One of our most involved users has been kind enough to send out some instructions and a couple of pictures of his recent Ripken bat modification. The Ripken comes from the factory measuring in at 30″, however, Jim has managed to come up with a way to modify the length without sacrificing the good parts of the bat.
These are his instructions.
Here’s my first try at modding the Quickbat. As you can see from the pix it’s now slightly longer than my Louisville Slugger. I cut the knob off, inserted about 12″ of 3/4″ dowel and used a 4″ piece of 3/4″ abs to cover the dowel and fill in the gap in the handle. I secured it all together with glue and wood screws and then coated it all with aerosol Plastidip. I imagine the standard Plastidip would have worked better but I wanted to cover more of the handle. Cosmetically I may end up replacing the Plastidip with bat tape.
And here are the pictures he’s talking about.
Jim has been a very solid resource for us thus far, and this is simply the best option we’ve seen for adding length to a short bat. I’m sure he’d be happy to answer any questions in the comments below, so make sure to leave them here.
Thanks again, Jim.