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CTX 3030 Carbon-Fiber Lower Rod design/highlights...

Our CTX 3030 carbon-fiber lower rod

Our CTX 3030 carbon-fiber lower rods have been designed with quality in mind, and also provide a few key advantages over the stock rod option. First of all, the cost of the rods is substantially less than the stock option. While having a rod available for, and attached to, each of your accessory coils makes in-the-field coil changing much easier, the convenience factor is not enough, for many CTX users, to justify paying the high cost of the factory rods. This -- a cost-effective alternative rod -- was the main driver in our decision to produce the CTX 3030 lower rods. However, we did NOT wish to sacrifice on quality. Therefore, we choose engineering-grade plastics for the "clevis" or "head" at the lower end of the rod, as well as for the "alignment cam" at the upper end. The "end pieces" are then attached to high-quality carbon-fiber tubes, using specifically-engineered adhesives/epoxies designed specifically for the types of "low friction" plastics that we utilize.

In addition to providing high quality at a more affordable cost, several improvements have been engineered into our CTX 3030 lower rods, as compared to the factory design. First of all, the factory rod's design places the coil cable opening on the underneath side of the "clevis" or "head" of the rod. This opening location requires sharp "bends" in the coil cable in order to insert the cable into the rod. As a result, undue stress is placed on the cable-to-coil connector, which can lead to premature connector failure. In addition, the "bottom-entry design" for the cable forces the cable to rub on the edge of the coil cable opening, and thus leaves the cable's outer jacket prone to wear/abrasion over time. To mitigate these potential issues, our design instead places the coil cable opening on the right-hand side of the "clevis/head," adjacent to the cable-to-coil connector. This results in a more natural, less "strained" entry of the cable into the rod.

Otherwise, our rods are made to the same exacting dimensions as the factory rod, and therefore these benefits and improvements make our rods a logical, affordable alternative.

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