There’s a few mod ideas I would like to perform on my dragonfly. I know I could just get a different yoyo but I would rather try modding for the fun of it. Here’s a list of the mods I would like to do on it. I don’t know if they are all possible but they’re just ideas.
-Make it heavier
-Make it wider
-Get a substitution for the cork pads (I don’t know if this would help so could someone tell me if it would?)
-And possibly make some cool new caps (any ideas?)
You could try weight rings (did it to mine, was pretty beefy) to give it a little more meat. As far as the cork pads go, I’m not sure but maybe flowable silicone? Is the pocket deep enough or would it rip right out? Mine still has its cork pads. Widening it…maybe the beefcake mod but you’ll need some thin spacers for it (Beefcaking is when you use 2 bearings next to each other to widen the gap but in turn, will need thinner spacers to make it work).
Cap-wise, if you know the diameter of the caps, have access to a high quality printer, and can get a hold of really heavy paper (heavier than cardstock, or maybe double up/glue 2 layers together) then you can design your own caps and print them. Never tried it before however.
Heavier - pop off the caps, put something in them to add weight (I forget what people have used before, but they said it worked well. I’ll try to find it again. some kind of tubing)
wider - not sure about this one. You could try beefcaking it. You might need a longer axle though if you’re gonna do this. and even then, that’s just going to widen the gap, possibly making it too wide for the response to work.
substitute response - I replaced the cork pads in mine with silicone the day I bought it. It works decently. The recess is deep enough so the silicone won’t just rip out. The only problem though is the shape of the recess is kind of… well, you can see the shape of the cork pad. What I did was just put in silicone how I would normally with a circular recess, and ignored the inner non round part.
new caps - this would be pretty easy. I don’t remember if the caps are just paper behind a plastic disc, but if so, just print out a design, cut it to size, and put in in place of the dragonfly design.
If there’s no plastic disc, then cut out whatever design you’d like and laminate it, and put them in place of the old ones. Presumably some kind of card stock would be best for this.
Well everything came today except for the weight rings that I ordered from a different site.
Weight- don’t have the weight rings yet
Width- I couldn’t really change that because different spacers would cause the string to occasionally slip in the small gap and when I would beefcake it with a longer axle it would become responsive and have a lot of vibe so I don’t know if I’m doing that right. (could some one tell me how please?)
Well the only thing I’m going to be doing right now is siliconing it. I’m also putting a center trac bearing in but that’s it until tomorrow or friday. Whenever the weight rings come. And I still don’t know what I’m going to do about the caps.
That sounds cool. I’m really new to modding yoyos. This is actually my first one I’ve attempted doing a lot on. I can’t really do anything with machinery because I don’t have it and wouldn’t even be allowed to use it if I did.
Have the right good tools and everything helps, but you don’t need any of that to do some great mods. Even just a lathe bit and a Dremel can get you some good stuff, if you want to recess. But Satin’s and everything don’t need machines, just some sandpaper and time!
Just research properly into everything your doing. I’ve rushed into mods before and just borked the yoyo. Take your time and make something your proud of.
I just got the weight rings and they fit PERFECTLY. Now I just have to wait for the silicone to cure and then I’ll put in the center trac and see how it plays. Then all I have to do is the caps. I’m thinking of putting some extra stickers I have on them.