I haven’t had to replace silicone pads much on my yo-yos to date, probably because I have a ton and I don’t play any individual one anywhere close enough to wear them out. As they say, variety is the spice of life!
I do however have one favorite deep state that I play a lot and its response was getting kinda weird. So I pulled the silicone stickers out with some precision tweezers (highly recommend these, by the way, also good for knot extraction if you don’t want to unscrew the yo-yo) …
… and I replaced them with some other 19mm silicone pad stickers I had lying around, but they were less thick and more recessed than the old pads. There was a visible “indent” in the response groove with those new pads installed, they were nowhere near flush with the interior of the yoyo body. As a result I think the response suffered.
After playing around with that Deep State more for a day or two, I was unhappy about the situation. I rooted around in my stuff and found some different 19mm silicone pad stickers and they were indeed thicker. I replaced them and … all better.
So that got me wondering: I think the yoyo industry has roughly standardized on 19mm silicone response pad stickers (for the majority of c bearing, unresponsive yoyos)… nobody really messes with flowable silicone any more at scale … but is there a standard 19mm silicone response pad thickness as well?
I also have the Confusion here, can’t say enough great things about that yo-yo! It is of course a smaller bearing and different response sticker diameter, but it ships stock with the “thick” responsive orange silicone pad stickers that poke out a bit from the response recess groove… and comes with an extra set of “thin” white response pads (and a wide bearing) for people that want to play more unresponsive. This also made me wonder couldn’t you adjust bind snappiness on an unresponsive yo-yo by sticking thinner or thicker response pads in?
Here’s a pic of the optional white “thin” pads installed on a Confusion GT, versus the stock “thick” pads on a Confusion.
You see what I mean about silicone response pads being flush, versus poking out a bit… or even being recessed! Do companies intentionally ship silicone response pads in a choice of thicknesses so you can “tune” the bind snappiness of an unresponsive yo-yo?