NFO valve problem

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  1. Driftaway

    Driftaway New Member

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    No did not do it yet. It is for a pontoon i sold to a customer. I think it might be easier to find a replacement halky-roberts than to try to find a tiny collar in a tube. If i cant find it Im going to look pretty stupid taking off his valve if its apart it would be just as easy to replace it.
     
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    Driftaway & Blue,

    I had a leaky Bravo valve on my Outlaw Assault for a while. It wasn't a big deal, but just enough to be annoying. I did some research about the valves and kept finding that one needs a special tool to remove these Bravo valves. Apparently some very special tool that you cannot buy or order anywhere. I think I came across one thread on this site where someone had ordered the "tool" from Scadden direct. It was a 4" long piece of PVC that had been sanded to a taper at one end to fit the valve and had slots cut in to match the pattern of "fins" on the valve. Found the thread:
    http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/forum/index.php?threads/scadden-nfo-bravo-air-valves.55698/

    All this seemed like a lot of trouble so I lived with it for a while. The gist of the story is that I finally couldn't deal with it any longer and figured there had to be a better way. Instead of making a "wrench with only two teeth" I found an appropriate size pair of needle nose pliers and...voila! I removed the suspect valve, cleaned it, replaced it and then tightened the rest for good measure and its been smooth sailing since. All this is to say that I basically substituted needle-nose pliers for the 2-teeth wrench. It didn't damage the valve in the least and seemed to work pretty slick (for me at least). YMMV, but I thought I'd throw this out there.
     
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    Very cool, thanks. I remember Michael N very well and all his post. He was definitely having a love - hate relationship with his Outlaw. I know he was in bad health, so I hope live has looked up for him.
    Thanks for the heads up on the pliers. Can you give me more info on them?
     
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    For what you pay for a scadden boat he should charge a little bit more and use a leafield valve or a summit or something you can actually
    buy a replacement for it. plus it should come with a wrench to replace it. I know outcast wouldnt leave their customers holding the bag
    this long.
     
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    I can't answer for Driftaway, and I do agree service is very important. I personally like the Bravo valves. I wasn't sure at first being long time Halkey. But they really are great. I can use my LVM pump on them closed, couldn't Summit or Halkey. No pushing in and twisting. Not a big deal, I know but I got spoiled with the push once open, push twice closed. My X5 still has the Halkey.
    Not sure how often this valve thing happens, but I agree quicker service is a big deal.
    Again, I can't speak for Driftaway, I would like to get some pliers however should I ever have this problem.
     
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    I have an abel travel craft that has halkey valves and have no problem with my lvm pump open or closed. Besides an lvm pump isnt supposed to be used to get your boat to full pressure anyways.
     
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    Ill try the needle nose plier thing. What other choice do I have?
     
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    Has anyone found a different type of valve that will work on a Renegade or Rampage?
     
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    Blue,

    My explanation wasn't very clear, but it is really simple. Here are a few photos. You just need the right size pliers and then don't squeeze the valve, just twist.

    photo.JPG photo (1).JPG photo (2).JPG
     
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    Very good, thank you.
     
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    Ok now take off the valve and show me the back where the collar goes LOL