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Old 28-04-2014, 10:22   #1
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Wilcox Crittenden Joker valve

The "official" joker valve for a Wilcox Crittenden skipper II head is only available as part of a costly rebuild kit. Does anyone know of a substitute manufacturer joker valve that will fit this head. Practical sailor did an evaluation of joker valves and reported that many valves are interchangeable between the different manufacturers, but they did not specifically mention Wilcox Crittenden.
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Re: Wilcox Crittenden Joker valve

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The "official" joker valve for a Wilcox Crittenden skipper II head is only available as part of a costly rebuild kit. Does anyone know of a substitute manufacturer joker valve that will fit this head. Practical sailor did an evaluation of joker valves and reported that many valves are interchangeable between the different manufacturers, but they did not specifically mention Wilcox Crittenden.
Thanks for any suggestions.
Tom
Do you have the dimensions? Specifically the flange (thickness, dia, OD, ID). I will measure some.
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Re: Wilcox Crittenden Joker valve

Thinwater,
Thanks for offer. Unfortunately, the only valve I have is installed and not readily accessible at the moment. I'm going to open her up in couple of days for general rebuild. If I don't have answer by then, I'll take measurement at that time. I have the rebuild kit, but used the joker out of it last year.
I want to keep this head, but if I can't find alternative source of joker, I'll swap my classic skipper for a new head. As it is, $140 to get a joker won't work for me.
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Re: Wilcox Crittenden Joker valve

Jabsoc/Raritan/Groco manual jokers are basically interchangeable (some have reported leaks, but since we never did in testing, I think they are installation errors). The basic dimensions are:

OD 2 5/16
ID 1 5/8
Flange 3/16
Total height 1 15/16

I've seen them, and they sure looked the same, but I didn't put a tape on it.

Any marine store should stock either Raritan or Jabsco; which is better? I'm starting to lean towards Raritan (seems to last a little longer), but the Jabsco (easier flush, better urine resistance) is good too. I'd buy 2 of anything that fits... other than Groco, which is too stiff.

Remember, the slot is vertical.

Let us know what you learn.

(It seems Defender has the kits cheaper--http://www.defender.com/product3.jsp?path=-1|51|2234284|2234293&id=213760)
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