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I installed a tank regulator for the first time today.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:28 pm    Post subject: I installed a tank regulator for the first time today.

After reading up on multiple ways of doing it(some suggest locktite, others do not) I decided to go for it, and see what ninja did. they don't use any lock-tite, so neither did I.

I was much less painful than i thought it would me, all it took was some pretty good torque from a strap wrench to remove, then lots more to put the new regulator on.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:35 pm    Post subject: Re: I installed a tank regulator for the first time today.

i've done 3 of my tanks. some people use threaded rods to screw into the ports, and apply torque through leverage that way. strap wrenches, or light heat(hot water) help loosen any crud and get the reg off. i've never run into any with loctite and i've never needed loctite either. it does help if you do plan on flying with your equipment.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:36 pm    Post subject: Re: I installed a tank regulator for the first time today.

yeh i only hand tighten mine.. as when i do travel it makes it easy to take the reg off. im happy that your so stoked tho.. lol i guess some ppl just get intimidated by the Hpa tank

i use to have a conquest reg which would stay on the marker and id separate the tank from the reg just so i didnt have to have my bottle connected to the marker all the time

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:40 pm    Post subject: Re: I installed a tank regulator for the first time today.

I wanted to make sure i really had it on there tight, i don't want it unscrewing on me for some crazy reason. I didn't feel like it was on hand tight when i removed it, and other people were saying 40-70 foot pounds of torque.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:04 am    Post subject: Re: I installed a tank regulator for the first time today.

There are so many threads, that I don't think loctite is necessary. I loctited one once. Big mistake haha.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 2:04 am    Post subject: Re: I installed a tank regulator for the first time today.

No they are about 40 foot lbs I just have my reg hand tight for easy removal as I always grasp my reg when unscrewing from the asa

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:53 am    Post subject: Re: I installed a tank regulator for the first time today.

I've done 13 to date and used to add a drop or two of medium loctite, but not really needed if you get it on good and tight.
The only one that I had installed when I bought a new ninja reg two years ago, came partly unscrewed and then just dumped all the air because the safety slot in the grooves. So no big deal, but I do my own now.
Plus found a local welding shop that hydro's and if I have the reg removed they only charge me $12 and I pick it up next day. Done a bunch for myself and others.
Seen alot of the older ones with pipe dope on them. Real pain to get apart.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:58 am    Post subject: Re: I installed a tank regulator for the first time today.

I've done tons of reg removals and installs. Local shop has a block from cp that goes into the vise and most regs fit into the block. Then just use a strap wrech to take it off.

Sometimes we need a little heat, sometimes just some muscle, never met a reg who beat me. Lol. Even the ones with loctite or some kinds of epoxy crap on em.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 4:04 am    Post subject: Re: I installed a tank regulator for the first time today.

This block from CP that you speak of, is this something I'd be able to get from CP?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 4:04 am    Post subject: Re: I installed a tank regulator for the first time today.

$12 is a good price.

I don't think i could have gotten it off if it has anything on the threads; the vice i had wasn't big enough to hold the tank so i had to put the regulator int he vice instead.

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