Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I "yoke tune" my HBX cams?

Here is a video and a guide to help you with spacer tuning your new HBX cams.

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 many twists can I have/do I need in my recurve bow string?

Hoyt recommends that a modern synthetic (Dyneema, Fast Flight, etc.) string for a high-performance bow have not less than 15-20 twists with a suggested maximum of 1 twist per inch of string length. This promotes a rounder, more consistent string.

What recurve string material does Hoyt recommend ?

All Hoyt recurves are engineered to work with the latest high-performance string materials. We have extensively tested and have had good results with the following: Angel Majesty Brownell D75 Dyneema Brownell D75 Thin Brownell TS1 BCY Dynaflight 97 BCY 8125G or BCY 8190.  Any of these current materials can be used to build an excellent recurve bowstring. Please consult manufacturer websites for additional information on these string materials.

What is the proper way to adjust recurve riser alignment?

For instructions on how to properly adjust recurve riser alignment refer to the Recurve Owner’s Manuals at:

I have made alignment adjustments to my Hardlock-dowel-equipped Hoyt recurve riser but now I want to return the bow to the factory zero setting. How do I do it?

It is a simple matter to return your Hoyt recurve Hardlock dowel to the factory zero position. The installation of two alignment washers on the solid end of the dowel (the opposite end of the dowel from the screw and cap), and insertion of the dowel from the sight window side (top and bottom are not interchangeable) sets the dowel back to zero. Place unused washers under the cap, replace the locking screw, tighten the system down, and you a have a factory-fresh setting- which is all you need in 99.9 percent of setups with Hoyt limbs. Full details can be found in the Recurve Owner’s Manuals at:

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.

What is the proper way to adjust recurve riser alignment?

For detailed instructions on proper recurve riser alignment adjustment, download the "riser adjustment procedure" PDF.

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:

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.