O rings

Discussion in 'Tools of the Trade' started by kennyg, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. kennyg

    kennyg Member

    During my attempt to make darts for VanO I noticed something that if no one else has pointed out I think that I should. Using O rings to hold your shafts and conversion points may not be the greatest idea. When making darts I check the concentricity of the threaded hole for the points and shaft by putting a point or shaft on the drilled billet and spinning it in the lathe. While doing this I put a shaft with an O ring on WOW did it make the shaft wobble, so tried it with a tip same thing only not quite as bad but still bad. In my opinion this maybe one of the things (maybe the worst) that could affect your darts flight not to mention it sticking ability that there is. Forgive me if this is a known fact already but they still sell O rings for this purpose. It's my opinion that a small dab of semi permanent thread locker would be much better. The nylon and plastic shafts probably don't need it.
     
  2. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    Agreed on the blue thread locker. That’s what I use exclusively. Tried Teflon tape and o rings before and scrapped them. Second best(in a pinch) is to use some of the plastic bags the flights/shafts come in
     
  3. kennyg

    kennyg Member

    I have always used aluminum shafts but now that I have used the plastic ones no going back.I have to thank VanO for this he sent me some while doing darts. I have also decided to pitch the spinners to as I found out the locking rings allow the flight to be released if you get a slider much better in my opinion.
     
  4. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    Don't use them but it's an interesting point
     
  5. zeeple

    zeeple Member

    I hear you. The reason I prefer nylon stems over aluminum is specifically for this reason. O rings or blue needs used to hold them on, but when I do use aluminum I use o rings regardless of their short comings. This is because I change stems and points like others change pants. The holy grail ain’t been found even after years and years of reconfiguring my many darts. For me, the joy in darts is the artifacts and the many, many different ways you can configure a dart. I’ll probably never square off against the power but fuck if I can’t make a pretty dart :)
     
  6. kennyg

    kennyg Member

    BTW zeeple read some of your blog very nice, and seeing the variety of darts is very helpful. I really liked seeing the older version of the tungsten core darts you have. I was aware that it was not new technology but not sure when it started. I hear you about pretty darts there is something kind of sexy about a sleek dressed out dart. Some boys like skinny girls some like fat others like them in between with lots of curves and so it goes with darts.
     
  7. zeeple

    zeeple Member

    Thanks!! After a five year hiatus I started up again. Looking back I find it incredible that there are almost 500 post going back 15 years. Where did the years go? I can tell you I spent the last almost 14 of them having adventures with my wife and dog.
     
  8. zeeple

    zeeple Member

    Oh, and totally agree the perfect day is as subjective as any other life preference. I think that's nice :)
     
  9. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    Zeeple. I guess you need ttompost in the “Are you a tinkerer?” thread too. Ha. I was changing a lot for a while and I like you have several if not more designs in the collection. They all need a slightly different configuration so, that’s may story and I’ll stick to it! :)
     
  10. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    Ahhh yes nylon shafts :D It's what's good and right in the dart world :D
     
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