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they are basically shock absorbers they quiet down the string noise & reduce the shock
never tore one though
don't know what type you are using. I use the Fuse string shox
only thing that ever tore on me was the peep sight tube but now I run a tubeless sight nothing worse then having that break when you have an animal in your sights
What bow do you have?
 

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that is strange should be the same ones on my Rampage XT
Hoyt uses the fuse shox as far as I know
I would ask your bow shop what they would recommend
 

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Do you notice any difference shooting without them?
If not I would just shoot without them no real need to have them unless you get noticable string shock or it is louder
 

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That is odd Your bow can't be that old
one other thing I do is when waxing my bow I also wax the silencers too
I use Scorpion Venom Polymeric Bowstring Wax. it is a soft paste so it applies easy. could be they are dry rotting or weather cracking what ever you want to call it
 

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Pretty easy fix and inexpensive to replace. I agree that they look battered and torn. There are so many string noise suppressors out there I'd head to the local bow shop and have them install a couple of new ones. If you are a little bit handy they are pretty easy to install. Some advertisers claim that their products increase the bow speed, don't know/believe if that claim is true. All the major stores sell similar products. I think they all work to some degree to suppress string noise.
 

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HM I think the opposite anything on your string should slow it down it is added weight & resistance they will all tell us what we want to hear but what do I know
only thing I do know is they do suppres noise & vibration

Huntanglergirl I would try a different brand & see what happens as HM stated not an expenive fix
 

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Premature wear of string suppressors such as those on mathews bows can be caused by your cam or cams being out of alignment.If you keep going thru them fast im willing to bet your bow is out of alignment.Also anything added to your string decreases speed by a few f.p.s.
 
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