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    Gitzo o-ring seal

    The center column lock on my Gitzo 2530 was getting impossible to turn so I disassembled it.
    It turns out that a rubber o-ring (that I suppose is there to keep dirt out of the threads) had
    dissolved in the lubricating grease and the residue had fouled it all up. Evidently the Gitzo engineers
    were unaware that o-rings are available in many elastomer formulations and that ordinary butyl rubber
    isn't the first choice for compatibility with grease. [Insert your favorite Italian joke here.]

    In any event, the o-ring doesn't seem to be a separately available item from the "gitzospares.com"
    site. Does anyone know either a source for that part or the O.D. and cross-section diameter so I
    can source it elsewhere?
    Where are we going?
    And why are we in this handbasket?


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    Re: Gitzo o-ring seal

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe O'Hara View Post
    The center column lock on my Gitzo 2530 was getting impossible to turn so I disassembled it.
    It turns out that a rubber o-ring (that I suppose is there to keep dirt out of the threads) had
    dissolved in the lubricating grease and the residue had fouled it all up. Evidently the Gitzo engineers
    were unaware that o-rings are available in many elastomer formulations and that ordinary butyl rubber
    isn't the first choice for compatibility with grease. [Insert your favorite Italian joke here.]

    In any event, the o-ring doesn't seem to be a separately available item from the "gitzospares.com"
    site. Does anyone know either a source for that part or the O.D. and cross-section diameter so I
    can source it elsewhere?
    Gitzo was French before it became part of the British Vinton group. Now it is made in Italy with Manfrotto.

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    Re: Gitzo o-ring seal

    Look at McMaster Carr

    We 'made' O-rings all the time for replacements in factory, the tool crib had a kit to glue rubber strings together.

    Amazing how well that worked.

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    Re: Gitzo o-ring seal

    Thanks for the suggestion. Actually in the past I've ordered them for my water filter from an outfit called "theoringstore.com". My problem is that the old one was so disintegrated that there was no point in taking calipers to it. I'll probably just measure the groove it goes in and buy a few and see which fits best. They're cheap enough after all.
    Where are we going?
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    Re: Gitzo o-ring seal

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe O'Hara View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion. Actually in the past I've ordered them for my water filter from an outfit called "theoringstore.com". My problem is that the old one was so disintegrated that there was no point in taking calipers to it. I'll probably just measure the groove it goes in and buy a few and see which fits best. They're cheap enough after all.
    Just out of curiosity, since you and Manfrotto are both in NJ, have you tried to actually call them and ask?

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    Re: Gitzo o-ring seal

    Tried that, it's not sold separately. No biggie, I'll just measure the parts and order a few likely candidates from The O-Ring Store.
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    Re: Gitzo o-ring seal

    go to home depot in the plumbing section. they have a nice variety as well as assorted packs.

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    Re: Gitzo o-ring seal

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe O'Hara View Post
    [Insert your favorite Italian joke here.]
    Gitzo is French. Its current parent company is English.

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    Re: Gitzo o-ring seal

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Fromm View Post
    Gitzo is French. Its current parent company is English.
    I thought Gitzo was purchased by Manfrotto and they moved all manufacture to Italy? Just thought I heard this but may have misunderstood.

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    Re: Gitzo o-ring seal

    Quote Originally Posted by Louis Pacilla View Post
    I thought Gitzo was purchased by Manfrotto and they moved all manufacture to Italy? Just thought I heard this but may have misunderstood.
    Lou, that may well be true but Gitzo was started in France and stayed there at least until Vitec, successor to Wm. Vinten, acquired the company. The Vitec Group's branding is quite confusing. See https://www.vitecgroup.com/about-us/our-history/

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