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Old 02-08-2011, 04:15 PM   #1
Grant Ifflander
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Mix and matching bumper plates on a bar

Hey guys , I was wondering if using different brand bumper plates on a barbell would cause damage beyond the normal wear and tear to either the barbell, the bumper plates, or both. Reason I ask is because I recently purchased the discontinued pendlay colored bumpers due to the smokin deal, and currently have 230 lbs of rogue hi temps. The pendlay bumpers are slightly larger in diameter and much thinner than the hi temps (the 55 lb pendlay is about the same diameter as the 25 lb hi temp) . I am lifting on a homemade platform using plywood and horse stall mats and an Eleiko training bar and routinely drop heavy snatches and clean and jerks from overhead (I am an olympic lifter) .

Will this difference in size damage my bar or bumpers? I am worried that it might. Thanks in advance for the replies.
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Old 02-08-2011, 04:31 PM   #2
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Re: Mix and matching bumper plates on a bar

As long as the larger diameter bumper is on the inside, it ought to be fine.
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:30 PM   #3
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Re: Mix and matching bumper plates on a bar

We've been doing it daily for going on three years with no problems whatsoever.
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:56 AM   #4
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Re: Mix and matching bumper plates on a bar

Yes, your bar will break instantly. You should sell it to me before it does. jk

What Brian said. It should be fine, but personally, I wouldn't. You'll probably break the bumpers before that bar though.
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Old 02-09-2011, 08:26 PM   #5
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Re: Mix and matching bumper plates on a bar

What kind of deal did you get on the Pendlay bumpers? I'm looking to buy more myself.
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Old 02-09-2011, 09:16 PM   #6
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Re: Mix and matching bumper plates on a bar

I have the same set-up with the Pendlay Econ's and Rogue Hi-Temps. I actually like the fact that the pendlay's are a smidge bigger. I always put them on the inside, then the other plates will slide on fairly easy, making weight changes a breeze. I have had zero problems dropping them mixed on the bar-going on a year now.
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