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jimbo333 04-16-2013 12:09 AM

DUNLOP MAX400i - Definitive List of the different versions with PHOTOS
 
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)







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.

jimbo333 04-16-2013 12:11 AM

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.






jimbo333 04-16-2013 03:43 AM

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:)





Yes, that is 2055 grams!

Which is 4 lbs and 8 1/2 ounces!

jimbo333 04-16-2013 04:20 AM

Some close-up photos of the Max400i Mid-production racket, you can see the metal alloy still in the racket.






vsbabolat 04-16-2013 05:55 AM

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.

max 04-16-2013 06:29 AM

The midproduction thing is really neat to see. Thanks for taking the time to put this up! :)

jimbo333 04-16-2013 08:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vsbabolat (Post 7346559)
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.

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!

jimbo333 04-16-2013 09:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by max (Post 7346626)
The midproduction thing is really neat to see. Thanks for taking the time to put this up! :)

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:)

vsbabolat 04-16-2013 11:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jimbo333 (Post 7346833)
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!

I never saw that later cosmetic before. After 1989 it was not offered on this side of the pond.

jimbo333 04-16-2013 01:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vsbabolat (Post 7347296)
I never saw that later cosmetic before. After 1989 it was not offered on this side of the pond.

Thanks, I think it will probably be 1990 then, I'm going to change it.

MarrratSafin 04-16-2013 03:47 PM

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:

jimbo333 04-17-2013 01:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MarrratSafin (Post 7347739)
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:

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.

jimbo333 04-17-2013 01:58 AM

Here is a close-up photo of the 2 rare Glossy Teal/Orange versions from 1990.


MarrratSafin 04-17-2013 02:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jimbo333 (Post 7348293)
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.

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:

joe sch 04-17-2013 04:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jimbo333 (Post 7348336)
Here is a close-up photo of the 2 rare Glossy Teal/Orange versions from 1990.


I have a max 200g teal models that look very similar.
Styling pair a rackets to show off and play !

max 04-17-2013 04:38 AM

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.

jimbo333 04-17-2013 05:46 AM

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


jimbo333 04-17-2013 05:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MarrratSafin (Post 7348364)
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:

Well I think you'll find one, now you know about it, but it may take a few months as they are rare!

jimbo333 04-17-2013 06:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joe sch (Post 7348495)
I have a max 200g teal models that look very similar.
Styling pair a rackets to show off and play !

These actually look better than the photos, they are very bright!

jimbo333 04-17-2013 06:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by max (Post 7348510)
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.

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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