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My pins are getting chewed by the clips. Rather than going with PVC over the bolt, I was thinking about UHMW. Will the oar will pop off the pin more due to the self lube nature of UHMW? I guess I can close the clip a little bit. Curious what other peoples experiences are with a UHMW pin?


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I have never used UHMW for pins and clips. I like the stainless steel sleeves that come on the Cascade pins and clips, as you said the NRS ones tend to get chewed up. I use Pins and Clips for big water and open oar locks in smaller technical water. Cascade Outfitters Whitewater Rafting Equipment: Thole Pin, (1) Maybe they could just sell you the sleeve better than switching out sleeves all the time because they are chewed up.
 

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I have used UHMW on my clips, they work great! I will be replacing them this season but they have 6 years on them and a lot of miles. The Cascade pins are not the same size as NRS (much smaller od) I had mine made in a machine shop. The od was a little larger than the 3/4 electrical conduit NRS provides. Nice fit makes them very quit & smooth. Delron works well also.
 

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One thing that I was looking at to replace the pvc on my pins was ABS pipe instead of PVC. I have been told it is stronger by the people of Home Depot. Whatever you end up doing report back with your results becaue I too will be replaceing mine in the next season or so.
 
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