Why should I choose a KICK-EEZ® Recoil Pad?
KICK-EEZ® Recoil Pads are the ONLY Recoil Pads made of Sorbothane®, a visco-elastic polymer that has been medically and scientifically proven to be the FINEST cushioning material available today.
- KICK-EEZ® Recoil Pads reduce recoil by dispersing energy in ALL directions at once
when you fire your gun—unlike other recoil pads that only disperse energy in two directions!
- KICK-EEZ® Recoil Pads will not distort or lose their effectiveness after being compressed thousands of times and they won’t bottom out like many other pads.
- KICK-EEZ® Recoil Pads contain no steel plates or hollow spots making them easy to grind to fit your gun.
- Independent testing confirms that KICK-EEZ® Recoil Pads reduce twice as much recoil as all the other recoil pads on the market!
Does my kickeezproducts.com order qualify for FREE SHIPPING?
KICK-EEZ® is proud of our reputation as the global provider of the most effective shock absorbing pads offered to shooting sports enthusiasts and hunters available in the industry today. In an effort to thank our loyal customers, we now offer FREE SHIPPING for all Internet orders shipping to a location in the contiguous United States using USPS Priority Mail.
If you have any additional questions, please call us at 877-KICKEEZ. A member of our team will be glad to help! Thank you once more for your interest in KICK-EEZ® Sorbothane®-based products and accessories.
How thick are KICK-EEZ® Pre-Fit Recoil Pads?
All KICK-EEZ® Pre-Fit Recoil Pads are 1 1/8″ thick, except the KZ-115 and KZ-119. These models are 15/16″ thick. Learn more about our pre-fit recoil pads here: KICK-EEZ® Pre-Fit Recoil Pads
How do I select the correct KICK-EEZ® Recoil Pad for my gun?
KICK-EEZ® Pre-Fit Pads are a quick fix; two screws out and two screws in and your pad is installed. Unfortunately, stock variances, age, temperature and humidity all play a role in finding a Pre-Fit Pad to fit your stock. The best thing to do is to check the templates for our Pre-Fit Pads by printing two or three of the templates that are closest to your stock measurements, remove your old pad, measure the length and width, and stand your gun on the template. The accuracy of the pad is on the line of the template not on the inside. Screw hole placement is critical for synthetic stocks; use your old pad to compare screw location on the printed template. You can
sand our Pre-Fit Pads the very same way you sand our Grind-To-Fit Pads. All our Pre-Fit Pads are 1 1/8” thick, so this may be an issue for your LOP but it will give you maximum recoil reduction.
If you are unable to locate a Pre-Fit Pad that will fit your stock, then you will need to check our Large Grind-To-Fit Pads for a pad that will fit. Our Grind-To-Fit Pads are exactly the same as our Pre-Fit Pads; they simply come in more styles, sizes and thicknesses of 1/2”, 3/4”, 15/16”, 1 1/8” and 1 3/8”. Their screw holes are 3 1/8” apart and the pads are 5 5/8″ long x 2″ wide. You can view all the styles and sizes of our GTF Pads on our website. KICK-EEZ Recoil Pads have no steel plates or hollow spots; therefore, grinding one to fit your stock is very easy.
FYI: We have a “grinding video” on our website that walks you through the steps involved in grinding a KICK-EEZ® Recoil Pad to fit your stock.
How do I grind a KICK-EEZ® Recoil Pad?
NOTE: Watch the grinding demonstration on our website.
A disc or belt sander works great for sanding your pad; the key is to put the pad on your gun butt and scribe a pencil line around the gun stock, be sure to let the screws take the pad into position. This will ensure the proper fit when finished. This will show you how much you have to sand; in order to protect your stock, always sand the pad OFF your stock. Note: Both our Grind-to-Fit and our Pre-Fit Pads can be ground.
Start out using 80 or 100 grit sand paper and progressively go to a finer grit such as 220 grit. You can finish grinding with 400 grit or a similar size. It is VERY important that you make SEVERAL passes so that heat does not build up in the pad. You should finish radiusing the side and edges of your pad with a small sponge sanding block (these are sold at Home Depot or most any hardware store). Some people even use emery cloth or polishing pads to make the pads smooth. When in doubt, always go slow and repeat passes. Patience is the key! As long as you follow these rules, you should NEVER encounter any problems sanding a KICK-EEZ® Recoil Pad! KICK-EEZ® Recoil Pads have no steel plates or hollow spots so you can sand as little or as much as necessary and never need to worry about ruining your pad.
To clean your pad when finished sanding you can use Armor All, Lemon Pledge—it works really well to blacken a KICK-EEZ® Pad, Damp warm cloth or just plain soap and water.
How do I increase my LOP with a KICK-EEZ® Recoil Pad?
Length of Pull can be accomplished by adding spacers that go between the butt pad and the gun butt of your gun or you can simply install a thicker pad. Spacers are a strong, light-weight plastic polymer and can be easily sanded.
Regular Spacers are available in 1/8”, 1/4” & 1/2” thicknesses.
Pitch Spacers are also available to address positive or negative pitch needs. Pitch spacers are available in thicknesses of 1/4” and 1/2”.
KICK-EEZ® Grind-To-Fit Recoil Pads come in thicknesses of 1/2’, 3/4”, 15/16”, 1 1/8” and 1 3/8”. Find a spacer/recoil pad combination that works for you. Once you determine your needs, you can glue the spacer to the pad and then grind them both at the same time to match your gun stock butt or you can grind separately so you can remove the spacer later if needed.
How do I choose the correct KICK-EEZ® Slip-On Pad for my gun?
