it pulls the whole buttplate over to the right 2"

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    2019 version: Full Al80 of 15/55 with 2lbs on the cam band riding properly. Same CCR, same DR buttplate. Can't even see the AL80 of EAN50 because its perfectly aligned with my thigh
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  8. Matthew Spears

    Matthew Spears Angel Fish

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    It helped a lot thank you!
     
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  9. Matthew Spears

    Matthew Spears Angel Fish

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    Thanks!
     
  10. divezonescuba

    divezonescuba ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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