DUNLOP MAX400i - Definitive List of the different versions with PHOTOS

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  1. jimbo333

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    This is hopefully the definitive list of all the different versions of the Dunlop Max400i, a lot simpler than the Max200G thank goodness, and if anyone has any other versions, please let me know!

    Mid-Production (still has alloy metal in the frame)
    Prototype (with unique max200G paintjob)
    Pro Stock (with retail "Grafil" max200G paintjob) - I forgot to put this one in the photo!
    Max400i - 1988/89 version
    Max400iL - 1988/89 "L" version (1" shorter)
    Max400iPRO - 1990 "Pro" version
    Max400i - 1990 2nd version
    Max400iL - 1990 2nd "L" version (1" shorter)

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    Incidently I think the headsize of the Max400i is about 83 sqin, it is slightly bigger in headsize than a Max200G, and slightly smaller than a Wilson PS85.
     
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    Photos of the very rare 1990 version of the Max400i. Actually this might have been first released in 1991, I'm not sure, but I think 1990 is more likely.

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    Here are a couple of old photos of the Mid-production Max400i, because the Mid-Production racket still has the metal alloy in the frame, it is very heavy:)

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    Yes, that is 2055 grams!

    Which is 4 lbs and 8 1/2 ounces!
     
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    Some close-up photos of the Max400i Mid-production racket, you can see the metal alloy still in the racket.

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  5. vsbabolat

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    I played with the Max400i for a year. Loved them! But I tend to break them on my backhand. They would break at the shaft just above the yoke.
     
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    The midproduction thing is really neat to see. Thanks for taking the time to put this up! :)
     
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    Yes I agree, these tended to break relatively frequently. VSB would you say that later version would be 1990 or 91?

    I'm really not sure, as I didn't even know about this version until a few years ago!
     
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    Cheers, I agree the mid-production racket is very interesting, and it took a while for me to understand how the metal alloy can still be in there, and yet the string holes are already in the racket. I always forget about the mold the racket sits in, in the IMF machine. But it is confusing and in fact don't ask me to explain it even now!

    It does take a lot of time and effort to do these photos, but it is worth it if people enjoy seeing them:)
     
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    I never saw that later cosmetic before. After 1989 it was not offered on this side of the pond.
     
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    Thanks, I think it will probably be 1990 then, I'm going to change it.
     
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    Beautiful photos, I absolutely love the bright teal version! And to think I have a Max 400i for years and always thought there is just this one version..:shock:
     
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    Cheers, yes I thought there was only 1 version until a few years ago, that 2nd Glossy Teal/Orange version seems to be very rare.
     
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    Here is a close-up photo of the 2 rare Glossy Teal/Orange versions from 1990.

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    Yes must be rare have not seen one before. This frame just went to the top of my wishlist. It'd match my shoes perfectly, I have some teal Adizero Feathers.:grin:
     
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    I have a max 200g teal models that look very similar.
    Styling pair a rackets to show off and play !
     
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    I think I had a teal max 200g and probably sold it long ago. I remember seeing someone with a 400g at a tournament or something, taking a look at it, and kind of laughing inside thinking "it's not a 200g". I don't know the frame; never actually hit with it, but wasn't it supposed to be a frame for those who can't swing the 200g? Anyway the lighter stuff probably would've been the way to go for me back then.
     
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    Another close-up photo showing the 2nd versions of the Max400i together with the Max400iL from 1990.

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    Well I think you'll find one, now you know about it, but it may take a few months as they are rare!
     
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    These actually look better than the photos, they are very bright!
     
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    There was a Dunlop 400G in about 2002, nothing like the IMF rackets, but having said that the Dunlop rackets from then are so much better than the latest ones!
     
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    My two rarest Max400i rackets. One is a prototype Max400i with a unique Max200G paintjob (which says "grafil xas injection" on it), the other I think is some sort of prostock Max400i with the 1988 "grafil" Max200G paintjob. I really like these two!

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    The Max400iL, the junior version, which is shorter by 1" than the normal Max400i, otherwise it is the same!

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    Some close-up photos of the Max400iPRO from 1990.

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    Just a couple more photos to come later this week!
     
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    Couldn't resist reposting this photo, one of my favourites:)

    Another close-up photo showing the 2nd versions of the Max400i together with the Max400iL from 1990.

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    Do these have a bigger headsize? The PJ and shape are similar to the 500i and 800i.
     
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    P.S. Jimbo,
    what about the MAX 500GS and 600i?
     
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    No, all the Max400i's were the same headsize, exact same mold. But yes the graphics of that version are similar to the Max500i and Max800i as they were made at the same time.

    These were the IMF squash rackets, as I'm sure you know!

    In fact I've got all the different versions of the Dunlop and Slazenger IMF squash rackets I believe. There are about 20 different versions:)
     
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    I have a mint Max 400i L frame, played twice. Hand grip original but slightly discoloured. What would something like this be worth?
     
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    I don't see the bevels characteristic of the 400i on your two rackets. May be the pictures.. but I cannot see them. The pattern is also 18x20, not 16x18. What makes you think they are 400i in disguise?
     
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    It is not mint, it's been played twice and has a discoloured grip. It is rare, but there is not a big demand for this "L" version, so I'd have thought about $100. Just to let you know, that selling is not allowed in this part of Talk Tennis, you need to go to the selling section if you want to sell it.

    They do have the bevels, and are clearly strung incorrectly. Like I said they are Max400i's, one is a prototype with a unique paintjob and the other is a paintjob of some sort. Honestly they are definitely 100% Max400i molds, I can assure you, as I've become a bit of an expert on the Dunlop and Slazenger IMF rackets, I have almost 200 of these rackets in total (including the squash rackets), and have about 98% of all the different versions. Those 2 rackets at the top of the page are very very rare tennis rackets.
     
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    frame weakness

    Is this weakness of 400i frames quite common? I was thinking about buying one, with intention of using it for practice now and then. If there is a good chance of breaking it then I'm not so sure since I need to pay a lot of money for shipping.
    thanks
     
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    head pallets?

    Jimbo since you have a hairpin prototype I wonder you can tell whether head pallets might fit?
    thanks
     
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    It has a molded grip. No pallets.
     
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    I know but mold can still be removed.
     
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