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APX7000 waterproof specs

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TrunkLatcher

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Hello,
I am aware (due to help on another thread) that there is the mil spec waterproofing (APX7000R) and the IP rated waterproofing on the APX7000XE. My real question is if I get a radio that is used (most likely it wouldn't have tags) what is the risk that the waterproofing would have been compromised?

When people do stuff to tag-less radios, do they generally mess up the waterproofing? How easy is it to mess this up if you open the radio? I really don't care about certifications, I just want something that works as waterproof.

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For the standard IP waterproofing, there's no specific requirement for testing, so if the radio has been assembled properly I assume that's probably sufficient to maintain the seals.

However, assembling the radio properly isn't completely trivial. In particular, there are a few parts that have to be lubricated with special grease, and the six case screws have to be tightened to a specific torque (10in-lbs, if I recall correctly, which is *very* tight -- any tighter and the screw may shear off).

If you've got a used radio and you're worried, I'd open up the speaker grille, make sure it's been lubricated properly, and re-tighten the six case screws with a torque driver to make sure they're at the correct torque. And then I'd still try to avoid dropping the radio into any lakes.
 

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Motorola Solutions test all the radio equipment in their testing lab in Plantation, FL. The APX radios come standard with the mil spec from what I understand.
 

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Motorola Solutions test all the radio equipment in their testing lab in Plantation, FL. The APX radios come standard with the mil spec from what I understand.

No. The -R and XE models are milspec waterproofing. The regular APX models are IP67.
 

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I am almost certain that blaze is right. The main point of my op was essentially "how easy is it to mess this [waterproofing] up if you open up the radio?" From what I learned from blaze, there is a lot of care that must be taken to maintain this protection. Certifications are probably already irrelevant if it is a 123ABC1234 radio. I guess if I get the proper tightening tool (@blaze, what exactly is it?) and the grease (what is the official name?) that I could verify the integrity myself. Thanks for the help.
 

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I think if you're that worried about the integrity of the seal, you'd be better off buying the radio from a reputable dealer.
 
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