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    Most durable tape for duffalo bar to save j cups?

    Is there any type of tape I can find to hold up beyond one workout?

    The duffalo bar killed my pendlay j cups, I was able to find someone to cut me some bread plastic and find a extra set of j cups but don't want to keep replacing so I started taping the outer knurling of the duffalo that I don't need which lies on the j cups. It's saving the knurling and is actually keeping the bar in place better during setup.



    The tape gets ripped after every session. Anything more durable that will last a bit longer or is this something I'll just have to fool with every workout?

    Maybe just place microfiber towels in the j cups while using the bar? I love the bar but wish they made some universally compatible j cups with the curve. My j cups can't be places ajar like some can

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    I thought I was the only one here to tape my squat bar lol. I do it to protect my beloved Mech6 Monolift. I used medical fabric tape. Have you tried black Gorilla duct tape?
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    I'm using micropore surgical tape, don't even remember ordering it but that's what I had here so been using it

    3m Micropore Surgical Tape 2" x 10 Yards with Dispenser (Pack of 2) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ICF3TG2..._zjOwAbN17FDYD
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    Definitely not the paper tape. I’m trying to find the type I used and it worked well under heavy use.
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    why not take the sleeves off the bar and install pieces of pvc that sleeve the bar where it comes into contact with the rack?
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    Originally Posted by lsi1 View Post
    why not take the sleeves off the bar and install pieces of pvc that sleeve the bar where it comes into contact with the rack?
    Great idea. Especially if your bar has snap rings... But, it may prove difficult to keep them in place while unracking/racking the bar. Unless you added some collars to keep them in place.

    Conversely, retention/roll pins might be a PITA because they may require a little more work to drive out. I’ll give them a couple love taps with a punch and hammer and see if they pop out.
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    Originally Posted by keyboardworkout View Post
    HVAC foil tape?
    I have this stuff too but I don’t think the adhesive is all that great. But, I’ve never tried it on any barbells.
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    Originally Posted by Nebamartinez View Post
    I thought I was the only one here to tape my squat bar lol. I do it to protect my beloved Mech6 Monolift. I used medical fabric tape. Have you tried black Gorilla duct tape?
    Definitely not the only one, I've posted a bunch of stuff about this in the past.

    OP: first of all, DO NOT just wrap tape around the bar.

    It'll get into the knurl and soil it. It'll be hard to remove later. Use something like a piece of paper wrapped several times over or an index card around the bar and then tape around THAT.

    I would recommend using black Gorilla Tape. I used electrical tape in the past and it lasts for a few months then starts tearing up.

    Last but not least, make sure you wrap the tape in a direction such that when you spin the bar in the J-hooks the tape doesn't want to unwind.

    I'd post up the pics I posted previously, but photobucket pics no longer work.

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    Originally Posted by CharlottePT View Post
    Is there any type of tape I can find to hold up beyond one workout?

    The duffalo bar killed my pendlay j cups, I was able to find someone to cut me some bread plastic and find a extra set of j cups but don't want to keep replacing so I started taping the outer knurling of the duffalo that I don't need which lies on the j cups. It's saving the knurling and is actually keeping the bar in place better during setup.



    The tape gets ripped after every session. Anything more durable that will last a bit longer or is this something I'll just have to fool with every workout?

    Maybe just place microfiber towels in the j cups while using the bar? I love the bar but wish they made some universally compatible j cups with the curve. My j cups can't be places ajar like some can

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    The huge flaw with this bar...doesn't fit into any standard rack! It's why my Buffalo Bar gets more work as of late. Will probably use it more again as soon as I have someone build me a new set of offset Jcups.
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    If you could find someone who can build custom j-cups (wish mech would still), I'd go in that direction. The duffalo bar does not fit well into most j-cups & it's a royal pain in the behind.
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    Originally Posted by eddiegoodfellar View Post
    Cloth = more friction
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    Tape is never really going to do it. Get some Tygon tubing (clear flexible durable plastic) in an inside diameter to match your bar. And get some heat-shrinkable tubing in a size to fit over the Tygon tubing. Slice the Tygon tubing lengthwise and slip over the right spot on the bars. Remove the sleeves and slide the heat-shrinkable tubing over the Tygon and then heat with a hair dryer to shrink it and lock everything in place. If you don't want to remove the sleeves, get some heat-shrinkable tape and do the same. Alternatively, use a couple stainless steel zipties (available at most electrical suppliers including larger Home Depots).
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    Is the tape listed here the best options to keep my duffalo bar from rolling and sliding on my mech monos?
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