yamaha secret 04 question

retrowagen

Hall of Fame
The bumper could indeed be removed, and individual grommets fitted in its place. On one of my Secret 04’s, I inadvertently removed the neomilitary rough matte grey finish, down to bare carbon finish. Not sure how many mg’s of weight that removed, but certainly it’s worth something, but short of that, what else could one remove?
 

retrowagen

Hall of Fame
The 04 is an interesting frame to sample. I don’t often play mine, but I concluded that it plays best (in my humble opinion) with a string that’s as inherently “soft” and “dead” as possible. I arrived at Leoina 66 15-ga at 55 pounds tension.
 

Grieeegoorr

Rookie
That’s not a massive amount to shave, as you know the Secret 04 is built like a tank. If you have one where the rubberised finish is starting to remove itself (i.e. one that is not in pristine condition), I think you could easily sand 10g off the whole racquet above the grip without detriment to the frames integrity. @teachingprotx has done some great work in this area, much of it documented on these boards, he seems to be a genuine lovely fellow so I’m sure he would happily consult on how far you could go.
 

Ultra 2

Professional
I should have saved pics of mine where I removed the old grey puffy paint with aircraft stripper. You have to be careful and have denatured alcohol on hand to remove the stripper as soon it starts working. Once done, you’ll see how well these frames were made by the straight directional weaves of the carbon fiber.

yamaha should have just clear coated the Finish. Weight savings, no idea. The RF97 plays very close, and it’s slightly lighter strung.
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Not sure if I posted this question before.......................anyone crack their Secret or Gosen 04?
 

Ultra 2

Professional
I did on a hard low volley at 3 o’clock. Could have sworn that I cracked it at the time but couldn’t tell. Strung it many times at 65lb tension and it was fine. It wasn’t until I stripped the paint that I discovered the hairline crack.
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
I did on a hard low volley at 3 o’clock. Could have sworn that I cracked it at the time but couldn’t tell. Strung it many times at 65lb tension and it was fine. It wasn’t until I stripped the paint that I discovered the hairline crack.
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Know a player who kept cracking his Secret. Finally received a replacement and chose to sell it. Back to the Profile
 
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