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So my C/A is a good unit, fairly protective and very mobile with only one draw back I could come up with, every now and then I would feel shots to the belly.  It didn't happened very often so I didn't acted upon it, but recently I felt one that made me go : alright, that's enough.  So I managed to finally get my hands on a sewing machine and got to work.

Modifications included adding padding to the heart guard, doubling up the shoulder floaters and beefing up the front and side of the body.

Materials used : 1/2 inch yoga mat, anti fatigue floor mat (1/4" eva foam mat), jenpro (or similar faux leather material), jacket liner fabric and various bits of fabric elastic and Velcro.

The floaters I did by building duplicate of 1/4" eva foam and jenpro, and fixed them under the existing floaters through the elastic straps.  I also squeezed a piece of the same foam under the existing heart guard.

For the internals, I built a pad with soft 1/2 yoga mat contained in a jacket liner pocket and held in place with Velcro. 

It's amazing how much it beef up the unit and, although I have to test it out, I'm confident I'll never feel a stinger ever again!

Feel free to ask any questions.  Cheers.

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40 minutes ago, MrGoalie said:

Nice work!

Thanks.  It's not the prettiest job but it does the trick.  Can't wait to give it a try, see if I lost any mobility and if so, how much.

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Great modifications. Well done! You should be able to getting much more life out of your epic unit. 

I did the exact same MODs with the Shoulder Floaters and heart guard on my current CCM C/A. I didn't need it, but I just wanted to do it.

I layered them the same way with old pieces from a Jr RBK P1 C/A. I also have an old, removable belly pad similar to what you have on my old RBK P2 C/A that I will attach to my CCM unit if/when I need it. 

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I also plan on attaching these old Vaughn knee wraps to the upper arm to my CCM Pro unit if/when I need them too like I did on my old Premier 2 C/A. Mobility is not restricted and they work perfectly.

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On 11/15/2020 at 9:13 AM, ArdeFIN said:

I like the idea of those doubled shoulder floaters and that chest and belly area paddig. Good job.

I just might get some ideas from this to my own VE8 project.

Please do and be welcome to ask questions on the process I went through or pitch ideas.  I'm also following your VE8 thread.

 

On 11/16/2020 at 12:43 AM, creasecollector said:

Great modifications. Well done! You should be able to getting much more life out of your epic unit. 

I did the exact same MODs with the Shoulder Floaters and heart guard on my current CCM C/A. I didn't need it, but I just wanted to do it.

I layered them the same way with old pieces from a Jr RBK P1 C/A. I also have an old, removable belly pad similar to what you have on my old RBK P2 C/A that I will attach to my CCM unit if/when I need it. 

1329948097_JuniorReebokP1ShoulderFloater

 

1519250392_CCMP1RBKP1CAMod.thumb.jpeg.02

 

622572016_MyModdedCCMABProCA.thumb.jpeg.

I also plan on attaching these old Vaughn knee wraps to the upper arm to my CCM Pro unit if/when I need them too like I did on my old Premier 2 C/A. Mobility is not restricted and they work perfectly.

C7DDB997-DB9E-443E-BC51-E6C6027C969C.jpe

 

 

 

The whole idea about these mods was to avoid spending on a new CA altogether.  I was at a point where I had worked to make the unit fit well and really appreciate the mobility, coverage is very good considering I'm built on a small frame but protection was lacking a little in some areas.  Didn't want to spend the money but mostly, didn't wanted to have to adjust to a new unit.

I remember seeing the double floaters mod somewhere on this board and wanted to give it a try.  Not having an extra CA on hand, I just built something that I thought would work and it really did make a significant difference.  All for about 13$ total! 

For the thigh board idea, I see we think much alike has I did the exact same thing to mine using the boards that came with my first set of pads.

 

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1 hour ago, Math. said:

The whole idea about these mods was to avoid spending on a new CA altogether.  I was at a point where I had worked to make the unit fit well and really appreciate the mobility, coverage is very good considering I'm built on a small frame but protection was lacking a little in some areas.  Didn't want to spend the money but mostly, didn't wanted to have to adjust to a new unit.

I remember seeing the double floaters mod somewhere on this board and wanted to give it a try.  Not having an extra CA on hand, I just built something that I thought would work and it really did make a significant difference.  All for about 13$ total! 

 

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for the same reason, I have upgraded my bauer s170, making it much stronger, but I have completely disassembled it and added foam to every part of it

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4 hours ago, Math. said:

Please do and be welcome to ask questions on the process I went through or pitch ideas.  I'm also following your VE8 thread.

 

The whole idea about these mods was to avoid spending on a new CA altogether.  I was at a point where I had worked to make the unit fit well and really appreciate the mobility, coverage is very good considering I'm built on a small frame but protection was lacking a little in some areas.  Didn't want to spend the money but mostly, didn't wanted to have to adjust to a new unit.

I remember seeing the double floaters mod somewhere on this board and wanted to give it a try.  Not having an extra CA on hand, I just built something that I thought would work and it really did make a significant difference.  All for about 13$ total! 

For the thigh board idea, I see we think much alike has I did the exact same thing to mine using the boards that came with my first set of pads.

 

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Very nice though wrap/board mod. We do think alike! 

May I ask how you fixed it to the upper arm? I see it's strapped in, but any additional attachment to hold it in place permanently? Looks really good and It doesn't look like it will move around. Thank you.

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4 hours ago, creasecollector said:

Very nice though wrap/board mod. We do think alike! 

May I ask how you fixed it to the upper arm? I see it's strapped in, but any additional attachment to hold it in place permanently? Looks really good and It doesn't look like it will move around. Thank you.

They've been there for years and never moved.  Those are cheap boards that came with cheap pads and the attachment point was made w/ velcro.  I bascially just stuck the sticky side of the velcro to the mesh type fabric on the upper arm.  The soft side of the velcro being up, it helps the inner elbow pads sliding onto it and not interfering.  Honnestly, I couldn't have designed it better, it really worked out good the way they were made.

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2 hours ago, Math. said:

They've been there for years and never moved.  Those are cheap boards that came with cheap pads and the attachment point was made w/ velcro.  I bascially just stuck the sticky side of the velcro to the mesh type fabric on the upper arm.  The soft side of the velcro being up, it helps the inner elbow pads sliding onto it and not interfering.  Honnestly, I couldn't have designed it better, it really worked out good the way they were made.

That's awesome - Thank you!

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And then if we're going to go overkill, why not go the extra mile right?!

Added extra padding to the throat protector.  1/4" foam, held in place w/ 3 patches of velcro.  Probably should have punched holes in the foam to help w/ ventilation but I tought about it afterwards and I don't feel like unstitching and restiching the thing, I'll see how it works once on the ice.  The good thing is I planned this much ahead and put the soft part of the velcro on the existing bib, so can still be used as originaly made w/out tearing holes in my base layer.

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