List of rackets that can be capped/ capping guide

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  1. dantespark33

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    I think it's about time to make a definitive list of rackets that can use the Head Prestige CAP grommets, because there are tons of threads that tell what can be capped but no thread that has a list of all the rackets that can use the grommets. (i'll get some pics later)

    so to start off what are cap grommets?

    They are the bumper guard used in the Head Prestige Line of rackets
    they aid in full racket head protection, they do add a little bit more weight to the racket head as opposed to regular grommets.

    How do you install cap grommets?

    Materials:
    CAP grommets
    Awl
    Heat gun/blow dryer/ hot water (optional)
    *you can use a heat gun/blow dryer or hot water to somewhat ease the process by making the grommets more soft and flexible

    Here are 2 ways to install caps:

    Capping version 1. To install CAPs start at the shoulder. 5T and 6T grommets are the longest and will need to be inserted FIRST. CAPs will finish easily at the 12 o'clock. I also recommend that you use Scotch tape to tape down the CAPs to the frame as you move upward. This method will keep the CAPs from popping back out as you seat more and more grommets into the holes.
    *kudos to psp2 for this

    Capping version 2. So heat up a cap strip (optional) and start from the top (12 o clock position) and push the grommets through the grommet holes, use the awl to help push them into place, just do this until you get all of the grommets in the holes, if you need to use some kind of easy to remove tape at the top after you get the first grommets in so that they stay in place better



    Which rackets can be capped?

    well there are few rackets that can use the prestige cap grommets, they are mainly in the Head radical series

    this is the list of Midplus rackets that can use the midplus prestige grommets, you can use either the liquidmetal, microgel, i.prestige, or flexpoint prestige MP grommets, i find that the i.prestige grommets are the hardest to install, the other ones are pretty simple though

    Head Microgel Radical MP
    Head Liquidmetal Radical MP
    Head flexpoint Radical MP (uses the head Flexpoint Prestige MP grommets)
    Head Intelligence i.Radical MP
    Head titanium ti.Radical MP
    Head Radical tour/trisys 260/bumblebee MP
    Head twintube radical tour MP
    Head Pro tour 260/630
    Head Ti.Pro tour
    Head Tour Extralong
    Head ti.fire pro edition

    List of mid rackets that can use prestige mid grommets
    Head Graphite professional
    Spalding atp tour stock 200
    Head Elite Pro
    Head Elektra Pro
    Head Tour 600
    Head Club Pro
    Head Magnum Pro
    Head Comp Pro
    Head Team Pro
    Head tour 600

    Other: (use Head Prestige Team series Grommets)
    Head Trisys 270
    Head Ti.classic
    Head Pro lite tour

    Non head:
    the Volkl Tour 10 Generation II can be capped with little modification
    instructions and pictures of how to cap the racket are located in the link before
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=189204

    FOR ANYONE INTERESTED:
    you can use the new teflon grommets from the youtek radical series and stick them in the older versions of the radicals

    there are probably other rackets that i don't know of so please inform if i missed something
    NOTE: The T-fight cannot be capped without adjustment to the caps, thank you to Gimmick experimenting for us
     
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  2. Bud

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    Most of the early Head 'Pro' 600 racquets can be CAPped (Elite Pro, Elektra Pro, Tour 600, Club Pro, Magnum Pro, etc.). The power wedge/double power wedge racquets (produced in the mid 90's), won't accept CAP grommets... which is unfortunate, since many were sold with those crap*y brittle white grommets.
     
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    can other brand racquet with the same beam width install cap gormmet???
     
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  4. dantespark33

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    some people say that a tfight can but there has been no proof so far
     
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  5. dantespark33

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    there are also some people saying you can cap an nblade and kblade,
    that is false, the last mains for the wilson is lower than that on the the radicals and prestiges, in short you cannot cap a blade
     
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    head classic tour 660, i guess could be capped with original prestige 660 or MG Prestige team grommets (or Prestige fxp team???)

    plus, you mentioned all the MP's but are not the mid's too?

    ps: just remembered the TI.Pro Tour... its the same mould than the pro tour (just made of crappy ti.stuff)
     
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  7. dantespark33

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    yeah there are some more midplus ones too, i havnet worked up a full ist because head made a bunch of rackets for europe that use cap grommets and i'm having a hard time find those out
    i know there is the head tour lite, head tour extra long, and the other one, it was a white racket
     
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  8. psp2

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    Your contribution to this topic is appreciated, but I must disagree with the bolded portion above.

