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    danfaz is offline Senior Member
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    Default Olympic Bar Worth Repairing?

    Hey guys,

    Somebody at my apartment complex chucked an Olympic bar & a bunch of weights.

    The bar seems ok, but has some wobble on both sleeves. Can't tell who makes the bar, but it has a hex bolt at the end (read somewhere that means cheap bar).

    I'm assuming the bearings are trashed & need to be replaced. Do you think it would be worth fixing, or should I just save up for a new bar??

    Any advice would be appreciated.

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    Depends on how much you plan on lifting I guess. Maybe you could use it AND save up for a new one, and at least you have some weights now right.

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    It depends on what you want to do with the bar. Do you need it to rotate? If you are deadlifting or squatting, all that matters is that it holds together and holds the weights. Take it apart and have a look. Be prepared for the fact that are not bushings or bearings in most cheap bars- just plastic sleeves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DTris View Post
    Depends on how much you plan on lifting I guess.
    Quote Originally Posted by shmathews View Post
    It depends on what you want to do with the bar
    Just deadlifting...and not with much weight

    I'll take it apart and see what's inside. Thanks!

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    Unless you are doing touch and go reps and not the party approved controlled drop, the bar won't hold together. Those hex bolts suck and I never figured out how to tighten them so theyd stay. When you use the right size allen key (10mm is what I believe mine was) the bar turns as you tighten it. I kept the bar as a spare for pressing and such and bought a texas power bar.

    The plates are an awesome find my friend. I wish I could find some just laying around!

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    Quote Originally Posted by danfaz View Post
    Hey guys,

    Somebody at my apartment complex chucked an Olympic bar & a bunch of weights.

    The bar seems ok, but has some wobble on both sleeves. Can't tell who makes the bar, but it has a hex bolt at the end (read somewhere that means cheap bar).

    I'm assuming the bearings are trashed & need to be replaced. Do you think it would be worth fixing, or should I just save up for a new bar??

    Any advice would be appreciated.
    If it's straight, take it. You just saved about $150. There probably aren't bearings in there, just a bar and two plate holders. If you tighten the bolts, it won't be as wobbly. You don't even need an allen wrench, you can just push against the bolt and spin to tighten it.

    I have a cheap bar like that and it's working just fine for me. So far it's always returned back to it's original shape when it bends.
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    I don't mean to hijack this thread but since it's come up I may as well ask here what brand of bar people would recommend to someone just getting started in the olympic lifts. I just ordered 260 pounds in bumper plates from pendlay but held off on ordering a bar until I could find some impartial reviews. I know the eleiko bar and the schnell bars are considered the best but a grand is a bit steep for me right now. I'm using a cheap bar I got for $150 that fits the description of the one mentioned above and its fine for deadlifts and military presses but I'm concerned about it snapping when I drop it repeatedly during sets of the o lifts. I'd like to get something of high quality and not spend much over $400 bucks. Any advice would be welcome.

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    Karl F. Vorwerk is offline Senior Member
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    Use Loctite on the bolts and they won't unscrew themselves.

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    danfaz is offline Senior Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Berenbroick View Post
    If it's straight, take it. You just saved about $150.
    Yeah, it's straight, and you're right - saved me some cash regardless of what I'll use it for!

    **edit: just took it all apart - no bushings/bearings as Shmathews said, just a plastic sleeve. Cleaned everything up, and it's pretty nice. Will get some loctite, too!
    Last edited by danfaz; 05-17-2010 at 04:22 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karl F. Vorwerk View Post
    Use Loctite on the bolts and they won't unscrew themselves.
    That is what I did for my cheapo bar, and it works fine.

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