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Bowtech 2023 SS34 problems with the cams system?

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I recently acquired a new SS34 bow, which has been shot less than 100 times. However, like many other SS34 bows, it has an issue with the lower cam system. The problem first manifested as the serving coming loose and separating, resulting in significant wear on the string.

At first, I thought replacing the string would solve the problem, but that turned out not to be the case. I contacted my dealer, who was very helpful, and they contacted Bowtech. Bowtech provided new strings, and once installed, we thought the problem had been resolved. Unfortunately, after shooting a few arrows, the serving began separating in the same place and manner as before. This makes me think there might be a problem with the bow, possibly with the cam.

I'm not sure what to do if it is a cam issue, and I'm hoping Bowtech can fix it if they can. Has anyone else experienced this issue, and if so, have they found a solution? I have other Bowtechs and other brand bows that don't have this issue, so I'm still able to shoot, but it's frustrating. Bowtech is working with my dealer, so I hope they can resolve this soon.

Update: After trying three factory cables, the same issue occurred after 75-100 shots. We're now going to try aftermarket cables, and I'll update again once I know more.

Another update: After trying four cables, we're sending the bow back to Bowtech. Unless all four cables were bad, it's unlikely that the issue is with the cables. I'll update again when the bow comes back from repair.

Final update: The bow has been repaired and is working well. I've shot it over 100 times without any issues. The problem was with the cam, and Bowtech replaced both the top and bottom cams, as well as the string and cables. They also reset the deadlocks to factory settings. I'm very grateful to Bowtech and my dealer for their help in resolving this issue.

Thank you everyone who helped and shared with me.

Okay, this will be my final post on the matter. 馃槉 The cables separated once again, and although it required more attempts this time, they eventually came apart again, specifically the lower cam in the same spot. However, I successfully resolved the issue entirely. As some others had suggested, the solution turned out to be installing new aftermarket strings. Yes, it's true! The new strings effectively fixed the problem. I have now taken approximately 500 to 1000 shots, and everything is functioning splendidly. I appreciate the bow, and I am a fan of Bowtech. I own three other bows from them, and my wife uses the Eva Shocky and enjoys it. I do think they could have used slightly better strings, but it is what it is.

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I hope you have good luck getting yours squared away. I really hope all aren't like this,my bow will be here Friday with new threadz strings.
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What about CP30 owners, same cam same issue?
That is a good question, it's the same cam right?
It's either the cam or not.
Sharp edges or it's machined the right way.
Should be no guessing just by looking at it.
If it's not made right Bowtech needs to take care of it.
Hopefully you get back on track and shooting with no problem's.
Sure sounds very obvious to me you have a bad cam or not set up correctly. I would insist on a warranty of the cam. That is the only reason your destroying strings that quickly. Should also be obvious to your dealer.
I hope it isn't the cam, we are going to try some after market strings first. And Bowtech says they will let me send it in to be looked at. I'm crossing my fingers.
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It's either the cam or not.
Sharp edges or it's machined the right way.
Should be no guessing just by looking at it.
If it's not made right Bowtech needs to take care of it.
Hopefully you get back on track and shooting with no problem's.
Well, they did have issues with exploding limbs for many years and it took them for ever to make a change. It鈥檚 what stopped me from buying a bowtech. My son-in-law is looking at the SS-34 but this is worrisome. Of course there are some who aren鈥檛 having issues and will say the rest are full of it but the reality is that if so many in this short thread are reporting issues there is something to it. Hopefully it gets addressed quickly. It sucks getting a new toy that breaks down in short order.
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Well, they did have issues with exploding limbs for many years and it took them for ever to make a change. It鈥檚 what stopped me from buying a bowtech. My son-in-law is looking at the SS-34 but this is worrisome. Of course there are some who aren鈥檛 having issues and will say the rest are full of it but the reality is that if so many in this short thread are reporting issues there is something to it. Hopefully it gets addressed quickly. It sucks getting a new toy that breaks down in short order.
Yes hopefully they can figure it out and get it fixed.
My friend has owned a bow shop for over 20 years.
Every brand has problems and warranty will usually get them fixed.
Most you never hear about because probably 7 out of 10 are not on a forum.
The big companies usually will take care of it and fix if it's a warranty issue.
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The same serving separation happens to the stock strings and cables on the Reckoning GEN 2s.
Well, they did have issues with exploding limbs for many years and it took them for ever to make a change. It鈥檚 what stopped me from buying a bowtech. My son-in-law is looking at the SS-34 but this is worrisome. Of course there are some who aren鈥檛 having issues and will say the rest are full of it but the reality is that if so many in this short thread are reporting issues there is something to it. Hopefully it gets addressed quickly. It sucks getting a new toy that breaks down in short order.
I am not having any issues, never said people are full of it. I posted a picture of my bow on the other thread about this same issue. I installed john鈥檚 custom archery strings, and he used black serving. I have no issues. Maybe certain colors of serving wear better? I am not a string builder, I really don鈥檛 know the answer.
Well I bet there hasn't been 50 SS34 sold to guys on this entire site, with this many coming forward it's an issue. How much of an issue who knows, but I'm not going to be without a bow while BT figures it out - or worse yet denies it.
Moving on.............................
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The same serving separation happens to the stock strings and cables on the Reckoning GEN 2s.
I did not give my stock strings on my Gen2 enough time to see if they would have any issues. Swapped them right away for a set of Mad Goat鈥檚 and have had no issues at all.
That is a good question, it's the same cam right?
My CP30 has the problem and this is the stock cable after 150 arrows, the aftermarket I installed was worse.
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Man.....I was ready to pull the trigger on an SS34 next week. Not so sure now.
I have never owned a Bowtech but it seems that the issue is coming from the hard turn the cable has to make on the cam. This doesn't seem surprising to me that it is happening.
There is no issues. I have several hundred shots on five different SS34s and have zero issues.


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Apparently it鈥檚 a figment of y鈥檃ll鈥檚 imagination 馃槈
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The edge that cable is being cut on is sharp .... damn sharp, it does not look so in the picture but you can feel it. Rounding it off slightly when machining would solve the issue.
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Yes hopefully they can figure it out and get it fixed.
My friend has owned a bow shop for over 20 years.
Every brand has problems and warranty will usually get them fixed.
Most you never hear about because probably 7 out of 10 are not on a forum.
The big companies usually will take care of it and fix if it's a warranty issue.
Agree, well said.
The issue is from the cable track that goes around the axel being spaced so far from the string track and from them not rounding the edge of that cable track enough.

They spaced the cable track out that far to get full range of lateral cam movement on the dead lock system without the cam rubbing on the cable like on some of the Elite bows.

I just got my SS34 and I'm going to run the stock strings until I know if I'm going to have the same issue. I'd hate to buy aftermarket strings and tear them up figuring it out.
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There is no issues. I have several hundred shots on five different SS34s and have zero issues.


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5? What is wrong with you? Who needs 5 of the same bow?
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My question is are all the SS34 doing the same thing or just a select few?
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