How to Disassemble a Compound Bow


The compound bow uses a complex system of cables and pulleys to operate at maximum efficiency. Although the system is complex, disassembling the bow is an easy process. Compound bow owners will remove the string and accessories for long-term storage. The bow is also disassembled when the string is replaced. The accessories are easy to remove without any special tools but the string and cable removal does require a bow press.

Things You'll Need

  • Allen wrench
  • Bow press
  • Plastic bags
  • Locate the bolt connections on the arrow sheath, arrow rest and sights. Unscrew the bolts with an Allen wrench to remove the accessories. Place the bolts in a plastic bag to prevent losing the pieces.

  • Locate the stabilizer bar on the front of the bow. Screw the bar in a counter-clockwise direction to remove it from the limb. Also remove the wrist loop at this point. The loop is held in place by the stabilizer bar and should fall off the bow.

  • Place the bow in a bow press. Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer to ensure the bow is secured in the press. The exact instructions vary based on the press.

  • Crank the handle on the bow press to apply pressure to the limbs. Crank the handle until the tension is relieved from the string. Tension is relieved with a small amount of pressure and you must avoid over-flexing the limbs. Over-flexing may damage the bow.

  • Locate the two string loop attachments on the top limb. Remove the two loops from the round pegs. Move to the bottom limb and locate the single loop attachment on the axle. Remove the string loop from the axle.

  • Pull on the string to unwind it from the axles and cable guard. Pull until the string is completely removed from the bow. The bow is now disassembled and ready for a new string or storage.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take the bow to an archery pro shop for the initial disassemble. Watch and learn from the professionals before attempting the process at home.

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