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Old 05-19-2009, 04:16 PM   #1
Noah Martin
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Can you help me identify this bar?

So today was a pretty crazy day for me.

I came across some local bumper plates for sale today.

This is a BIG anomaly for where I live.
Buying bumper plates new is a huge fiasco let alone finding them listed used. So I called assuming they would be gone but they weren't. I drove about 25 minutes and was shocked at what I found.

8 count em, 8 hi-temp 45lb bumpers. A bunch are "promaxima bumpers by hi-temp"

There was also a promaxima weight rack which I may go back to get.

There were no other bumpers except 45lb. This lady explained her husband was a big heavy lifter.

They also had another 600 pounds of steel weight (mostly 45's and 35's)

Anyways, I bought all 8. The deal was too insane to pass up. In fact, I can't even say how much I paid. It was an amazing deal.

But then she brought out the bar and for an extra $14 bucks I got the bar........

Not sure which bar it is but seems pretty good. A little bit of rust in the ends but overall pretty solid. A good heavy bar, no bend... very straight but I'm not sure what it is? It seems like a decent quality bar....

Is there anything I should do to the bar to get it into tip-top shape or make sure it's good to go?

Maybe you can tell by the photo?

Does it matter? I guess I was just trying to figure out what exactly I got...


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Old 05-19-2009, 07:45 PM   #2
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Re: Can you help me identify this bar?

Awesome Job Noah on getting those plates. The bar tends to look like your typical generic Sports Authority, Dicks, etc bar that comes with your standard 300 lb weight set. The hex bolts in the end seem to point to you typical generic cheap bar that comes with those sets. If you take the widest part of the bar and unscrew it, it will reveal the bearing which typical in these bars looks like a plastic sleeve. You don't have to unscrew the bolt just the wide part of the sleeve. If you see that its a plastic insert then its a cheap bar probably made in China.
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Old 05-20-2009, 05:09 AM   #3
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Awesome Job Noah on getting those plates. The bar tends to look like your typical generic Sports Authority, Dicks, etc bar that comes with your standard 300 lb weight set. The hex bolts in the end seem to point to you typical generic cheap bar that comes with those sets. If you take the widest part of the bar and unscrew it, it will reveal the bearing which typical in these bars looks like a plastic sleeve. You don't have to unscrew the bolt just the wide part of the sleeve. If you see that its a plastic insert then its a cheap bar probably made in China.

That's what I was thinking maybe. It just seems way heavier duty then anything I've ever seen at those stores.

I dont understand where I would unscrew it but I'll take a look.
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Old 05-20-2009, 05:36 AM   #4
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Re: Can you help me identify this bar?

Noah the neck of the collars on the cheaper bars will usually unscrew. Noah I attached pictures I point to the part of the bar that unscrews and the other pic shows the plastic bearing I was talking about.
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Old 05-20-2009, 05:56 AM   #5
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Re: Can you help me identify this bar?

I agree with Todd here. Looks pretty much like a bar I recently bought, which is a Chinese no-name bar that the importer usually puts their own name on. The quality is OK for most crossfit use, but I'm not sure if I'd recommend it for doing very heavy squatting. My plan is to use this bar for metcons, but I'm heading to the gym with eleiko equipment when going heavy.

Also, the bar I received was very off-balance. Luckily the company i ordered from is serious, so they're sending me a replacement sleeve (Total weight was 15% off). I wouldn't buy this used without either checking that it's balanced by hand or unscrewing and weighing the sleeves separately. But I'd say $14 is quite a good deal!

By the way, the easiest way to separate the parts is to place it on the floor, stick a hex key (mine is 12mm, 1/2 inch is just a tad too big) in the bolt and pin it to the floor with your foot. Grab the knurled part of the bar with both hands and twist it loose.
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Old 05-20-2009, 06:07 AM   #6
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Re: Can you help me identify this bar?

Just a quick note to avoid confusion: My instructions for unscrewing won't work for a bar like the one Todd posted pictures of. For the type I have, the whole collar/sleeve is uncrewed, they don't separate into two parts.
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Old 05-20-2009, 06:23 AM   #7
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Re: Can you help me identify this bar?

Might be a "CAP" bar, I'm sure it will work fine for you for quite awhile.
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:46 AM   #8
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Re: Can you help me identify this bar?

It's funny.
The guy only owned 45lb plates. Not sure why so many 45lbs.

8 45lb plates and about 15 45lb iron plates......I will take a better look at the bar today.
The bar seems very straight.

Either way I'm about to order a Rogue bar but for the price I took this one.
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:58 AM   #9
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Re: Can you help me identify this bar?

The Rogue bar is awesome. You'll love it.
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Old 05-20-2009, 08:13 AM   #10
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The Rogue bar is awesome. You'll love it.
That's what I keep hearing.
Now i don't need any 45lb bumpers though!
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