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SideMount Setup Fine Tuning

Discussion in 'General Scuba Equipment Discussions' started by Andrew Dawson, Nov 5, 2019.

  1. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

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  2. Andrew Dawson

    Andrew Dawson Barracuda

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    Eh, sorta...the cylinders still need dat fine tuning :)

    Yes, shorter LP hoses are probably the next step...just...4-5" LP hoses are something I need to get my mind around lol

    Cool, I will check out that link :)

    I would love to get a trial SM harness and wing...the HOG is OK...but not the greatest BCD ever, IMHO...again, "Poor is the carpenter who blames the tool...." :wink:
     
  3. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

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    I should have said your regs. The placement of the bands probably need to be adjusted, as well as the two d-rings per side on your waist. How to find the Optimal Height for Sidemount Cylinder Bands %
     
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  4. Andrew Dawson

    Andrew Dawson Barracuda

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    I will have to go over the bands, bungees, and hoses...I ordered much shorter hoses that should work.

    I did not get a 7' hose, tho...will try to make this one work...as I am not doing any cave or wreck penetration dives...
     
  5. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

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    I can sell you for cheap a 7' hose as I'm not using it.
     
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  6. Andrew Dawson

    Andrew Dawson Barracuda

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    Thanks!! How necessary is the 7' hose those for only open water use?
     
  7. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

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    For OW, I won't claim that it is critical, as long as you don't ever go through swim throughs of any sort. Not sure when I'll be diving, but hopefully we can meet up and do some basic drills and you can determine if you want to invest. You can borrow the 7' hose for that and see how you like it.
     
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  8. Andrew Dawson

    Andrew Dawson Barracuda

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    Thanks, Kosta...I used 7' hose on my twins for tec diving...and it was great. Using one for SM [Ow only] would only be necessary if the way to store/control the long hose required it...which, it sounds like it does not require a 7' hose.

    No, I do not do swimthroughs...no, not even curious about them...or "spur of the moment" little jaunts...I simply have no desire to do so...I am not really afraid of it [or maybe I am and just not aware of it]...I just do not really care about them...I love OW and floating/flying :)

    OK, my gear should be dry soon...and I will make adjustments then.

    Anyone have any comments after seen the pics?

    I will get a pic of my gear setup soon so the hose routing can be seen...

    I need the lengthen the right bungees...maybe with a quick link... Capture.JPG
     
  9. Mike1967

    Mike1967 Manta Ray

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    Why not just longer bungee?
     
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  10. ScubaWithTurk

    ScubaWithTurk Bubble Blowing Buddha

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    No, don't use that. The best way I have found is to cut your bungee longer than you think you may need. Attach it to the harness and go for a dive. Then if you decide it needs to be tighter, you move the knot down, if it needed to be a bit more loose, you move the knot up a little. The key is a little!! Small adjustments until you have the cylinder valves sitting where you want them. Then you can cut any excess bungee and burn the end.

    With a dive buddy who knows Sidemount, the bungee can even be adjusted underwater.

    One quick note since you are new to SM, you should check the condition of your burgees prior to each dive. I add that into my pre-dive checks before donning the harness. If I see fraying or something I do not like, I have extra bungee in my bag available for a quick swap so I don't snap one on a dive. I also teach this to my students.
     

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