Hairpin Babolat and Head

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  1. Hankenstein

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    Background: I love the shape of Heads TK82S pallets (speed line) and i also like the Babolat Pure Storm Tour GT, but i dont really like the grip shape.

    I plan to remove the foam from the grip down to the graphite (so the frame looks like a hairpin from the factory) and then add the TK82S, but, has anyone done this before and knows what dimension a Babolat has under the foam compared to a Head? To remove foam, well, patience is the key and it is do-able but takes some work

    Thanks for your inputs guys!
     
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  2. bugeyed

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    You could just reshape the Babolat pallet to match the Head.

    Cheers,
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  3. niremetal

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    I hate to be the new guy asking a stupid question, but...how?
     
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  4. db10s

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    Sandpaper?
     
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  5. bugeyed

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    If you use sandpaper, be sure to use a sanding block to keep it flat. I prefer this method rather than the one proposed by the OP. Even if you have to take the size down to get the shape & then build it up with a shrink wrap. I think it would result in a more solid grip. You will likely need to replace the butt cap too. I am just concerned that you will not get a good fit with the Head pallet.

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  6. Geology_Rocks!

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    I was thinking about something similar, putting TK82 pallets on my dunlops.

    I tried to measure the hairpins by opening the trap doors of a head and a dunlop, but it wasn't conclusive.
     
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  7. Hankenstein

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    It must not be 100 % perfect match with the hairpin. If its a millimeter difference on the hairpin and the TK82S it´s ok. Sandpaper will do the trick.

    I will buy a used Pure Drive GT and see how it goes. Sure all Babolats must have the same hairpin-size? (I know the term "hairpin" is the naked raquet without molded grip and bumpers but it is the term that fits this question best i think)
     
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  8. Guardian

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    Let us know how it goes..

    I once checked with a Donnay hairpin, Head pallets did not fit.
     
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  9. Geology_Rocks!

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    Maybe someone with a broken racket could check?
     
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  10. eman resu

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    did you try it?
     
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