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    Default Serving around idler wheel

    I'm wondering why there's no serving on the idler wheel portion of the factory strings on Bengals. I'm thinking of getting a new string made and need advice on whether I should ask them to do it...concerned about wear.

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    If you haven't had any abnormal wear on the current string, I wouldn't have the new one served. The bow was designed to not have the string served there, so there may be a fit problem if it is. The string may be too wide for the idler if it is served. Also, having that area served will also drop your speed a little. Nothing significant, but it will a little. I have an "08 Moab that is still on the factory strings with no signs of string wear over the idler wheel. If you have had wear problems, a good string maker should be able to tell you if there will be clearance problems with the idler wheel.
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    There is no great benefit to having the idler served. But there is a benefit without it served, a few more fps. Also the grooves in the idlers are deeper and wider and the string rides better.




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    Default A note of minor caution

    Some bows (not aware that any are Martin) have transverse grooves on the idler. Since it easy to see that there is some amount of "slip" between the string and idler, there may be a risk of string damage if those models were not served.

    Since I happen to have one like that, I can't help to but wonder why. It's obvious that even on this model there is movement between the string and the idler. Seems that the efficiency of the bow would be improved if the grooves were not there. Why accelerate the idler any more than needed? Of course, I've entertained the idiea of polishing the grooves out of existence, but, alas, I'm pretty lazy and have done nothing about it.

    In any case, I'd have to go with replacing like with like.

    Best of luck to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broken Arrow View Post
    I'm wondering why there's no serving on the idler wheel portion of the factory strings on Bengals..
    Cost cutting?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hutch~n~Son Archery View Post
    There is no great benefit to having the idler served.
    I'd say protecting the string from wear on a idler is pretty important. The groove finish as well as the angles that the string comes off at can chew through a string. But yes it does add some weight but I'd rather protect the strands and loose a couple of fps.
    Last edited by Destroyer; 05-15-2011 at 04:14 PM.

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    Mine isnt served either and as i said in a previous post,i was told by joel there is no need to have it served or where the CCs is too.I cant remember what i was told but you can search for the thread,make sence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broken Arrow View Post
    I'm wondering why there's no serving on the idler wheel portion of the factory strings on Bengals. I'm thinking of getting a new string made and need advice on whether I should ask them to do it...concerned about wear.
    hmm thats a bit weird.my 2010 bengal and my buddys 2009 bengal are both served at the idler wheel.

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    what year bengals are we talking about, cause i had the factory string replaced last year and my bow guy put serving on the idler wheel. I shot a 10 bengal btw
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    My 2010 Bengal is not served at the idler wheel.

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    '08 Cheetah...served
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