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Chauvalito
03-31-2008, 05:38 PM
In short: I used Grommets from the Volkl Tour 10 Generation II to create a CAP like effect for the C10 Pro (with minor Modifications)

A while ago I purchased a Volkl Tour 10 generation II...having played with the racket briefly it has languished under my bed for months. After seeing teh racket for the first time I was immediately hit by the idea of using the wrap around grommets for the C10. I just now got around to attempting to add the Tour 10 grommets to the C10...so far it has worked with minor modifications.

For the most part the grommets are nearly identical other than a spacing difference between the 9th and 10th grommets from the top middle mains.

To remedy this problem I removed the grommet for the 9th main and applied the grommets as is. I then cannibalized some long grommets from another racket, cut and shaped them to a small individual sizing. I placed these individual grommets under the bumper for the 9th grommet hole.

The final grommets on the side of the racket (5 and 7 o'clock) were also too close together. I simply shortened the material between the two grommets and had no fitting problems afterward.

I used a drill to enlarge holes for which grommets were a tight fit. Mind you, I did not enlarge the grommets, I simply removed any paint that was on the inside of the grommet holes, thus allowing enough room for the grommet to pass through.

I currently don't play with the C10 pro, but if this pans out once strung I will attempt to use the CAP like grommets from the Tour 9 18x20 on my Volkl C7 pro's, my current stick. This C10 is quite old and is fatigued, and so this project is for fun.

Note: The head shape for the Tour 10 and the C10 are different with the Tour 10 having what I will refer to as "shoulders" at 10 and 12 o'clock. Despite this, the grommets fit snugly with only slight spacing at these two points. An easy remedy would be to seperate the grommets at that point creating 4 grommet pieces...this would allow a more snug fit. I will do this after trying this setup.

As far as the balance is concerned, the racket is obviously more head heavy. I expect greater stability and more pop from the racket. The racket will be strung tomorrow, and I will post a review this weekend.

Enjoy!




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Chauvalito
03-31-2008, 05:40 PM
http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/1116/52835292ii4.th.jpg (http://img404.imageshack.us/my.php?image=52835292ii4.jpg)

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iplaybetter
03-31-2008, 05:45 PM
wow lots of good stuff, love to here how it plays

Chauvalito
03-31-2008, 05:48 PM
http://img207.imageshack.us/img207/1350/cimg0165au3.th.jpg (http://img207.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cimg0165au3.jpg)

Chauvalito
03-31-2008, 05:50 PM
wow lots of good stuff, love to here how it plays

I cannot wait either...I wish I would have done this a long time ago. I can't believe it was so easy...and that no one else has done this.

I did not have to use heat, or boil the grommets either...they literally popped in for the most part.

The stick looks pretty sweet in person as well.

Chauvalito
03-31-2008, 07:17 PM
http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/9449/cimg0178en8.th.jpg (http://img230.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cimg0178en8.jpg)

Last shot for the day.

I will have it strung shortly and have a review up this weekend.

I am a little worried about my grommet modifications as I May have made a few sharp edges. In any case, I will order some individual grommets from TW and that will take care of the problem. The racket should be full functional after that.

NoBadMojo
03-31-2008, 07:23 PM
yo! you're MacGyver !! ;)

Chauvalito
03-31-2008, 07:29 PM
yo! you're MacGyver !! ;)

Thanks MOJO, I appreciate it. :)

I really had a lot of fun doing this, and I look forward to seeing what the results are after it is strung. Hopefully a more stable upper hoop, which has been one of the few criticisms of the C10.

I also have a sneaking suspicion that I might be able to do this for my C7's, which I am looking forward too.

It may have been you, or another poster who stated that the molds were different. You were exactly right, but the cool thing was is that the difference was minimal enough to allow this modification.

If someone really wanted to have a professional look, you could send a C10 off to RPNY and have them modify the grommets to fit perfectly.

The way the racket looks now it is hard to tell that it was modified...the grommets look they should be there.

Chauvalito
04-03-2008, 12:05 PM
The racket is strung with Cyberflash/reaction at 60 pounds.

My stringer chose to use tubing instead of the grommets I cannibalized from another racket.

The racket appears completely stock, as if the grommets from the Tour 10 were meant for it.

The racket swings slightly heavier in a whippy sort of way. I get the sensation that the racket head will pull through the ball nicely.

I really think this modification will solve the stability issue the C10 has had issue with in the past. I never had stability issues, but for those who have, this may be and easy and economical solution.

Pictures will be posted tonight, and a review will follow this weekend.

Shangri La
04-03-2008, 12:26 PM
Nice work, Chauvalito!

How much do you think the SW, weight, and balance have changed after your customization?

Look forward to your review !

Chauvalito
04-03-2008, 12:33 PM
Nice work, Chauvalito!

How much do you think the SW, weight, and balance have changed after your customization?

Look forward to your review !

Thanks!!

In my rough estimation, I think weight may be near 360-365 grams, which includes my leather grip. I should and will due a definitive weighting soon.

As far as the balance is concerned I would estimate it is near 6 points head light, which for me will no be a problem, as I am fond of adding lead to he hoops of my other rackets.

SW may be in the lower 330's, which is hefty but manageable for advanced players.

I am looking forward to hitting with it as well. I am glad I took the time to do this as well, otherwise my C10, and my tour 10 would be languishing in my closet since I am dedicated to the C7 currently.

Hope this helps. I will have definitive data over the next week or so. I think you will enjoy the finished product, it looks quite stock. Using tubing for only 2 grommets is a manageable trade off for me.

Chauvalito
04-03-2008, 08:29 PM
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http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/4458/10hf5.th.jpg (http://img259.imageshack.us/my.php?image=10hf5.jpg)

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Tubing was used for only two grommets. Minimal modification is required.

The racket swings heavier because the balance has shifted more towards the head, but it feels quite manageable. I expect to be bludgeoning the ball tomorrow.