Slip-Over Recoil systems may be an easy fix to increase your Length-Of-Pull and reduce felt recoil without removing the existing recoil pad on your gun. The Slip-Over Recoil Pad comes with a 1/2” Sorbothane insert; however, you can purchase additional 1/2” or 1/4” inserts. These inserts are 50 durometers of Sorbothane. You can add or subtract these inserts to get more LOP or more recoil reduction. If you measure the length and the width of the butt face of your gun, it will help you decide which Slip-Over Pad to order. If you can’t quite decide which one to order, always choose the smaller size because you want the pad to fit snug. The sizes of our Slip-Over Pads are as follows:
- Small: 4 1/2 x 1 1/2” up to 4 13/16 x 1 5/8”
- Medium: 4 13/16 x 1 5/8” up to 5 1/8 x 1 3/4”
- Large: 5 1/8 x 1 3/4” up to 5 3/8 x 1 7/8”
Suggestions for adding additional Sorbothane inserts inside of Slip-Over Pads: In addition to the 1/2” piece that is supplied with the Slip-On boot, you could add one more 1/2” piece, and one more 1/4” piece. Adding all three of these would give you a pad that is 1 1/4” thick and still give stability to the boot.
Our Slip-Over Recoil boots are made of a natural rubber compound. The side of the boot is 1/16” thick, the base (or butt) of the boot is 1/8” thick. The boot and a 1/2” Sorbothane insert will add 5/8” to your existing LOP.
The Slip-Over Recoil boot itself does not absorb recoil; it is the inserts that are made to fit inside the Slip-On pads that absorb recoil. Slip-On Pads will absorb the same amount of recoil as our Pre-Fit or Grind-To-Fit Pads as long as they are the same thickness. For example: A Slip-On Boot and 1/2” Sorbothane insert will add 5/8” to your LOP; if you add another 1/2” insert, your thickness would now be 1 1/8” which would be equal in recoil reduction to all our Pre-Fit Pads or a GTF Pad that is 1 1/8” thick.
What is a KICK-EEZ® Dual-Action Recoil Pad and why should I choose it instead of a Standard KICK-EEZ® Recoil Pad?
KICK-EEZ® standard pads are made of Sorbothane that is 70 durometers (the hardness of the material) on the “00” Scale. Our Dual-Action Pads are made of two layers of Sorbothane. On a 1” recoil pad, there is a 1/4” soft layer of Sorbothane that is 60 durometers that is sandwiched between the baseplate and the remaining 3/4” layer of 70 durometer Sorbothane by passing shock waves through different durometer layers, the shock waves are diminished by
approximately 4-6% over our regular recoil pads. Shooters that are sensitive to recoil will enjoy this reduction.
Can I install a KICK-EEZ® Recoil Pad on a stock with a curved butt face?
These instructions will work ONLY if the curve of your stock is less than 1/4 inch and preferably 1/8 inch.
Note: Follow these instructions at your own risk!
Place the pad in a plastic sandwich bag that you can seal the top completely closed. Place the pad that is sealed inside the bag into boiling water for 2-3 minutes. What this does is soften the base plate enough so that you can then bend the pad to fit the curvature of your gun butt. Sometimes people have placed a broom handle on their work bench and placed the pad over the broom handle. It will cool quickly and take on the new shape. Keep this in mind—if the curvature is extreme, this will shorten the pad and also perhaps it will change the location of the screw holes. Our KICK-EEZ® Sorbothane pads will NOT be altered as long as you don’t overdue the length of time in the boiling water (2-3 minutes).
As an alternative to boiling pads a heat gun may be used as long as the heat is not excessive. Using a good heat gun or small propane torch, heat the base between the screw holes. Using a torch, it will take 5-10 seconds to heat the base enough to bend the pad backwards over a hammer or broom handle. Hold in place for 3-4 minutes and it should keep the new curve. Do not worry if you put too much curve in the pad; the screws will pull the pad down to match the butt curve. Scribe your sanding line on the baseplate, remove the pad from your stock, and sand
Is it possible to create a new screw hole in a KICK-EEZ® Recoil Pad?
KICK-EEZ® Recoil Pads have screws that are 3 1/8” apart, center to center which is the industry standard. Our Grind-To-Fit Recoil Pad Item #304-8 Jr., has screws that are 2 3/4” apart, center to center. This pad is often used on youth stocks or stocks that have been cut. Our Item #801-6 & Item #801-8 special slotted pad has a slotted screw hole which allows screws to be a minimum of 2 7/8” or maximum 3 3/4”. Our Pre-Fit Pads have a variety of screw locations; check our templates for proper placement when using our Pre-Fit Pads. You can easily create a new screw hole location in a KICK-EEZ® Recoil Pad.
KICK-EEZ® recoil pads have no metal plates or hollow spots to worry about; therefore, you can drill new holes in the pad without jeopardizing the integrity of the pad. Before you start drilling your hole, make sure that you have a sound base to set the pad on; a 2 x 6 or a piece of plywood will work well for this. When drilling the hole, use either a 3/16” or 13/64” drill bit, turn the pad upside down with the base plate facing up and drill through the base plate and the Sorbothane material, letting the drill exit the pad and go into your plywood base. Once the drill exits the pad into the wood, let the drill hover in this position for 3 or 4 seconds, this will help ensure a
professional looking exit hole. Note: You could also use a Dremel tool with a cone-shaped bit. Try not to drill the hole too close to the edge of the pad or the existing screw hole. When finished, be sure to lubricate the new screw hole opening with liquid soap, Vaseline or a similar product when installing new screws.