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Hing Pins

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I have read to get the SST hing pins...... I can not find them anywhere on the site mentioned. what else are you guys using as a hing pin for jointed swimbaits? please provided a link if posible.

Thanx Rip....

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I use heavy gage stainless steel wire with a little bent tip at the part that comes out of the back. I make a tiny slot with a Dremel cutting wheel bit to counter sink it into then seal it with epoxy.

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@ Rip

To make your hinge pins , you just cut some stainless steel wire to required length with pincers or shears , possibly file or grind the sharp ends round to avoid injury and for easier inserting:wink: .

To pass through ordinary closed screweyes(not the biggest and smallest sizes around)and still provide sufficient loose play , a wire diameter of approx . 1/16" (1,6 mm) should be OK .

You can buy such wire and screweyes in tackle component stores or mailorder , you may check Welcome to Moore's Lures .

Since here in Germany we do not have too many of such sources , I utilized SST welding wire from an industrial welding gear supplier for my first swimbait attempt , this one is just a fraction softer as special luremaking wire , I can truly tolerate that for this purpose !

Greetz , diemai

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You can buy tempered spinnerbait wire from Barlows, Stamina, or any other online supplier that sells lure making supplies. It's amazing how quickly a 15' roll of wire disappears!

I find tempered wire is easier to push into the tight pin holes I drill. I also bend little 90 degree flags on my pins so I can remove them if I need to. It makes the finishing process much easier, and also the repairs I sometimes need to make due to rude interactions with rocks.

I also got some sst welding wire from a friend, and it also works.

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i think a cheap pin can be cut from a bicycle spoke , no?

I would think so. Bike spokes are usually about .077"-- sometimes plus or minus a little.

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I'm going to try and get some this week. They're thicker than the sst wire I have, which should make drilling the hinge holes straight easier, since a larger bit will drift less.

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I also use bicycle spokes, and have for quite a while. They are excellent IMHO.

Mark, they do make drilling your holes easier since the bit required is larger and sturdier. I might also add here that I drill my holes from both directions just in case the bit wants to wander in the poplar. so far, it has worked every time.

David

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Why go to bike store? do what I do, sneak around neighborhood with pair of linemans pliers and take one here, two there, and if I really don't like someone I'll take several. They never notice right off.

Now don't really try this at home, I'm a trained professional. :whistle::drool::D

just joking, just joking, just joking

David

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