View Full Version : firecat noise???

05-05-2008, 12:26 PM
I shot the firecat this past weekend and loved it. But I heard a loud noise when I released the arrow. Sounded like a loud thud. Is this normal and could it be corrected? I was think about getting one to hunt with but I'm not wld about the noise.

05-05-2008, 05:32 PM
could it have been the string hitting the string supressor??

05-05-2008, 06:39 PM
Good point. While they are designed to supress noise, they can be tuned for different results, or so I have heard. Try different lengths away from the string, and experiment a little.

05-07-2008, 06:27 AM
Sounds to me that the cams ar NOT rotated properly. The Cat cams are very nice to draw and pretty Quiet once timmed correctly.

06-25-2009, 02:05 PM
Has anyone else had this noise? I just received my firecat pro-x 2009 yesterday and I seem to be having the same problem. I shoot and a lound "THUNK" is heard. I have adjusted the sts and the cams are timed correctly. Do I need to get my cams rotated or something?

06-26-2009, 02:19 PM
Noone else have this problem? Martin seems to be really busy today and has not called me back from yesterday. Hope I didn't get a lemon, but it seems to be pointing in that direction.:confused:

06-26-2009, 03:24 PM
Try some shots without the STS and if the noise is gone you'll have an answer, if not ....i don't know, visit your dealer or a pro shop.

06-26-2009, 03:27 PM
Thanks for the reply Alex. Unfortunately I have done this already with no luck. Same noise with a different resonence. Two bow shops have looked at it with no answers. Guess I will have to wait for martins response.

06-26-2009, 08:05 PM
are you shooting it with a stabilizer or not , martin seems to need the stabilizer to focus the engery out of the bow , also could it be a rest or maybe to light of arrows>?

06-26-2009, 08:26 PM
Check your cams for paint transfer from the limbs. I have the same noise and I have found the source, but I have yet to find a solution. It seems that after the bow is fired and the cams come back to the resting position, the top cam is being torqued and is hitting up against the limb. There is a small mark on my cam where it is hitting the limb. It isn't scraping along the cam so I have come to the conclusion that it is hitting after the cams return to the resting position.

06-27-2009, 03:32 PM
Well the arrows might be barely on the light side for setting it at 70lbs. I have 330 grain arrows with the tips, but It is still just as loud at 60lbs. As for the rest there is no way it could make this noise. I have checked my limbs to see if the cams are hitting but it doesnt seems to be a problem. The only thing I have noticed is the serving around the cams when loaded are starting to wear already. Almost look like there are gettin cut. Could be slappin against the cable guide when fired?

06-27-2009, 03:33 PM
O and ya I am usuing a stabalizer, but doesnt help one bit.

06-29-2009, 09:05 PM
I have a 2008 Firecat and have the same problem without a solution. Has anyone found a way to solve this issue ? Has Martin tech weighed in on the problem ? Thanks for your help.

06-30-2009, 10:22 AM
bownut, i had this problem with my 09 Bengal, i found by holding string 1/16th -1/8" from the STS and using the Sims X-COIL stabilizer it suppresed that noise. I also had string leeches and after removing them found no noticeable noise difference either. I have the M2 Pro cam though so maybe that's helped as well?

06-30-2009, 10:25 AM
i would place your sts 1/16" inch away, or just enough that if you put a card, (from a deck of cards), in there, it would just barely hold onto it, so its a little snug. Adding Bowjax to your limbs or limbsavers would help as well, as would string leaches.:)

07-02-2009, 09:02 AM
I think 330 grains is to light. In my experience, the closer you get to the line the louder things get. My 60lb firecat is very quiet with 368 grains.

07-06-2009, 07:37 AM
i dont have any noise like that but yet im shooting 500 grain arrows:D

07-07-2009, 07:48 PM
I found my 2008 firecat a little loud to shoot too. I played with the cam timing and the sts for some time. Seems to improve a little bit when the sts has a little distance from the string. Still trying to find other ways to make it quieter.

07-28-2009, 11:56 AM
Well I sent my bow in and got it back, but they didn't do anything to it. Took it to my local bow shop and the expert there told me its just bow noise and is fine in his opinion. Also found out my arrows are 361grains not 330 that I thought. That all being said it still has a thunk to it when I shoot, BUT if you have someone stand ten yards in front and off to the side of you all you can hear is the arrow wizz bye at 291fps at 70lbs. :) I guess from the prey's perspective they arnt gonna hear anything but the wind from the arrow.

08-13-2009, 05:48 PM
i just set one up today and on the shot it it makes a noise that sounds like something is loose. cant find anything loose so i started removing accessories, i'm down to bare bow and rest(it's tight) and noise is still there. any suggestions?

08-13-2009, 06:22 PM
Nothing beats good ol' "cat whiskers". :cool:

08-14-2009, 08:50 AM
make sure the module screws are tight, the sts set screw is tight and every other little thing that could come loose is tight...