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    I recently purchased a 2008 Cheetah unaware that year Cheetah is not rated for a 30'' draw. I need to obtain a 30'' draw at min. Any ideas? New cam and idler, hybrid cam, anything? Thanks ahead of time.

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    The best you could do with it is move the string to the #2 peg on you cam, which will make it a 29 1/2" draw length. Put an 1" D-loop on it, which will allow your hand to anchor farther back.

    I hate to say this, but if it still isn't long enough, the best thing you could do is get a different bow, because changing the cam and idler isn't worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arrow Splitter View Post
    which will make it a 29 1/2" draw length.
    If you need longer you should be able to get a little more out of the cam by putting a few more twists in the cable and/or a longer string. You will have to watch that you don't rotate the cam too much though.

    It really depends on what you need, 30" including d-loop or 30" plus d-loop?

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    Thanks for the info so far. Hope to get some time to tear into it this weekend. I'll be able to make do with a 30'' draw and a loop so that will be what i try to get out of her. Will post the outcome: hopefully positive. Any other ideas feel free to chime in.

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    You'll have to be careful if you start twisting and untwisting the string and cables, because if you change the amount of twists too much, ATA, BH, DW, etc. will be messed up.
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    Technical Specifications

    Speed: 315-320 FPS (70#, 30”, 350 gr.)
    Let-Off: 80% (optional 65%)
    Draw Weights: 50#, 60#, 70#
    Draw Lengths: 24”-29”
    Brace Height: 7”
    Weight: 4.1 lbs.
    Axle Length: 30.5”


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    So this is the tech specs I keep seeing for this bow. Anyone have input on this, 315-320 FPS (70#, 30”, 350 gr.)?
    I'm waiting on a reply from the actually Martin Tech team on this info. I understand what the numbers mean but where would they get these results if a 30'' draw is not possible for the 2008 model?

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    OK, the best (and quickest) way to get this cleared up is to call Martin, and ask for Joel. He should be able to tell you exactly what DL your bow goes to. Martin is slow at answering emails.
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    Changing the string to the number 2 post is supposed to reduce the craw by 1/2" if I remember right. Furthermore, for the OP, the Cheetah is adevrtised with a draw length of 29" on the long end as you already know. If you need it longer then do some actual measuring. It's possible that it already draws longer than 29". Most bows do. You can do a little twisting of the cables and/or untwisting of the string to fudge it a little, but go too far and you'll experience more noise and vibration from the bow. Also too many twists taken from the string will give terrible peep rotation.

    You can do a little twisting/untwisting as I mentioned, use a longer string loop as AS mentioned. Maybe extend your release a little. These are mostly bandaids and if you really NEED a longer draw bow then that's what I'd suggest ditching the Cheetah and getting a longer bow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hancock24_7 View Post
    I understand what the numbers mean but where would they get these results if a 30'' draw is not possible for the 2008 model?
    Its just the IBO specifications. They could have calculated it from 29" or made one up that went 30". It depends on how they test the bows, we have no idea about that.

    Btw, does the module (on the cam) have f-7 on it? If it does then its 29" max. 2010 cheetah went to 30" according to the tech specs.

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    Hey Barry, I believe the Mpo cam is different. The cam only has 2 pegs on it, and the number 2 increases the draw by half an inch. At least this is the way mine was.



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