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Today 08:09 AM
FlyingHellFish The needle just moves a little bit is what he saying. It's a good regulator, I have that model - Y12 series. I took a look online, those prices are ridiculous for a used regulator. Like... all the prices are so high now.

Aim for under 50 if it's still shinny.
Today 04:06 AM
zackariah Crap!!! here I thought I got a smoking deal. So If I am thinking correctly it will still work but it will be tougher to get a precise working pressure. or am I way off?
Today 03:42 AM
oldpunk78 No. It doesn't work like that. The regulator needs to produce less psi. The gauge just reads it.
Today 03:28 AM
zackariah so can i just put a low pressure gauge that has lower reading on it?
Today 03:08 AM
oldpunk78 It will but you want one that has a lower psi rating. I don't like using them if they have a low pressure gauge that reads over 200 psi.
Today 01:43 AM
zackariah H all i am looking to do my first build will this reg body work?
12-14-2014 06:16 AM
Originally Posted by AlanLe View Post
these hoke valves we bought last time are really really good and very easy to adjust. I'm currently running on my 120p.

Love the golden look of your rig buddy!
12-06-2014 10:26 PM
Originally Posted by OG_Plantmore View Post
Where did all the pics go?
He gave part numbers so just look those up. Most of what was posted isn't necessary. They were mostly fittings and adapters that covered pretty much any combination of fittings.

Since reviewing this thread, I decided to make one myself. Educating myself for a week really gave me the confidence to make it happen for I was clueless in what it took to build one. Its really cheap doing it yourself versus buying a high end setup from an aquarium company. Ebay, amazon, other auction sites, sale threads, surplus warehouses, welding shops/websites, are out there. You just might not find them all in one day. It could take several days, weeks or months to get that one crucial part you were looking for. I recommend going after your regulator first and then match the finish of that for a nice looking setup.
12-06-2014 10:03 AM
Originally Posted by OG_Plantmore View Post
Where did all the pics go?
The image hosting site has removed them (probably due to inactivity).
12-05-2014 11:26 PM
OG_Plantmore Where did all the pics go?
10-14-2014 08:06 AM
FlyingHellFish Oooh them hokes looking good, I like I like.
10-14-2014 06:07 AM
AlanLe these hoke valves we bought last time are really really good and very easy to adjust. I'm currently running on my 120p.
10-13-2014 12:05 AM
oldpunk78 Hahaha - just for the heck of it I just googled 2 stage co2 regulator. Guess what pops up 1st on google? When I wrote the original article, I never would have thought it would help so many.

Still working towards an update. I just haven't had any time at the computer.
09-22-2014 05:59 AM
AlanLe Flyingfish those needle valves look good but im not sure if they perform as good.

Here a needle valve you dont normally see.

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09-21-2014 07:08 AM
Originally Posted by AlanLe View Post
You can buff them with brasso!

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That what I use, the smell is so horrible tho. Its like gym socks.


Here some other options for needle valves, these are clones of the S,M,L by Swagelok. Performance wise, the graph is identical, problem lies in logistic. The valve will cost the same as a retail Swagelok one.

Check out the metal colour handle, pretty slick no?

*** I have to look over what I wrote, I forgot which was the better option. There are least 2 more companies with Swagelok clones, not to mention the custom valves you can get from overseas. There is zillions of companies in Asia willing to produce valves for you, only problem is the min order of 100.
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