Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I retrofit my older model Hoyt bow with newer cams and limbs?

Each cam and limb model is specifically designed to work together with the particular bow models that they are built with.  While some cam and limb models may have similar dimensions and physically “fit” on another bow, adding those parts can cause negative effects to both the performance and the safety of the bow.  Hoyt does not recommend using any parts on a bow that were not originally available on that particular model from the Hoyt factory.

How often should I lubricate my wheels/cams?

A light, spot lubrication of the axles where they pass through the wheel/cam should be done on a regular basis (1,500-2,000 shots). In adverse hunting conditions where dirt, dust, and moisture are encountered, lubrication may be done on a daily basis. Hoyt recommends that you use a silicone or Teflon based lubrication or any other quality grease available at your local Hoyt Pro Shop. It is not recommended that you use "penetrating oils" such as WD-40, EZ #7, Fast Break, etc. Note: Cam & 1/2 System bows feature sealed stainless steel ball bearings which do not require lubrication.

How often should I wax my bow strings?

Hoyt recommends applying a light coat of bowstring wax to your bow's strings and cables on a regular basis. Hoyt suggests once every two weeks during peak use. Use a high quality bowstring wax available at your local Hoyt Pro Shop.

How often should I replace my strings and cables?

Hoyt recommends that a bow's strings and cables should be changed when wear is evident or every two years under normal use conditions.

How do I adjust the draw weight of my bow?

Weight adjustments can easily be made by turning the weight adjustment bolt or limb bolt (tiller bolt on recurve bows) clockwise to increase weight or counter clockwise to decrease weight. You should always turn the top and bottom adjustment bolts in equal amounts. Be sure to unstring recurve bows before making adjustments.

What arrows should I shoot with my bow?

To find out which arrow is the best to shoot with your setup, visit and click on the Shaft Selector Guide. This will walk you through a simple step by step process in order to find the shaft that's best for you. Hoyt bows should not be shot with arrows weighing less than 5 grains per pound of draw weight.

How far can I back the weight off of my compound bow and still be safe?

Hoyt recommends that you never exceed eight complete rotations of the limb weight adjustment bolts from the bottomed out (maximum weight) position.

How can I learn more about tuning and maintaining my Hoyt bow?

The Hoyt Owner's Manual is full of helpful tips on basic tuning and maintenance! The manuals (by product year) can be found at  In addition to the owner's manual, many helpful tuning tips can be found in the Easton Arrow Guide. You can download the guide at:

How do I know which arrow to use with my compound bow?

The Easton Shaft Selector is a great tool and can be found at:

Where do I find an Owner’s Manual for my Hoyt Bow?

Owner’s manuals from 2002-present are available on our Manuals page.

How far can I back my limb bolts out and how many pounds of draw weight do I lose with each turn?

On most Hoyt bows the maximum number of turns that you can turn out your limb bolts is eight (8). The Hoyt Ignite model bow can be adjusted out ten (10) turns.  The amount of weight that you will lose varies from bow to bow and turn to turn.  The only way to know how much weight is being lost is by measuring it on a bow scale.

How do I find the string and cable lengths for my Hoyt bow?

The string and cable lengths are normally listed on the limb sticker located on the limb of your bow. If this sticker is missing or illegible, you can go to and research the tune charts for the correct specifications. Please visit the Compound Bow Tune Charts page.