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The easiest way to do this for sure would be to use an X-Terra or White’s or other S shaft of the proper size. The X-terra is close but not identical. I will look at my pile of shaft parts today and see if anything fits.

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I just tried the Equinox head pipe on the Fisher F75 shaft & it appears to be same size and fits. If you could buy that s shaft from Fisher, I think it would work. The pin is on the bottom. Of course, you would have to drill a hole for the pilot bump of the Equinox to fit. You can see how Equinox mounts to shaft in this video:

 

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American manufacturers of detectors use 19.2 mm diameters - I use the middle shaft from Teknetics G2 to Spectra V3. Some European manufacturers use a 20mm size - similar to Equinox ...
 

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As noted before the X-terra shaft is close but not identical.

I tried the White's S rod and it is looser yet. Since it is smaller you also have to use the White's lower rod, and it is very loose on the Equinox coil. It also has side pins so that does not match - all in all too much work in my opinion to make it all tight.

My Makro Racer and Nokta Gold Finder rods are much closer, maybe 0.1 mm smaller, and have bottom pins. About the same as the X-Terra fit I am guessing.

The Fisher rods as depicted in the video above may be the best option followed by X-Terra? Don't know; I have no interest in doing this myself and am just trying to provide more information for those that are.

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Save your money for the 6”coil. It will lighten up the front end.

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Just use a 7 lb GPZ 7000 as your main use detector like I do then grab the Equinox. My arm wants to floats off the ground. I am afraid I will blow away if it gets windy! When I park hunt I let the coil ride on the ground or actually am pushing down to squash the grass. So I guess it's all relative to what you are used to and what you are doing with the machine.

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Well one thing is for sure.......from the very first nobody ever tried to hide the fact that the Eq shaft is straight.

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I'm coming from a Deus s-shaft and finding the Equinox weight and balance to be fine so far but have just been swinging and mashing buttons in the yard so I can get used to navigation, settings, etc.  I will test drive it this weekend at a couple of sites, hopefully, and see if the weight/balance is ok for extended detecting sessions.  I dusted off my GPX last weekend and did some relic hunting locally getting ready for an upcoming Culpeper hunt, so perhaps the few hours swinging that gave me the muscle memory to withstand the Equinox, who knows, but I am not complaining about the ergonomics so far.

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I just posted my mod on FB, and I used the entire Xterra shaft system with a couple serious mods to it.  First by removing the handle from the Xterra and the handle/head unit of the Nox which fit the upper Xterra perfectly.  I saved the complete Nox rod system in tact this way, except I did use the coil bolt because it is beafier than the Xterra.  If anybody is interested I can post the basic steps.  I found other threads on the subject but this one asked a question about Xterra shaft sizing so I replied here...With a Xterra Plugger clamp there might be another solution but you'd have to cut the Nox shaft and I didn't want to do that.

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I switched mine to an S rod. I used a White's DFX center rod as they are only $19.00 where the Minelab Center rod for a 705 is $45.00. The problem is that the White's rod has a smaller diameter than the Equinox rod so I had to shim it. I used the plaastic lid off a Folgers Coffee container and it was the perfect thickness. With it being a flexible plastic, it slid into the upper rod very easy and the twist lock on the Nox holds it very securely. Of course I had to also drill it on the bottom for the spring button, and I use White's lower rods for my coils. Being a past White's dealer, I have lots of lower rods. Been using it this way 3 to 4 times a week for a year and it's holding up great. I think it swings much better as there is no rotational twisting at the end of each swing.

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