    First, a heat gun is not necessary. CAP grommets can be installed with bare hands and an awl. If you have a heat gun, then it will HELP, but it's not a necessity.

    I highly advise anyone trying to install CAPs start at the shoulder. 5T and 6T grommets are the longest and will need to be inserted FIRST. CAPs will finish easily at the 12 o'clock.

    I also recommend that you use Scotch tape to tape down the CAPs to the frame as you move upward. This method will keep the CAPs from popping back out as you seat more and more grommets into the holes.
     
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  9. Chauvalito

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    Thanks to the OP for this thread, it is much needed, as the number of grommets and rackets available for capping is large.

    I don't plan on capping a racket anytime soon, but I have capped one of my volkl's in the past. It was an interesting experiment.
     
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  10. dantespark33

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    how well did it work?

    and to psp2:
    i just find it easier to put in the caps when the grommets are flexier
    i've never tried installing not at the 12 o clock i'll try it on my next racket and see how much easier it is
    i will say the bad thing about the heat gun/blow dryer, i've burnt my fingers a few times so i started wearing socks on my hands, yes i know it look ridiculous, but i pretend that i'm having asock puppet party :)
     
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  11. Blank

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    Hi Bud, how about Comp Pro?
     
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  12. ChuDat

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    can the kblade tour or prostaff rok 93 be capped with prestige mid caps? both are 93 sq. and 18x20
     
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  13. ChuDat

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    I would try capping a 325(not the Vo2), only problem is I don't have the 325.
     
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  14. dantespark33

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    yes you can there was a thread with pics of one
    i think it was in the for sale section
     
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  15. Bud

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    Perhaps... the best thing to do is try it. The Tecnifibre TF 320/335 18x20 may accept CAP grommets.
     
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  16. ChuDat

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    The 320/335 are 97 sq. while the prestige mp is 98sq. So I believe it wont work
     
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  17. Bud

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    Agreed. :)
     
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    That sounds like a challenge... :lol:

    I'll try it right now and report back.
     
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  19. dantespark33

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    if you succed in it i will mail you a pack of fundip :)

    plsu upadte on list and fixing some of the how to cap segment
     
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    I just compared the two racquets and the grommet patterns are slightly different (especially near the bridge/throat).

    I don't see it working :)
     
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    upadted!

    psp2 i added your way to install caps note how it is number 1 :)
     
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  22. Deuce

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    I believe it is actually called the Tour Xtra Long - for those looking for it. Nice racquet.
    Same paint scheme as the Pro Tour 280, but green replaces the blue.

    The Trisys 270 also came in a 600 sq. cm. version
    600 sq. cm. 18x20 Head racquets will take the Prestige Mid CAPs.

    Also, I believe that the the Ti. Classic is the regular mold/string pattern of Head 630 sq. cm. frames (like the Pro Tour 280, Ti. Pro Tour, Radicals, etc.) - and thus will take the MidPlus CAPs.
     
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  23. hlkimfung

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    LM and FP Radical MP is not able to be capped, the ridges bump out at 4 and 8

    Definately not LM, FP, MG grommet can cap

    Maybe I-Prestige grommet can cap, since the cap end at 4 and 8, haven't try it though
     
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  24. Deuce

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    All you need is an exacto knife and about 3 to 5 minutes.

    You have to be careful where you cut the 'CAP part' - but once you know where to cut, it's pretty easy.
     
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  25. MichaelChang

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    are these 3 able to be capped using the regular prestige Mid caps?
    I have a Trisys 270 Mid and I know its beam is thicker (at least 1 or 2mm thicker) than a PC600.
     
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  26. dantespark33

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    these are 102 rackets
    i'm not sure about the mid, but a few posts up soemone said you'd be able to
     
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    i'm not really sure what you're trying to say, but i think you're saying that the LM and FXP radical MP can't be capped

    i have 6 liquidmetal radicals 4 of them are capped with microgel grommets and one of them is capped with i.prestige grommets
    and i have 2 flexpoint radicals one of them is capped with fxp pretige grommets
     
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    my mistake, i read a while ago they were 102 head size, bu that was the bay so i got bad info, just checked and you are correct sir
     
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  29. jcstennis

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    i have microwaved my grommets before to heat/soften them up... no need burning fingers with a heat gun! :)

    great thread guys! much appreciated!
     
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  30. dantespark33

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    haha microwaving, i never thought of that before
     
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  31. hlkimfung

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    so do you also cut the grommet to fit on the racquet?
     
