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 Post subject: Re: DIY spreader bar...?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:26 pm 
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Kamikuza wrote:
Good idea or bad?

What I want from a spreader bar is not available. And I'm assuming that my local mad-scientist guy can find the right materials and weld it up...

Will the materials survive, will the welds be good enough - or is there a black magic to making spreader bars?
Kev - Are you unhooking at all?
There are several ways to solve the problem, for very little money, if you are riding always hooked in.


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 Post subject: Re: DIY spreader bar...?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:29 pm 
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Thanks SS, good idea.

Problem is the Cabrinha CLs don't "undo" so I can't use the ring idea...

I've thought about ditching the spreader bar pad (which is part of the problem) but wondered what to do with the clip...


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 1:00 pm 
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I actually dropped the ring in the end and just use a caribiner from the CL straight onto the rope


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 Post subject: Re: DIY spreader bar...?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 1:23 pm 
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Are we talking about sliding spreader set up (waves) or something with a hook?

Sliding is pretty simple but you really have to dial in the ergonomics to get the benefit. Dakine spreader, hack saw (or not), thick dynema and an SS ring. Posted pics of mine ages ago with a dedicated bar w/ shackle. Played with it enough now to have the lenght of line figured out to my liking and definitely needed to go the much shorter shackle set up to keep it all in my comfort zone. If the line is too short the ring will slide abruptly. Ergonomics are pretty key to make this kind of thing work for you as it all gets a little mushier in feel with a slider. If its out of reach as well its just less fun than the status quo fixed hook.

As a side note: I took some flack from a Dynabar rep when posting my version and he claimed he was sending a comercial version for comparison and review........As expected, it never arrived.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:03 pm 
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Kamikuza wrote:
Thanks SS, good idea.

Problem is the Cabrinha CLs don't "undo" so I can't use the ring idea...

I've thought about ditching the spreader bar pad (which is part of the problem) but wondered what to do with the clip...


Hey Kami

Check this out. The bar is made by Ride Engine, and I added the carabiner with the belaying pulley because I also use a Cabrinha bar. I have been using this setup all season, works really nice and never rides up.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:34 pm 
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Same for me. I actually unscrewed my CL and shortened it to make the max bar throw closer.


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I'm using a DMM Revolver too, but with a screw gate (not wire gate) for added safety (to prevent lines from accidentally getting caught in the carabiner). I hook it directly to a Mammut 5mm cord (560kg). Love it, about $30 in all.
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http://www.mec.ca/product/0403-048/mammut-5mm-static-cord/


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 11:06 pm 
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I'm not convinced that you need the roller. Caribiners are designed to have rope run through them and it's only one more thing to clog with sand and salt.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 11:17 pm 
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joe_mgh wrote:
I'm not convinced that you need the roller. Caribiners are designed to have rope run through them and it's only one more thing to clog with sand and salt.


I don't think it's a matter of need it certainly reduces wear on the rope, after a seasons use my rope is still pristine. Easy to replace so do I need it...? No... Is there a benefit? Yes.
Mine has never stopped turning but the screw that holds the bearings in place is showing some corrosion. I think I will clean it out and push some grease in there. Either option works great if you are not unhooking. I applaud your innovation in retrofitting for your needs.


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