View Full Version : Modifying a Predator shaft?

02-25-2004, 12:14 PM
I met a guy recently who said that he likes to take his predator shafts and remove the ferrule and fill the empty space inside the shaft with some kind of material (expandable foam?) and then replace the ferrule and it gives him a stiffer and in his opinion a better hit.
Has anyone heard of anything like that?

Cueless Joey
02-25-2004, 12:47 PM
My local repairman has repaired a few.
Pred's ferrules are way too soft. They break often.
The ferrule barely has a tenon ( unthreaded). He threads a maple dowel inside so he can use and threaded and capped ferrule that should last forever.
It does change the hit. It will have more deflection b/c it becomes heavier and harder. But, it will have a more solid hit so one will probably have better speed control b/c of it. It also voids the warranty.
If he likes the pie-shaped laminated shaft, he should just buy a stock one from Dominiak and get it ferruled to his liking.

02-25-2004, 12:57 PM
When the 314 first came out a local cue repair guy destroyed a 314 shaft replacing a ferrule. Due to the thin wall of the ferrule and the hollow end you need to be extremely careful. But your reason for putting one in the lathe to insert a dowel is confusing. Why don't you just sell it and get a traditional shaft. It's hollow for a reason, reduce the end mass and reduce squirt.

Paul Mon~~~~~314 junkie

02-26-2004, 10:11 AM
Yeah it really defeats the purpose of having a 314 shaft to begin with. Yes the ferrul is soft but it had to be to reduce mass in the end of the stick. That is why you should only use an authorised predator repair person or send it to predator direct to have these things fixed. Any alterations to the shaft also voids your warranty.