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Recently acquired a near mint condition Yonex Ultimum RD Ti80 but it's got a L5 grip. Which is HUGE for me. Would want to get it down to an L3. What's the best approach for this to be accurate and even all around?
Use the drill press like a milling machine. You will need a flat end/end cutting burr. The 1/2" diameter ones are inexpensive butI don’t own one but I have access to one. What you thinking?
I try a TK82 or TK82S or maybe a Volkl pallet.Are you referring to R P N Y pallets or a specific brand pallet?
Cut them with a razor knife down the top and bottom bevels then pry them off. I’ve done it on Wilson and Tecnifibre rackets with 1 piece molded pallets.I can't recall ever seeing a Yonex racquet with a pallet. Somebody here has experience removing injected urethane foam handles? What is the best way to do that?
Interesting. Will give that a try.Cut them with a razor knife down the top and bottom bevels then pry them off. I’ve done it on Wilson and Tecnifibre rackets with 1 piece molded pallets.
Both the Head and Volkl pallets fit on my Tecnifibre so I would assume the hairpin on the Yonex frames are smaller. You could make some expansion adhesive by mixing Gorilla glue and water to fill the void.Meanwhile, I just measured the hairpin on a Yonex RDX 300 and it was 22.62 x 18.49mm. I don't have any Head or Volkl hairpins handy, but both a Head and Volkl pallet seem to be a good deal wider than needed.
Just wanted to emphasize what stood out for me in the original post.but it's got a L5 grip. Which is HUGE for me. Would want to get it down to an L3. What's the best approach for this to be accurate and even all around?
That's a good approach. I do like the current shape of the VCORE 98 Galaxy. Might try to mirror that one.Just wanted to emphasize what stood out for me in the original post.
The accurate way to do this is to take a handle you do like and measure it with a caliper.
Your will end up with measurements like this:
Then measure the handle you want to modify. It will be something like this:
Getting to the first set of measurements from the second with accuracy is I think better done with cutting tools than sanding blocks. My 2 cents....
You could try Alpha.Sandpaper.
Get the right grit. Sand down each bevel. Dust off. Go again. Rotate.
Count how many passes you do on each bevel. Make sure you use a fresh area of the sandpaper each time. Grip it and see how you like it until comfortable. Damp a cloth or rag and go over the handle. Wait a few minutes. Rewrap grip.
I made the mistake of just palming the sandpaper and twisting the racquet. It works alright! Ended up with what felt like gripping a baseball bat. Perfectly rounded. No bevels.
Basically went from 5/8 down to about 1/4 grip. I had to make small adjustments after as it shifted the balance to more head heavy.
Did this on 2 Ncode Tour 90's. I thought I ruined the racquets but I actually liked it. The rounded grip allowed my wrist to roll over naturally when I hit a shot. Wish I still had them. Someone actually bought them even after heavily modified like that.
I sent them to a company in Alabama called RacquetMaxx to see if they could change the handles back. But they said it would be very costly and I would have to order like 500 or 1000 grips of the same mould. They couldn't just make the 2 I needed.
If you are going to do this by hand, this is the best way. I still don't recommend it, unless you are a decently skilled craftsmanThe simplest and cheapest solution is to carefully file the handle to size on all 8 surfaces, if you are skilled in craftsmanship. For this you need a sliding caliper, some fine sandpaper and a sharp model making rasp.
I have no idea what you mean.you r in trouble because Yonex grip sizes are bigger than stated too. Do gpu need to shave something like 2 to 3 mm of all 6 sides, which is impossible to do accurate of you arent a professional carpenter. Better sell it and buy a smaller one.