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Selden Slider
Two weeks ago I did something I said I would never do.....buy a Bear T/D.  Well it arrived today.  2018 in brand new condition.  Black Maple "A" riser with black #3 limbs, 60", 45#@28".  

As I assembled the bow I noticed the limbs rattling in their sockets.  Not happy!  Gave Darren a call and he said it's nothing.  That when strung it will tighten up.  I strung the bow and sure enough it's solid with no vibration when plucking the string.  Tomorrow I will bring it to the range to shoot and I will evaluate it for real.  I'm hoping for the best.

I really don't like the rattling but I've heard about putting moleskin on the limbs to tighten it up.  I will see how it performs tomorrow and go from there.

Anyone having more advice is welcome to post their solutions.

Thanks,

Frank Click image for larger version - Name: 2018 Bear TD 001.jpg, Views: 24, Size: 153.94 KB
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Deno
Good Luck with that great lookin' bow Frank!!  Good shootin' tomorrow.

Deno
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steelflight
Nice bow. Even the improbable happens. It seems.
You may think before you act the question is do you listen to your own counsel.
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David Mitchell
I love my Bear TD and the little bit of rattle when unstrung does not bother me at all since it is totally quiet when strung and I'm shooting it.  Have you heard how much rattle there can be in ILF set ups when unstrung?[frown]
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Selden Slider
Thanks fellas.  

I know nothing of ILF's nor know anyone who shoots one.  I had no idea they rattled too.  In fact I didn't know the Bear rattled.  As long as it's quiet when shot I'll be happy.  Frank
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Orion
Congrats on your new bow.  All Bear TDs don't rattle.  In fact, most don't.  But it's not uncommon to not have a perfect fit, which it has to be for it to not rattle.  Bear's been making Kodiak TDs for almost 50 years now, and all the risers and limbs are interchangeable.  Some fit better than others, but that's quite an accomplishment.

And, yes, depending on how much play is in the fit, can usually be fixed with a little judicious use of moleskin.  Sometime small felt pads placed under the butts of the limbs will produce a tight fit. Really not difficult to tighten them up, but as others have said, the bow is usually quiet when strung and shot.  
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timking
Congrats Frank!

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Clydebow
They only rattle if you shake them![smile]
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Tom M
I use a thim piece of foam I have from packing dishes when we moved here. Got a roll at Home Depot. I just cut a small piece and lay it in the socket and put limb on it then clamp down the latch. It provides a tight fit and prevents that “first arrow creek” Bear TD ‘s can have. Annoying little noises can come from the limb locator screws (studs) and the holes they fit in limbs. I use some string wax to solve that. I used to remove the screws but that’s not a good idea and subject for another post.
Now let’s talk strings. IMO if that string is D-97 get rid of it and move on to one of the newer FF strings. I prefer BCYX as it doesn’t stretch in our Az. summer heat. That D-97 stuff drove me crazy years ago.
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Sun City, Az. by way of San Diego, Ca. Bear TD's Wes Wallace Royal LB, ILF risers and various limbs, Vintage Works 1962 Kodiak reproduction made to my specs

I hunt public land.
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Orion
I dunno, Tom.  I've been using D-97 for a number of years, including on my Bear TDs without a problem.  I make my own strings and do stretch them in the process.  Once shot in, I've found them to be very stable.  Of course, I don't live in the extremely warm temperatures that you may encounter.  
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Tom M
My experience with D-97 was noise. I was preparing for a Elk hunt, tuning in my broadheads and shafts. Bow was noisy, tried beaver balls, cat whiskers nothing worked. On a fluke I put on a B-50 string that came with the bow. Wow, no more noise with just a set of whiskers. So my friend made up a string using one of the 81.. materials. It was a quiet as the B-50. D-97 works OK on my LB but agian I have moved on to more modern materials.
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Sun City, Az. by way of San Diego, Ca. Bear TD's Wes Wallace Royal LB, ILF risers and various limbs, Vintage Works 1962 Kodiak reproduction made to my specs

I hunt public land.
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Orion
I agree on the noise.  D-97 is definitely higher pitched than dacron, but I usually manage to quiet enough for my needs with wooly whispers.  It seems quieter on my TDs than it does on my longbows.  Go figure.  It's the only low-stretch material I have so haven't been able to compare it to some of the newer stuff that's out there.  

Given the cost of the low stretch fibers, I'm going to try to use up what I have before trying something new.  Have heard good things about a couple of other materials though.
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Rocky
Frank, very common and not a problem. Everything should be ok, Congrats on the bow.
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Selden Slider
Thanks Rock.

Tom, I did as you suggested and put a thin piece of packing foam under the limbs.  That eliminated the rattle.  I'm off to the club to try it out.  Frank
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Selden Slider
Back from the range and I'm glad to say I'm quite pleased with its performance.  I wish I knew how to transfer pics from my cell to the laptop.  One round I had 3 arrows touching in the blue ring and one line cutter between red and yellow.  Luckily no arrows were damaged.  No big deal as I roll my own.  Frank
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Orion
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Tom M
Slider, outstanding!!! You will if not already get bit by the Bear bug.
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Sun City, Az. by way of San Diego, Ca. Bear TD's Wes Wallace Royal LB, ILF risers and various limbs, Vintage Works 1962 Kodiak reproduction made to my specs

I hunt public land.
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Selden Slider
Nah.  I've had several Bears over the years, Grizzlys, Kodiak Mags, Kodiak Hunters none ever did it for me.  I've heard the T/D's had their problems but at the same time they have a huge following.  I always wondered why.  Well curiosity finally got the best of me but unlike the cat I survived.  Frank
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silverarrow
Frank, congrats on your new bow!
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Dryad/ACS Orion 53#
Great Northern Fireball JK 54#
Northern Mist American TD 51#
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fdp
  They are good bows. I still have my dads Magnesium riser and limbs that he bought in the '70's. I ought to get it out and get it shooting again.
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