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  • Sweep mounting shocks

    The latest batch of sweep shocks - the 4 bolt variety with rubber in between, have beem of inferior quality. The came from A#@.
    Has anyone ever drilled a hole in the middle to avoid failure and just allow them to shear with said bolt left to secure the sweep to the aluminum link?

    Or has anyone have any other ideas?

    Failure in 4 or 5 mos. is unacceptable !!

    King

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    Re: Sweep mounting shocks

    king, I ran across that problem myself. Replaced a couple of shock mounts recently and found 2 bad ones right in the bag. Of course I did not find out until I started tightning down the nuts. I had orded 8 shock mounts 3 months ago, When the driver delivered my next order I sent them all back. No questions. They were from V..... I like the idea of drilling a hole in the middle. Quick fix if you don't have any good ones on hand. Don't have any ideas about another fix. Knuckles

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    • #3
      Re: Sweep mounting shocks

      If a shock mount goes bad for me during a league or tournament, I just wrap about 4 wire ties (cable ties) around it. Then I go backer later when they are all done and fix it the right way. Hardly any wait for the bowlers.

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        Good idea about the cable ties. Better to wait and fix it correctly when time permits. BAD idea about the hole drilling to put a bolt thru it. If you take away the dampening effect and allow the entire sweep to take the full force of impact (as in ball impact, where it is unfortunately a common occurence at both my places), then you are going to wear down your sweep linkages and other components a helluva lot faster.

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        • #5
          Re: Sweep mounting shocks

          By Far the ones from AMF are of poor quality. The ones from vantage are great!!! Urathane shock mounts are they way to go. But to go back to the hole drilling, we have done that with our paddles, we drill a hole in the center to prevent any further cracking. I assume it would be bad to do it in the rubber shock mounts because of the "rubber".

          Bannanas

          But im just a "B"

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          • #6
            Re: Sweep mounting shocks

            I didn't think about the dampening affect of the shock mount. That was a good call Geminix. One to many budcrudweiser's the other night. I have been reading to many of Ed Fox's postings. Time to get a beer. Later knuckles [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif[/img] [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif[/img]

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            • #7
              Re: Sweep mounting shocks

              Knuckles & geminix: About the hole drilling.:
              It's OK to drill the hole. Make a template for both the mount and the link so that all are the same, including your spares. Drill the holes 5/16".
              Now consider two options:
              OPTION 1: Install 1/4-20 bolts with washers and stover nuts on all, but do not tighten them all the way...just until snug. This should still maintain the dampening effect of the rubber, and the bolt will be the "safety" in case it does tear.
              OPTION 2: Do not put any bolts in until either it breaks (for quick-fix), or, if after a routine inspection, you see a cracked one and want to play it safe until you replace the mount. [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif[/img]

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              • #8
                Re: Sweep mounting shocks

                "shock mount"

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