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Old     (salsajs3030)      Join Date: Aug 2008       11-23-2008, 2:49 PM Reply   
This morning I tore one of the rubber cuff's on my dry suit...anybody know of a good place to get it fixed in San Diego?
I am assuming a wet suit repair shop would have to fix it??
Old    akman            11-23-2008, 7:25 PM Reply   
You can take it to Wakesports Unlimited and they can send it in for you or you can send it directly to O'Neill if that's the brand you have. They are local, National City I think and can fix it for $15 or $20 if I remember correctly.
Old     (bobby_and_mikey_dad)      Join Date: Nov 2008       11-23-2008, 8:35 PM Reply   
How old is the suit? are the cuffs neoprene or rubber. Older baggy type suits use rubber cuffs and would be easier to get fixed as they were sort of designed to be replaced. If it is an O'neill type with the neoprene it may have to go back to O'neill but your right, being in SD you may just be able to go to a core wetsuit shop, kind of like the lost art of shoe repair
Old     (salsajs3030)      Join Date: Aug 2008       11-23-2008, 8:41 PM Reply   
O'neill Boost series with the rubber cuffs, its pretty old (about 4 years old if I remember correctly, but new looking because I only use it 4 or 5 times a year if that). The right hand rubber cuff just split.
Wakesports is a good suggestion, is there a place i can go direct...I'm sure they out source and tack on more money.
Old     (bobby_and_mikey_dad)      Join Date: Nov 2008       11-23-2008, 8:46 PM Reply   
O'neill will fix it , like a 3 week turnaround, find a cool dealer a little finesse might get it done under warranty. They do that stuff down near SD I think, I wanna say El Centro. Might be best to have them do it, as the cuff piece may be tricky for a wet suit repair shop to build and gluing it together will not last.
Old     (pnichols)      Join Date: Jan 2007       11-24-2008, 7:00 AM Reply   
Try a dive shop.
Old     (salsajs3030)      Join Date: Aug 2008       11-25-2008, 7:22 AM Reply   
Cool..thanks guys. I guess O'Neill has over a 1 month turn around time. A lot of the local dive shops only will repair their custom dive suits. I'm running in to a bit of a problem here because its starting to get pretty cold...and I can't stand riding in a full wetsuit.
Any other suggestions?
Old     (salty87)      Join Date: Jul 2002       11-25-2008, 7:31 AM Reply   
buy the seals, online if you have to. get some glue at one of the dive shops and swap it out yourself. takes about 5 mins to swap one out if that long.
Old     (thespleen)      Join Date: Feb 2004       11-25-2008, 1:53 PM Reply   
Try this -
Just kidding, I hate being cold, too.Upload
Old     (salsajs3030)      Join Date: Aug 2008       11-26-2008, 3:34 PM Reply   
...if anybody else looks up this thread, I found this kit on another thread:
Old     (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       11-26-2008, 7:18 PM Reply   
thank gawd for this thread. i checked the seals on my drysuit getting it ready for the cold and sure enough, one of the ankle seals ripped. so i'm thinking of getting all the seals replaced.

gramps, do you remember if they're $15-20 per seal?
Old     (peter_c)      Join Date: Sep 2001       11-26-2008, 7:46 PM Reply   
I do my seals all the time. It is super easy and changing a neck seal takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish and that is on a crushed neoprene suit (Trilams are much easier). I consider a neck seal harder than wrist or ankle seals. A heat gun will have the seal off in about a minute, then a little prep wipe with MEK and you are ready to glue the seal back down. We use PB300 for glue, and do not clean off all the old glue prior to re installation.

Zippers are best purchased from GLobal drysuits due to pricing, but I have found the OS seals to have a better fit. I've also become a believer in the seal protectors beyond straight silicon. Look at OS Systems website and find the seals and glue. Near the top of the webpage it also says "maintenance and repair" where there are instructions on how to perform the repairs.
Old     (slipknot)      Join Date: Aug 2001       12-01-2008, 6:51 AM Reply   
Mine is getting repaired right now, I will let you know how much it costs. It's been there a few weeks. I should have it back soon.
Old     (bftskir)      Join Date: Jan 2004       12-01-2008, 12:42 PM Reply   
the seals on BI drysuits is twice as thick and lasts years...I've blown out my share of drysuit seals until BI went to the thicker seals now my drysuits last more than 5 years easy. and barefooting is extremely hard on other brand holds up like a BI. sun is the seals worst enemy BI hides them under a neoprene cuff so the rotting and cracking is nearly eliminated.
my current suit I received on may 29th 2003...still looks like new and has been used a couple hundred times easy.


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