Removing bumper, will i have to fill the holes?

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  1. morten

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    or not so important..? Also, how many grams is, say the bumper on a mw 200g?
     
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  2. TennisAsAlways

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    If you want to find out how much it weighs you can just remove it and weigh it.
     
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  3. morten

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    racket is strung
     
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  4. TennisAsAlways

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    ^If the bumper weight falls within a range that you would want to get rid of, you would have to remove the strings anyways in order to remove the bumper, and so you mind as well remove it to find out how much it weighs. That's what I meant.
     
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  5. TennisAsAlways

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    ^ I know what your reply will be:

    "I don't want to cut the strings if the bumper weight is not relevant and so that's why I am asking so that I can avoid wasting the strings."

    Well let me answer your reply (The reply I made up for you, to save you some time.):

    Just cough up some cash.
     
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  6. morten

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    I dont want to cut the strings if.... lol
    Thanks.
     
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  7. morten

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    can i just remove it and string again? (holes)
     
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  8. TennisAsAlways

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    I've never heard of it ever being possible to remove the holes. :confused:
     
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    Thats a good one, ever considered your own talkshow? I mean will i need plastic grommets or something IN the holes, to protect the strings.
     
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    Are you using ProKennex rackets? Some of them have option whether to put the bumper or not.
     
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    not pro k.....
     
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    If you remove the bumperguard/grommet then the strings will break when you restring it. A better alternative is to cut the bumper part and leave the grommets intact.
     
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  13. TennisAsAlways

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    There are a few options. I'll name a couple. You can just cut out each individual grommet. A more convenient way would be to just trim off strips of the bumper along both sides and so what you should end up with is a more narrow bumper (obviously you won't remove asmuch mass with this method). If you do decide to trim away the bumper, I would weigh it first. Then I would go with the second approach that I have described. If it's still too heavy, then resort to the first approach. It's just like what barbers say, "you can always cut more but you can't take back what you've already cut".
     
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    I don't think Morten is looking to replace the bumper but to remove some or all of it in order to decrease swing weight.....right Morten???
     
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    right...........
     
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    Invest in a 5 pound weight, lift itrepeatedly for, say, 10 to 15 minutes, 3 or 4 times a day, for two weeks...

    ... after which, your little plastic bumper will weigh exactly 0 grams.
     
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  18. morten

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    can i trim bumper without cutting the strings? That would be great btw.
     
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  19. TennisAsAlways

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    You can but it would be a pain to do it that way. It may be difficult to end up with nice even edges if you do it that way. Easiet way is to just plan on having a string change and then do the bumper work. This is why it's nice to have multiple racquets. This seems like a case whereas you probably don't want to have to restring it because you would have to wait a while to get it back and you don't want to be without a racquet.........right Morten?
     
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  20. Deuce

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    By the way - if you cut or remove the bumper, your racquet will get very scratched up while playing.

    Having read through the thread, I felt someone had to provide this essential, if obvious, information.
     
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