Duncan Metal Drifter modding??


#1

Anyone know how to make a Duncan Metal Driffter heavier?? Like adding more rim weight to it???

I’m thinking of buying one because they look so cool BUT I don’t like how light it is.

Thanks!


#2

It was lighter than what I was used to as well…but it really grew on me. I don’t know how to mod it but I bet it wouldn’t be that hard. Either I do like it the way it is. :slight_smile:


#3

You can have someone like me (modder) to add aluminum weight rings to it or you can buy rubber o-rings and pop them into the sides of the yoyo.


#4

Wow! So do they have to be glued in, or will this o ring stay in place? Also around how many grms more would be added doing this you think. The spec says it is 61. something grams stock. Lastly, can said O rings be applied to other yoyos like the Duncan Raptor for example, seeing as I hate those caps.

Thanks dude!!!


#5

hi, what kind of sleep times are you getting from it and what else can you compare it to that you may have in your collection?

thanks!


#6

I haven’t seen one of those, but if there is a slight lip in the rim, they should just stay in place. If not a slight tack glue w/super glue 5-6 places around the rim should work.

Depending on the size of the o-rings used, you will add anywhere from 5-8 grams. That is the range Difeyo quotes for various models that use a 3/16 thick o-ring. The range comes from the fact that different models take an o-ring of different size.


#7

I don’t know about making it heavier, but putting a clean bearing in my MD almost doubled its sleep time.


#8

how much sleep time on a cleaned bearing then would you say?? Most of my yoyos are 65 grams to 71. So I’m used to gauging those weights. I simply have NO idea about the driffter.


#9

With a stock bearing, the Drifter gets better sleep times than my FHZ, which is around 65 g. With a clean bearing, it gets around the same sleep time as my Black Knight, which is 71 g.

Until I got my Raptor, my MD was my favorite throw.


#10

Oh. here is everything I did to my MD:

1: Put in a clean bearing.
2: Instead of the silver spacers that come with it, put in the wide brass spacers that come in a FHZ, for a wider gap.
3: Take out one of the sili stickers. With both stickers in the yoyo, most of my binds turned into knots.

With no tricks, it sleeps over a minute and a half and come up when binded.

update: I just put a bearing shield behind each brass spacer, allowing the gap size to be the full bearing width.


#11

how awesome… thx for the info, I may get one this weekend as I think it’s one of the coolest looking throws out there. I have a center trac A bearing so I might use that.

I’ve heard good things about the black knight. have u done a review on it? It’s been a LONG while since I bought yyj.


#12

Well, I got the Driffter a few days ago and did all the suggested mods and it performs better than I expected. I like the look of this yo very much so it was worth it. Thanks everyone for the advice!


(BB) #13

I blasted mine


#14

You could buy little thick o-rings and put them on the small little side hubs.


#15

You mean… Glass Bead Blasting??? If so how’d it come out??? And how much did it cost you?


#16

Thx dude!


#17

The black night seems a bit outdated to me kind of like a speeder or a sigma blade. I haven’t tried one so may be better than I thought. If I was you and I was planning on getting one I probably would get one of the new bimetals, or wait as I heard that there is going to be some cool new releases.


#18

Black Night is fine. It spins long enough, great, kinda smooth, doesn’t vibe much. YYJ is not behind if you ask me. Just sayin hehe. I actually enjoy mine just as much as the DM2.


#19

I love yoyojam, but that is just the feeling it gives me. It is one of yoyojam older models in production and I think some of the newer yoyos from them would have better features, solid spin axle, better bearing, etc. And yes I know you can replace the bearing.


#20

I actually like my Metal Drifter better. I really tried to like the Black Knight, but I just couldn’t. But for about the same price, the Duncan Raptor is WAY better.

I haven’t tried one yet, but I really want to play with a DM2. I know that, when they have a color I like in stock, I amj getting an SR71.