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    I've read different treads on the subject here and on AT. What do the #'s mean? 5L, 5H, 4L... I read on one post that the letter means L-low, M-med, H-high. I have 5L on my 09 Cheetah 55-70 DW 29 DL. Does anyone really know how the number-letter system works?

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    The combination of a number and a letter gives you the information about the limb deflection. With Elite Archery you have a number of three digits, with Martin you have this combination.

    Each combination is possible and each combination leads to a different draw weight on one bow. But 5L on a cheetah for 70lbs do not mean that you can get 70lbs with a 5L limb out of a MOAB and so on.

    Every number stands for a step of 5 lbs upwards or downwards.
    This means:
    4 - 65 lbs max
    5 - 70 lbs max
    6 - 75 lbs max

    Every letter stands for a difference of 2-3 lbs.
    This means:
    5L - 70 lbs max
    5M ~ 72 lbs max
    5H ~ 75 lbs max
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    Quote Originally Posted by Montalaar View Post
    The combination of a number and a letter gives you the information about the limb deflection. With Elite Archery you have a number of three digits, with Martin you have this combination.

    Each combination is possible and each combination leads to a different draw weight on one bow. But 5L on a cheetah for 70lbs do not mean that you can get 70lbs with a 5L limb out of a MOAB and so on.

    Every number stands for a step of 10 lbs upwards or downwards.
    This means:
    4 - 65 lbs max
    5 - 70 lbs max
    6 - 75 lbs max

    Every letter stands for a difference of 2-3 lbs.
    This means:
    5L - 70 lbs max
    5M ~ 72 lbs max
    5H ~ 75 lbs max
    5 lbs. not 10 lbs.

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    Sure.

    As you can see it was just a mistype in the sentence. The example is still right.
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    Now it makes sense. This should be a sticky!

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    So if I wanted to order 60# max limbs for my Cheetah I would ask for 3L right? And would I need to change anything else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montalaar View Post
    Sure.

    As you can see it was just a mistype in the sentence. The example is still right.
    Absolutely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomad59 View Post
    So if I wanted to order 60# max limbs for my Cheetah I would ask for 3L right? And would I need to change anything else?
    Nothing else to change. Just the limbs.
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    So, what would it mean to switch out 2H limbs on a 08 LH Martin Firecat to 6L limbs from an 08 Martin Leopard and could it be done?

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    No reason why it couldn't be done. Use the math you've been shown here. Your 5L limbs are 55-70. 6L limbs would be a 5# step up so the bow would become 60-75#.
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