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Old 01-12-2015, 10:11 AM
rapid_ascent rapid_ascent is offline
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The reinforcement sleeve or patch as Dan suggested seems to be the obvious solution. If only a Vans would do it we could stop all of this debate and get back to building. I'll probably do as Dan proposed.
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Old 07-12-2018, 03:16 PM
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I drilled a 3/8 inch hole just above the pivot point in the pilots stick for the very fat Infinity stick grip wire bundle. When I cut nearly 3 inches off the top of the stick I kept the excess material, sliced it in half vertically, cut it to shape and had it tig welded in place. One less thing to worry about.

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Old 07-12-2018, 08:47 PM
j-red j-red is offline
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That is such a better idea than a washer! I stressed about this very thing after reading threads about sticks breaking in half and toxic fumes from welding cad plated washers. I ended up just drilling the hole just below the grip itself and running the wire along the front of the stick. That way bending loads in the area it was drilled are minimal. I like your way better.
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