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Old 02-16-2011, 03:17 PM
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Bingo on that point,

I was just thinking on all the rods I own and many that I have had and sold. Lots of brands but never one of the kind that generated this thread.

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Bingo on that point,

I was just thinking on all the rods I own and many that I have had and sold. Lots of brands but never one of the kind that generated this thread.

I wish I could sell some. I feel like I'm amputating a limb when I think about selling a rod. I just let them pile up.
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i don't know anything about rod building but is it possible to cut the affected rings off with a razor and split the new ones in half then glue them on? seems to me like the glue joint would be just as strong as it is between the 2 sections, thats if they wont warranty it.
It works fine. I repaired several grips that way. If you cut away any more than the cork you are removing, you will have gaps. Generally the fit is snug enough.

Of course some wood filler can fix that. You'd be surprised how many companies make up for poor quality cork with wood filler.
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It works fine. I repaired several grips that way. If you cut away any more than the cork you are removing, you will have gaps. Generally the fit is snug enough.

Of course some wood filler can fix that. You'd be surprised how many companies make up for poor quality cork with wood filler.
TFO has the worst cork I've ever seen on a fly rod. Wood filler up the wazoo!
For what Winston wants, see how much your local rod builder would do it for. Or if you did it yourself, and you screw it up, you can Always wrap it in rattan.
Here's one
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And this is flamed
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Both using the cheapest cork I could get.
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Default Re: How much $ to replace a Cork handle?

Try this. And it lasts about 2 seasons. Go down to a sporting goods store and buy some "Sports Tape" I have used Cramer. It doesn't have glue and adhears to itself. I have built up my wifes grip with it to fit her palm better.

I bet it will lock everything in place. And if you are "Styling" you can get it in all colors like Bright Green, Pink and Black.

I use white.

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PS...It is sad to see Winston do what they did to you. In this day and age I would think they would keep customers and good PR at the front of their customer service.. in this case customer NOservice
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Try this. And it lasts about 2 seasons. Go down to a sporting goods store and buy some "Sports Tape" I have used Cramer. It doesn't have glue and adhears to itself. I have built up my wifes grip with it to fit her palm better.

I bet it will lock everything in place. And if you are "Styling" you can get it in all colors like Bright Green, Pink and Black.

I use white.

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PS...It is sad to see Winston do what they did to you. In this day and age I would think they would keep customers and good PR at the front of their customer service.. in this case customer NOservice
Not that I am all that vain, but unless I'm in an emergency situation, I'd rather not resort to using tape to hold it together. It looks like I'm gonna fish with it for now, and attempt a repair, or pay for a repair if it becomes really necessary to do something...

I still haven't exhausted my attempts at getting Winston to fix it yet. I have not said one way or the other if I was the original owner, I just explained the problem and asked what had to be done to fix it. The rep's response "If you are the original owner, 50 shipping and processing covers it, if not 150, plus the shipping and processing charge will fix it". Essentially $200 if I am not the original owner.

Anyone got any suggestions on how to work this, and maybe get them to fix it for the warranty charge of $50? I assume that if the rod is registered to someone else, then I'm SOL. If it was never registered I might get them to do it for me if I play it right.

And yes; TFO is a great company. A friend of mine, stepped on his rod falling over a guard rail. It went from his post office, replaced, and returned in 8 days; for $25 NO FAULT!
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Good looking grips Mojo

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You shouldn't be charged $25. It is faulty workmanship. That is the problem with these lifetime warranties - it isn't a warranty if you paying to repair manufacturer's defects.
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Good looking grips Mojo

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You shouldn't be charged $25. It is faulty workmanship. That is the problem with these lifetime warranties - it isn't a warranty if you paying to repair manufacturer's defects.
I wouldn't say that any of my TFO grips have been pretty, but I've never had any bad enough to send back.

I see what you are saying about the "warranty" charges. If they make junk, they shouldn't be able to get you for 25 to fix it, and that is the cheapest of all companies "warranty repair, service/shipping" charge.

On a positive note, when I bought my A3; there was an issue with the furrelle being a little jagged and not sanded nicely. They fixed it, waived the warranty claim, waived return shipping, and prepaid a UPS pick-up for me to get it fixed. They answered e-mails the same day, and the fix and both trips only took about two weeks. TOP NOTCH.
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