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  1. #1
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    How much can you cut off a Al pole?

    Since I seem to only ask the JONGest of questions:

    I can get my hands on a cheap pair of aluminum poles but they are way too long. I mean they're probably at least 10 inches too long.

    I know you can pop the handle off and shorten poles, but what's the rule of thumb for how much can be chopped off?

    I'm sure it doesn't fucking matter, but I reckon all the handles from a company are the same size, and I'm guessing all the poles come from the same billet. It stands to reason then that (without measuring), you'd have to cut down really close to the basket to have the handle not fit. But I thought I'd ask just in case someone has fucked around with this and screwed up a set of poles.

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    As long as the pole doesn't change diameter along its length, you could cut it wherever you want.

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    It’d probably be better to shim your bindings up 10” than risk ruining your poles....


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    Quote Originally Posted by nickwm21 View Post
    It’d probably be better to shim your bindings up 10” than risk ruining your poles....
    Truth.
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    the situation strikes me as WAY too much drama at this point

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    What color are they? Are there robots on them?
    No longer stuck.

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    Just an uneducated guess.

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    You’re gonna die.
    And I guess that I just don't know

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    OP, 10" might be pushing it. As a rule of thumb, never cut off more than 18% of the running length of the pole (between the basket and the base of the hilt). This is because during manufacturing, tensile strength is reinforced using a spiral fiber weave which actually becomes weaker the shorter the pole is, ok why are you still reading this.

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    I've heard that wearing bigger gloves will make the pole look smaller. Or something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mall walker View Post
    OP, 10" might be pushing it. As a rule of thumb, never cut off more than 18% of the running length of the pole (between the basket and the base of the hilt). This is because during manufacturing, tensile strength is reinforced using a spiral fiber weave which actually becomes weaker the shorter the pole is, ok why are you still reading this.
    LMAO
    No longer stuck.

    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    Just an uneducated guess.

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    You got two options really, one is to remove the baskets. When you pole plant they will sink in 8 to 10 inches. Or option two: remove 10 inches from the middle of the pole. This way you don’t have to mess with the baskets or the grips.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nickwm21 View Post
    It’d probably be better to shim your bindings up 10” than risk ruining your poles....
    Fuck. I can only find 8" shims.
    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    What color are they? Are there robots on them?
    They've got flames and airbrushed dragons. And before you ask, they are not for sale.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jason4 View Post
    I've heard that wearing bigger gloves will make the pole look smaller. Or something like that.
    My gloves are pretty big. I'll just measure from the bottom instead of the top to correct for that.
    Quote Originally Posted by El Kanone View Post
    You got two options really, one is to remove the baskets. When you pole plant they will sink in 8 to 10 inches. Or option two: remove 10 inches from the middle of the pole. This way you don’t have to mess with the baskets or the grips.
    Finally, a simple answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CS2-6 View Post
    Fuck. I can only find 8" shims.
    8 inch binding shims plus 2 inch boot sole blocks and yer DONE!

    Another problem solved by the fine folks here at TGR.
    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    the situation strikes me as WAY too much drama at this point

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    Well, looks like op got himself sorted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toast2266 View Post
    Well, looks like op got himself sorted
    Yup. Now I can shred and dunk on your ass.
    Last edited by CS2-6; 01-05-2019 at 12:53 AM.

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