Let’s say you have a fairly narrow yo-yo with a modern ~5mm wide gap … and you want to play it fully responsive. Your first hurdle is that a “real” responsive would have a narrow gap.
Some people say you can achieve proper responsive play on a wide gap yoyo using one or more of the following:
- thick lubing the existing wide C bearing
- double or triple wrapping the string
- using an extra fat string
I’m not super convinced doing this works as well as what is, in my opinion, the proper solution:
- replacing the wide C bearing with a narrow C bearing
… because that effectively narrows the gap.
However, you may have to dremel away some of the axle post if the post is high enough to prevent the yoyo from screwing together with a narrow C bearing installed. I’ve done this a few times; it’s a bit messy but it works.
So, in the interests of experimentation, on the Resto I am skipping the dremel step this time … and experimenting with the thick lube / double wrap / fat string technique to see if I can get it to feel right as a responsive with a wide gap.
So far I’m… not sure… but it’s not looking good. My main beef is that the thick lube inevitably breaks down in play and you’re left with a wide gap that can’t bind well. Plus, to me, a wide gap just never seems to bind nice and tight like a narrow gap does, no matter how many times you wrap the string?
I dunno. Have you ever converted a wide gap unresponsive to a responsive, as an experiment? How did you feel about it?