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Old 05-28-2012, 03:09 PM   #1
Erik Knudsen
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cannot slide plates onto the bar easily

Fellas -

One side of my bar does not readily 'accept' the plates. That is to say it's very hard to slide the plates on. The 10 lb and 25 lb plates go on OK, but the 35 and 45s are very difficult.

I bought this bar from someone else. I have no idea if it is slightly bent and/or slightly deformed on one side (perhaps it was dropped?).

I did try sanding it down with sand paper (fairly fine grit) and I borrowed a dremel tool and tried grinding that one side down as best I could. I also put on some grease and all of the above helped a little bit.

The other side of the bar is OK - it seems that all of the plates go on fine. So it's not the grommet in the plates.

Any ideas or suggestions?

thanks,
Erik
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:17 PM   #2
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Re: cannot slide plates onto the bar easily

Honestly, and I don't mean to be a smarta$$....but look at getting a new bar. Seriously.
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:20 PM   #3
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Re: cannot slide plates onto the bar easily

Erik,

Any idea of the brand of bar? And the plates? If they go on one side and not the other, seems the bar is the problem rather than the plates (although it could be a plate issue, just far less probable). I would say your simplest option would be a new bar, not sure of a home tool that could easily take a bit of steel off the bar.
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:27 PM   #4
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Re: cannot slide plates onto the bar easily

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Erik,

Any idea of the brand of bar? And the plates? If they go on one side and not the other, seems the bar is the problem rather than the plates (although it could be a plate issue, just far less probable). I would say your simplest option would be a new bar, not sure of a home tool that could easily take a bit of steel off the bar.
No idea on the bar brand. Plates appear to be made by Wright if I had to guess.

If I had an angle grinder, that might do the trick. I'd hate to purchase a new bar unless renting or borrowing a tool costs a lot more money. A bar will set me back $200-$300 I'd imagine.
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