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    Is this normal for a barbell?

    Hi guys

    I have just bought an 28.5 7ft ATX ram power bar.

    Upon inspection I have noticed that the sleeves rotate for a different length of time (one with spin for 2-3 seconds longer) and one of the makes an audible and feelable clicking noise when rotating?

    Is this common for a bar?

    Thanks

    Jack
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    Originally Posted by metaljack21 View Post
    Hi guys

    I have just bought an 28.5 7ft ATX ram power bar.

    Upon inspection I have noticed that the sleeves rotate for a different length of time (one with spin for 2-3 seconds longer) and one of the makes an audible and feelable clicking noise when rotating?

    Is this common for a bar?

    Thanks

    Jack
    Nope. Sounds like one of the bearings/bushings is bad.
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    Common for cheap bars, but that isn't a cheap bar. I would contact the manufacturer/seller.
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    Originally Posted by metaljack21 View Post
    Hi guys

    I have just bought an 28.5 7ft ATX ram power bar.

    Upon inspection I have noticed that the sleeves rotate for a different length of time (one with spin for 2-3 seconds longer) and one of the makes an audible and feelable clicking noise when rotating?

    Is this common for a bar?

    Thanks

    Jack
    Yes, this is perfectly normal. But you didn't tell us how long each sleeve spins. If one side spins for 30 seconds, and the other spins for 27 seconds, that's great. If one side spins for 5 seconds and the other for 2 seconds, that may be an issue. But even then, all that matters is that the bar spins smoothly and that nothing is bound up.

    Place it on the ground, place an equal load on each side, and kick spin it with your foot in the center section. As long as it spins without catching, it's fine. Even for the sport of weightlifting, you only need 1 complete smooth rotation. For the press, bench press, squat, and deadlift, you don't even need that.

    This could be a matter of slightly more or less lubricant in one sleeve over the other, or a machining imbalance. But as long as it spins, it will function just fine.
    I'm a weightlifter, just starting to add some bodybuilding into my training. I'm mostly here for the equipment forum.
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    Originally Posted by BigAlexG View Post
    Yes, this is perfectly normal. But you didn't tell us how long each sleeve spins. If one side spins for 30 seconds, and the other spins for 27 seconds, that's great. If one side spins for 5 seconds and the other for 2 seconds, that may be an issue. But even then, all that matters is that the bar spins smoothly and that nothing is bound up.

    Place it on the ground, place an equal load on each side, and kick spin it with your foot in the center section. As long as it spins without catching, it's fine. Even for the sport of weightlifting, you only need 1 complete smooth rotation. For the press, bench press, squat, and deadlift, you don't even need that.

    This could be a matter of slightly more or less lubricant in one sleeve over the other, or a machining imbalance. But as long as it spins, it will function just fine.
    I agree that difference in spin may not be an issue but I don't think the clicking noise that OP describes is normal.
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    Originally Posted by radrd View Post
    I agree that difference in spin may not be an issue but I don't think the clicking noise that OP describes is normal.
    Oops. That's completely my mistake. I completely missed the part about him being able to feel it clicking/catching. An audible noise probably isn't anything, but being able to feel it catch is a problem. Being a power bar it's probably a bushing rather than a bearing. So either the sleeve has a bur in it, or the bushing has one, or both. It does probably need to go back.
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    i did take a video but it wont allow me to post it here. search "bar spin metaljack21" on youtube.

    i know power bars would never need to rotate like this

    i actually placed a 10kg weight plate on either side. when slowly rotated on the faster spinning side you can feel it catch the shaft and rotate
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    I would get a snap ring pliers and take that sleeve off and see what the problem is. Bushings are way more forgiving than bearings. It might be a simple emery cloth and re-lube fix. You shouldn't have to do it, but dealing with return shipping and packaging won't be very fun either.
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