Cracked limb help.

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  • May 9, 2014 at 10:57 am #629001 Back to Top REPORT
    conrad97
    conrad97

    Joined: 2/4/2014
    Location: Mo
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    I noticed this on my limb today. I am only 16 so funds are short and I was wondering if I can shoot my bow until I can afford new limbs.

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    May 9, 2014 at 11:07 am #629002 Back to Top REPORT
    blackdog
    BlackDog

    Age: 63
    Joined: 7/21/2004
    Don’t shoot it! Ain’t good. You could take your chances but you’ll probably end up with a bigger mess than you want and someone could be seriously injured. Not worth it.

    If you are the original owner, take it to a Mathews dealer. It will be taken care of.

    If you bought it used – save your pennies and order new limbs from a Mathews Dealer. Those limbs will be warranted..

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    May 9, 2014 at 9:28 pm #629047 Back to Top REPORT
    gjarcher
    gjarcher

    Age: 71
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    Don’t shoot it. Take it to your Mathews Dealer and see what you can work out.
    May 10, 2014 at 8:08 am #629071 Back to Top REPORT
    gjarcher
    gjarcher

    Age: 71
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    From the damage on the turret, it looks like the bow has had some rough times. I see that the bow isn’t under warranty.

    If you can’t work something out with a Mathews dealer, then you still have one last option before replacing the limbs and turrets, and that is to sand out the sliver. From the looks of it, it would be best to disassemble the bow and remove the limb to work on it, might need Pro Shop help here. If you attempt a repair without removing the limb the turret may suffer more damage as a result and you won’t be able to taper out the repaired area.  If the bow hasn’t been knocked out of tune (nock point shift) after the damage, most likely the repair will be successful.

    Use a very fine sandpaper (360 or 400 grit, preferrably wet sanding), light strokes parallel to the limb, never cross grain, and a lot of patience to sand out the area so that the transition is smooth and all the sliver is removed. Run a cotton ball over the sanded area to test for any remaining sliver.  This repair was quite common years ago and can be successful as long as the sliver runs parallel and not cross grain or too deep.

    Likely, once repaired, the bow’s safety won’t be affected since it is an area of minimal flex and in the compression area of the limb, but the resale value won’t be much. You will be able to tell immediately if the repair affected the limb deflection (DW) by testing the peak DW on a bow scale and the nock location. If you can’t tune the bow with both limb bolts evenly set and using a nock point at 1/4″ or less above perpendicular, then the lower limb has been substantially weakened and new limbs would be in order.

    I would recommend against shooting the bow until the repair has been made … the sliver can only get worse.

    June 15, 2014 at 10:03 pm #631539 Back to Top REPORT

    jethrosteel

    Age: 49
    Joined: 10/6/2013
    I had the exact same failure mode on my Drenalin LD. Mathews replaced it. No problems. Turned out there was more “damage” visible once the limbs were removed. Probably worth investigating.

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