You could easily cut the locking part down with a hacksaw or cutoff wheel. I’d suggest cutting it to a taper so it would align itself.That's exactly what I was worried about.
I wonder if you could cut the oar right portion down to 1" or less. It looks like it's just the piece of the collar that is cut out of the top of the oar-right.
I see how that could happen with the new style.I bought some last year and didn't run the oar right portion. Seemed to work okay but I made it less than a mile into the SF Salmon and the sleeves started getting gouged so I could no longer feather. I was continually cutting away portions several times a day as more sleeve would get gouged and bunch up in the lock. I called the owner and he sent me some more sleeves and I plan to try again. I'll probably try to sand down the edges of the plastic lock but really wish he would build these as a solid donut without the oar right cut out or size them for regular plastic sleeves that would be much tougher.
Definitely not a problem with the install- heat shrink was super tight and uniform. Are you running the oar rite? If so, I'd expect you wouldn't have any problems.I probably have 500 miles on my sleeves and they look good as new... im trying to think of what would off caused your problem. Perhaps not heat shrank tight enough?
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Hmm, maybe I'll try again. I mentioned that I thought they would be better as just a full circle without the oar rite cut out if that was an option and he didn't seem interested. Thanks for the heads up. I'm used to having to take the blade off anyway with the posi lockers.I see how that could happen with the new style.
Call Dan and have some full circle ones sent to you. I have several sets like this. The full capture is sweet. Tell him Neff sent you.
You guys feel like having to take the blade off to change an oar isn't a big deal?Hmm, maybe I'll try again. I mentioned that I thought they would be better as just a full circle without the oar rite cut out if that was an option and he didn't seem interested. Thanks for the heads up. I'm used to having to take the blade off anyway with the posi lockers.
May as well sand all the corners down while you’re at it just because. I know Dan makes them at his shop as of now. If they were mass produced I’d imagine there would be a tumbling or blasting process to soften the corners. I still think they are the best and most of us can do some minor tweaks to dial them in for our specific needs. We reweld the post to U connection before sending them out. I recommend doing the same. That’s the place I’ve seen them fail. In a fishing application they are fine but when your shit is upside down and getting hammered that weld joint takes a lot of stress. PM if you’re in my neighborhood and I’ll hook a buzzard up with a quick re weld.Thanks for confirming that.