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Old 09-08-2012, 11:31 AM   #1
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Dumb Bar Question

I recently purchased a new 6 foot, 22 lb. Olympic bar from Play It Again sports. I also purchased from Rogue 2 10 lb. bumper plates. I was able to get one of the plates on the bar, although the fit was tight and it took some doing. The other plate is 2 inches on the bar and I cannot move it any further - either on or off. What am I missing here?
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:19 PM   #2
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Re: Dumb Bar Question

Should have bought a better bar.
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:31 PM   #3
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Yeah. Sometimes the specs on super cheap bars can be off. I think the reasons are: 1) Cheap steel so they have to beef it up a little. Ever notice that cheap bars are so much thicker than good ones? and 2) Just ****ty craftsmanship (if it can be called that).
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Old 09-08-2012, 01:27 PM   #4
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Should have bought a better bar.
This^^

I have 5 oly bars and the sleeve diameter varies quite a bit from to the next. One of them is so large on the ends that I can't even compress any of my spring-type clamps enough to get them to go on.

On the bright side, cheap plates generally have larger holes, so if you decide to keep the bar you can just buy cheaper plates to go with it.
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Old 09-08-2012, 03:37 PM   #5
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Fair enough on the cheap bar assessment. Any ideas for how I might work with it and these plates? It seems that it's not too far off, so some steel wool? Have any of you done anything that works? Thanks.
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Old 09-08-2012, 03:54 PM   #6
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Re: Dumb Bar Question

This is by no means a recommendation, but I know some gyms continue to use Hi-Temp 10s after the insert comes out. It is very thin metal, so it usually just means the plate does not sit as nicely/tightly on the bar.

Again, wouldn't say that I recommend it, but if you are dead set on keeping the bar and plates & can figure out how to get the insert out - the plate would definitely fit on the bar then!
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Old 09-08-2012, 04:59 PM   #7
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You can't exchange the bar for a different one? With cheapos just getting a different bar might make a difference. Take a plate in and try to put it on a few different bars and see if it makes a difference.
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Old 09-08-2012, 05:32 PM   #8
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Women's Oly bar is 2010mm long (6.6 ft). Buy a real Oly bar.
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Old 09-08-2012, 05:59 PM   #9
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Women's Oly bar is 2010mm long (6.6 ft). Buy a real Oly bar.
Uhhhh....OP's name is Joan? Maybe a women's bar isn't so wrong?

OP do it now or do it later after much frustration, but the eventual outcome is that you're going to get a better bar.

Worst case maybe dremel out the insert a bit but you'll regret that when you eventually get a better bar.

Just my $0.02
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:25 PM   #10
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I recently purchased a new 6 foot, 22 lb. Olympic bar from Play It Again sports. I also purchased from Rogue 2 10 lb. bumper plates. I was able to get one of the plates on the bar, although the fit was tight and it took some doing. The other plate is 2 inches on the bar and I cannot move it any further - either on or off. What am I missing here?
If this bar was really new, then take the durned thing back. There's no excuse for someone selling you a bar that won't even accept a standard Olympic plate.

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