slipping socket block
Posted 09 April 2007 - 12:06 AM
I've had problems with my socket block slipping. I have a new Tiffen Ultra vest. I enlisted all of the grips and had the big boys tighten the hell out of it by hand. It still inches its way south. Do I dare put pliers on it or will I break the knobs? Any ideas?
Posted 09 April 2007 - 01:10 AM
Posted 09 April 2007 - 02:45 AM
maybe you could lose the knob and just use an allen bolt and wank with a t-wrench? Maybe a screw through the socketblock plate into the chest spar.
I have the same issue with my older master vest i bought from afton some moons ago. It dasnt matter how tight i push the knob, it slips. Didnt find the solution yet. I was thinking about a new vest, but after reading this that wont work either
Posted 09 April 2007 - 04:44 AM
PS this is all from memory, if it doesn't make sense I'll try and post photos.... not sure I've got the skills to do that!
Posted 09 April 2007 - 06:22 AM
Of course I would've preferred the machining on my gear didn't require a fix like this, but it worked remarkably well and it was far cheaper than replacing the parts. Thanks Alec!
Posted 09 April 2007 - 08:48 AM
The desgn of the clamp wedge and holder for the Ultra2 vest bridge plate (and some of the slightly older Ultra vests) was changed to address just this problem - the old wedge ALWAYS imperfectly contacted the spar and did not wedge it properly against the far side. The new one - with two knobs, provides (should provide) 100% contact with the guide and spar, very tight wedging, and no slipping.
So I'm curious as why Chris' is slipping... could you send me a detailed photo or two?
Posted 09 April 2007 - 04:52 PM
Any change this new mod fits the older vests?
Yes, there is. For the the older Ultra vests and MS vests, there is a single knob, direct replacement of the wedge and the keeper - which I've had on my original Ultra for several years. The latest Ultra2 uses a 2 knob version of the same basic design - better still.
Contact Kyle Young at the factory, 818 843-4600 ext. 17. I'll alert him to this thread.
Again, curious why Kris' was slipping....
Posted 09 April 2007 - 09:25 PM
It seems Brad may have nailed the problem. I tightened the screws on the opposite side of the knobs and all seems better. I'm a knothead for not pulling out a screwdriver right away. Too obvious I guess!
Will monitor the situation for a few days and unless you hear from me again, that was a pretty simple fix.
Jerry, Thanks for staying on top of these kind of things. You are one of the reasons I chose the Ultra 2 and I'm very impressed with all the support I've received.
Posted 10 April 2007 - 02:55 AM
They have a tendency to bend over time and ultimatley snap.
Ive replaced mine 3 times over the years.
The first sign of the screws failing is the plate slipping down.
Brian at Bees Engineering gave me a bag of spares for just such occassions
Posted 11 April 2007 - 02:03 PM
If you stopped banging into varilights you wouldn't stress the socket block in odd ways. . . . lol . . . . .hahaha
love ya man
oh and Ted Ashston says your a dumb ass Red Neck. . .lol . . . all with love