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  32. dantespark33

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    they don't need to be cut, i ll go take pictures right now
     
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    here is a pic of an uncapped and a capped liquidmetal radical, you can see that the grommets end in relatively the same place, the microgel grommets are just a few millimeters longer (yes millimeters)
    [​IMG]

    here is a pic of the grommet strips ending for i.prestige grommets, FXP prestige grommets (the non shiny orange one), and microgel grommets, the i.prestige and microgel grommets are both on liquidmetal radicals, and the FXP prestige grommets are on a FXP radical
    [​IMG]

    here is a pic of the sides of the rackets, note they are not all lined up
    [​IMG]
     
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  34. retrowagen

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    The Elite and Elektra Pros must have the full-length CAP trimmed to be strung properly.
     
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  35. hlkimfung

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    thanks for the pic, dantespark33!

    so does the cap leave the gap between the plastic and the orange edge? or it'll merge onto the edge and form the ridge on the gap grommet itself?

    btw what's the blue string there? Bab Pro Hurriance or blue gear?
     
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    in your opinion, which one is a better fit for the LM Radical? LM Prestige MP grommet or MG Prestige MP Grommet?
     
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  37. dantespark33

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    they pretty much just merge, there isn't really a gap i tried to stick my fingernail under the grommets, and i couldnt get it under, so it is pretty much merged

    the liquidmetal and microgel grommets are pretty much the same thing, the only difference i can think of right now is a possible few grams of difference in weight, but i stick with the microgel because that is what is on most of the rackets
     
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  38. dantespark33

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    have any o the tfight peopl esuccesfully capped their racket?
     
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  39. forehand2theface

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    would it be possible to cap a k blade if you cut off the last one or two grommets and put a normal grommet strip there?
     
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  40. Gimmick

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    I capped a Tfight 325. It looked so much like a prestige I thought for sure it was identical. It turns out its close but not identical. The Tfight has a section of special grommets near the sweet spot that are a little smaller and require some reaming and grommet sanding to fit properly. I still thought they were the same, then I got to the top and between 6H and 7H there was a larger gap that could not be spanned without cutting the caps to allow an extra 1/8" of space. There's also a problem of the tie-off holes not being the same so the string pattern has to accomodate an adjusted tie-off. It took me about 3-4 hours to make them fit and string it. In the end I wonderered why in the world I had wasted my time, other than to have the pivilage of writing this paragraph.
     
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  41. LafayetteHitter

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    Don't forget you can cap a G-starr as well.
     
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  42. MichaelChang

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    This just shows the spirit of many of users here on this forum. Once one started then a whole group following. :)

    I still do not think CAP-ing all the rackets is the way to go. You gonna consider the weight balance and CAP-ing has to be done on a racket to racket basis.

    After saying this, I still yet to see if anyone could CAP the Red Star. LOL:) Any CAP experts has done that?
     
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  43. m1stuhxsp4rk5

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    have any pictures?
     
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  44. dantespark33

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    whoops, made mistake, ignore this post
     
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  45. MagPro

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    I want to cap my LM Rad MP and add a leather grip. Do you think the balance will even out close to stock? Is TW the best place for the grommet? I just need to order the MG Prestige MP Grommet. Is it fairly easy to install. Does it need any modifications? Thanks.
     
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  46. Gimmick

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    Not yet, I'm waiting for the inevitable poster who says it can't be done and I'm making it up. Then I might have to post pics. Until then the time dial-up takes to upload will be motivation enough to refrain.
     
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  47. dantespark33

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    no modification needed
    i have that exact set up on 4 LM radicals they play fine
    and it is pretty easy to install with an awl and it is flexible from heating
     
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  48. matchmaker

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    The iprestige grommets are not CAP'ed all the way, the bottem grommets are accessible. Does that make them any easier to string? Is there any difference in material in comparison with the original PC 600 grommets. BTW does anyone know where to get the original brownish grommets?
     
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  49. Aggro

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    Got my I.Radical and my LM Tour capped aswell Heres some pics . . .

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
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  50. Bud

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    Head Tour XL

    Yes, I have a couple for sale right now with CAP grommets installed on them :)

    Head Tour XL - 3/8 CAPped:
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=232044
    http://picasaweb.google.com/sbinsdca...No3GripForSale#

    Head Tour XL - 5/8 CAPped:
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=232045
    http://picasaweb.google.com/sbinsdca...No5GripForSale#
     
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