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    First stage

    Can you use standered first stage on twins or do you need twinset specific first stages
    Just wondered

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    Yes, you can use the standard 1st stage.

    When I switched from a single to a twinset, I used my existing Apeks DS4 on the left post, with the original black ATX40, SPG and drysuit hose. I bought a second DS4 and a long regulator hose to put on the right post with the wing inflator.

    From the looks of it, using something like the Apeks Tek3s might make the hose routing a little bit neater, they are a lot more expensive and have no better functionality.

    Have a look at Timmyg's very useful blog on setting up a twinset here: http://rectotec.blogspot.com/2015/01...egulators.html
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    What regs do you have at the moment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick07 View Post
    Can you use standered first stage on twins or do you need twinset specific first stages
    Just wondered
    Standard ones are fine, provided they route the hoses ok. Things like the Tek3's go some way to fixing the routing problems but still aren't ideal IMHO but are an option if you want to go that way.
    The views expressed are my own, worth what you've paid for them, are not on behalf of anyone else and not those of any company I work for etc.

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    Yes you can. I use Scubapro Mk25 first stage regs.
    It is worth paying some attention as to where you want your hoses to be routed. You have the opportunity top have a long hose as part of the setup.
    It is not difficult, but a little bit of thought goes a long way.

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    I have a set of Tek3s with 2nd stages and guage, long hose, suit feed etc for sale on behalf of a friend.

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    I have xtx200 and xtx 50 not sure of first stage
    Just wondered long way off twins

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    Apeks; beloved by many. Good choice. Does the first stage swivel? If so it's a DST (Dry Sealed Twisting)

    Your second stages are great for twinsets.

    All you need is to keep your eyes peeled for a second hand first stage of the same variety and you've an instant twinset kit. DST's make for excellent stage cylinders too.

    You can get a new DS4 (dry sealed with 4 ports) for a little over 100, or a DS4 + ATX40 for about 160 new (plus hose). Two DS4's would be great on a twinset and your DST for a stage:-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wibs View Post
    If so it's a DST (Dry Sealed Twisting)

    DST = Dry Sealed Turret

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    If they are XTS200's it'll likely be an FSR first stage. These can be modified to have a 5th port


 
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