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Old 09-28-2011, 03:34 PM
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Draw Cord Replacemnt

Anybody has any tips on how to replace PSE Tac 15 draw cord?

Having a hard time threading the new draw cord through the hole in the spool without damaging it.
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:04 AM
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Re: Draw Cord Replacemnt

The bad news is, there doesn't seem to be an easy trick to it.

The most important thing I've found is that you basically only get one chance to get the cord through the holes while it has a decent tip on it.

Most of the replacement cords come out of the package with at least one end having a decent tip where most of the fibers are stuck together. If only one end has a good tip, plan your install to stick that end through both the cocking block and the spool.

If neither end is very good, then I've had good luck using a little super glue or fletching glue to bond the fibers and make it a little hard. Don't use so much glue that you increase the diameter of the end as it won't fit through the holes.

I have found that using a lighter to try to melt the fibers together does not work.

I carefully start the end of the cord into the hole and twist in one direction while I push the cord through. I usually can't get it far enough by hand, so I then use a needle-nose pliers to twist and push some more. I get enough of the end through to grab the end with the pliers and pull through the rest of the way.

Don't pull the end unless you can grab the entire end with the pliers. If you only get part of it, only that part will come and the rest will be stuck and you'll have to back it out and start over. If the entire end doesn't come through on your first try, back it out and glue the end and start over.

If the end is in rough shape after your first try, you can cut a little off and glue a new end and try again.
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Old 09-29-2011, 11:19 AM
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Re: Draw Cord Replacemnt

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The bad news is, there doesn't seem to be an easy trick to it.

The most important thing I've found is that you basically only get one chance to get the cord through the holes while it has a decent tip on it.

Most of the replacement cords come out of the package with at least one end having a decent tip where most of the fibers are stuck together. If only one end has a good tip, plan your install to stick that end through both the cocking block and the spool.

If neither end is very good, then I've had good luck using a little super glue or fletching glue to bond the fibers and make it a little hard. Don't use so much glue that you increase the diameter of the end as it won't fit through the holes.

I have found that using a lighter to try to melt the fibers together does not work.

I carefully start the end of the cord into the hole and twist in one direction while I push the cord through. I usually can't get it far enough by hand, so I then use a needle-nose pliers to twist and push some more. I get enough of the end through to grab the end with the pliers and pull through the rest of the way.

Don't pull the end unless you can grab the entire end with the pliers. If you only get part of it, only that part will come and the rest will be stuck and you'll have to back it out and start over. If the entire end doesn't come through on your first try, back it out and glue the end and start over.

If the end is in rough shape after your first try, you can cut a little off and glue a new end and try again.
I did try burning the end off with a lighter before inserting, and as you said it did not work. But Thanks for the Super Glue idea. I'll give that a try.
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:58 PM
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Re: Draw Cord Replacemnt

Good day fellow TACsters. I have found the easiest way to replace the draw string is to just disassemble the lower by removing the scope rail. I have had to do this three times now and am waiting to do it again. It appears to me that the weakest component on the TAC is the draw string. After only 60 - 70 shots the string has broken 3 times. The last time my arrow and the block were launched into outer space, never to be seen again and the whisker biscuit was twisted up like a pretzel. I have been waiting 3 weeks for PSE to send replacement parts.
Starting to look like I'll be Bear hunting with a gun this year. Anyway, this seems to be the easiest and quickest way as far as I know. It only takes about 15 min and eliminates all the frustration of trying to thread the needle, so to speak. Let us know if this works for you.
Cheers mates, TAC On.
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:07 PM
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Re: Draw Cord Replacemnt

I should have mentioned that I was describing how to get the cord through the spool itself (after pulling off the upper).

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Old 08-20-2012, 04:39 PM
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Re: Draw Cord Replacemnt

Hi again, another little tid bit to help pass the string through the spool. Light a table candle. Dip about a 1/4" to 1/2" of the end of the string in the melted wax. As it is cooling you can roll it nice and tight. Hope this helps.
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