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Re: Bearikade for JMT

Postby austex » Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:46 am

Do the dzus cam locking fasteners have room for a small o ring under them? Also a small amount of silicone grease may help seal them and keep them pliable. Also leave unlocked when in storage as not to compress the o ring unnecessarily.



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Re: Bearikade for JMT

Postby kingofthemountains » Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:01 pm

good point with leaving them unlocked when in storage, i've never thought of that, I am gonna go into the garage and unlock mine right now :thumbsup:
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Re: Bearikade for JMT

Postby ndwoods » Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:41 am

Yea good point about the rain! I've never had mine leak, but I had an old garcia leak in a storm...:)
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Re: Bearikade for JMT

Postby fishmonger » Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:56 am

austex wrote:Do the dzus cam locking fasteners have room for a small o ring under them? Also a small amount of silicone grease may help seal them and keep them pliable. Also leave unlocked when in storage as not to compress the o ring unnecessarily.


I think there are o-rings around the locks - have to double check. I never keep them locked when not in use, and when the leak happened, it only affected one of three Bearikades. Not sure if that had to do with how it was exposed to rain or if it has a faulty seal. Now I will have to do some bathtub submersion tests, just like I did for those darn leaking inflatable ground pads...
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Re: Bearikade for JMT

Postby freestone » Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:11 am

My Bearikade Scout leaked during a Sierra rain shower as well. I decided to investigate why that happened, and discovered the main o-ring to be dry, cracked, and brittle. I called Wild-Ideas to see if they sell the o-rings, but they do not. They did give me the O-ring specs, and suggestions on where to purchase online.

You can purchase directly from http://www.mcmaster.com or http://www.allorings.com. Parker 2-172 for the large and Parker 2-111 for the small ones under the quarter turn fasteners. Buna-N, 70 durometer. Check your large o-ring for width: 1/8" for Parker 2-268 and 3/32" for Parker 2-172.

They are not very expensive, but they come in packages of more than is needed to do just the cannister. One would think Wild Ideas would/could sell as a repair kit??
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Re: Bearikade for JMT

Postby markskor » Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:35 am

Not to make things more difficult here but...
BTW, have the Weekender, bought last century and easily over 1500+ nights on it...
When rain threatens, (since it can only leak from the top),
Turn the can over?
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Re: Bearikade for JMT

Postby BrianF » Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:51 pm

+1 on the turn it over - done that many times with my Garcia and never had water in the can even after heavy rain all night, just make sure it is up out of the mud too
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Bearikade for JMT

Postby wanderin.jack » Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:08 am

Yeah Freestone, my Bearikade O ring has cracked as well. Good to know.


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Re: Bearikade for JMT

Postby JWreno » Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:06 pm

I keep my can upside down for rain. I take off the cable holding the lid to the can so I don't have to listen to it bang when hauling water back from the stream. Definitely a lifetime product. Best volume to weight ratio and the only solution for 10-12 days without resupply.
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Bearikade for JMT

Postby AlmostThere » Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:41 pm

The Other Tom wrote:The O ring also keeps smells from getting out so Mr. Bear has a harder time smelling them.


i don't think a critter that can smell the contents of a sealed can has any problem smelling anything in a bear canister.
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Re: Bearikade for JMT

Postby freestone » Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:58 pm

The function O-rings probably has more to do with making the lid fit perfectly tight and seamless to the can so there is no play in the lid, or a space that can be expoited by a fang or claw. With good o-rings, the lid will "pop up" just enough for easier access into the can. With no o-rings, or excessive worn rings, you might have to tip the can on it's side and use gravity to get the lid off since there is no longer any resistance by the o-ring. I think good o-rings help with smell and moisture, but that's not the only reason for them. It's a very simple and elegant design, perfect for getting to your food when you are tired, cold, and hungry or just old fashioned clutzy like me. I have never used any other can to compare it to but have heard that some cans that have threaded lids can be hard to undo in camp.
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Re: Bearikade for JMT

Postby longri » Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:22 pm

Freestone, are the o-rings difficult to remove?

"Check your large o-ring for width: 1/8" for Parker 2-268 and 3/32" for Parker 2-172."

Do you mean that not all Bearikades use the same large o-ring?
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