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    Hey Martin Family!

    I own a 2013 Martin Pantera and to say I have had issues with it is an understatement. I wont bore everyone with the past and am hoping to gain some insight into the present issues. I had to fit the bow with a set of Barnsdale limbs. Once we did that most of the issues went away. The bow shot 50% better with the new limbs and I had no further issues. Until now. There is an audible "CLICK" every 2nd or 3rd time I draw back the bow. I am fearful there is a defect somewhere undetectable with the naked eye. I do most of my tuning and setup myself and have for 15 years so I am comfortable working on it. I'm fearful because a similar "CLICK" could be heard one month after I got the bow. That time the upper limb had split for no reason and became the first time I had to deal with limb failure with Martin. After the 3rd set (yes third set) we finally put on the custom made limbs and there were as I said no further issues. To help diagnose here is some more info: it only makes the click when I BEGIN to draw the bow back. It only does it when DRAWING the bow. ( if i draw and let down there is no click)
    Other than that there are no MAJOR problems. The finish on the bow is terrible. It's cosmetic and I was told by Martin there would be a fee to dip it again which I dont understand or agree with at all. The bow is not 9 months old and much of the camo finish is worn off the handle.
    I bought another Martin because I believed in this company. I carried a Martin through the mountains of Colorado for over 10 years and never ONCE did I have an isse with it and the camo is still in terrific shape. The quality of their bows certainly took a dive and I would never have bought it had I known that. I sincerely hope the new team there can turn things around and if anyone else out there owns a Pantera I would love to hear from you here or at my email MatthewJLandis@aol.com

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    Did you relube the limb pockets when you installed the new limbs? I had a Firecat do the exact same thing you are describing. Tore it down, lubed it up, and no problems since.
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    X2 to the above. I think that just might be the problem.

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    x3 on the lube. I had a pantera 2012 same bow as u and never had an issue all year with it now my brother has it and still no issue but I feel ya on the limb situation as I had 3 failures on a 2011 silencer sometimes I think there is more to blame than the limbs maybe the roto cup angle was off on the riser or somethin but since then Ive had 5 other martins 2012z and no limb issues yet and I shoot alot almost every day rain or shine just makes me feel good to shoot.
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    Welcome to the site. I am sorry you are having those problems. Only 9 months old, I think they should re-dip it for nothing. But if they are using the same process, the issue might repeat. Their reply to re-dip for a fee is the kind of reply that is not going to engender brand loyalty.
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    Limb pockets and roto cups for sure would be the first place to check. My Cheetah was making a little bit of a noise on draw and it turned out that my cable rod set screws had come loose a little, so the rod is what was causing the noise. Check the pockets/cups and then all hardware for sure.
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    On the other hand I had the same issue witha Pantera. I replaced lube and Martin even sent new limb pockets. It was the bottom cam bearing. Martin set a new cam bottom and wala.
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    Wow, this all seems like so much trouble to put up with. What happened to a good product right out of the box? Lots of little issues it seems like. I would hate that if I paid my good money for something. Just saying.
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    If the click started when the new limbs were installed, I would look for a fitment issue at the roto cup. the finish on the new limbs may be a bit thicker causing the limbs to stick slightly during the draw cycle, then once they reach a certain point they move causing the click, Seen this a few times when limbs were replaced.

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    Limb bolts. Loosen, lube, and retighten. Had same issue.

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