DriveTite Kit – VR297

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Product Description

The DriveTite Kit contains everything you need to be able to tension one end of a run of cable inside a wood post at either an angle or on a level.*

This version of the DriveTite kit requires the DriveTite Tool Kit (VR440), specifically for our Modified Pliers in order to compress the Cable Wedge inside the Barrel Fitting.

1 – Tensioning Screw (VR364)
1 – Barrel Fitting (VR360)
1 – Cable Wedge (VR363)
1 – Wood Angle Insert (VR336)

These components are crafted from marine-grade 316 stainless steel and aluminum for lasting beauty and strength. We recommend putting a cable every 3 1/8″ as we’ve found that this spacing (when combined with an intermediate post placed every 4 feet), allows for minimal cable deflection, ensuring that you stay within the common 4″ sphere rule for code compliance. If your overall system height is 36″ tall, typically a 10 pack for each post is required (depending on your handrail setup, it might be less). For 39″ systems purchase a 11 pack, and for 42″ systems purchase a 12 pack.

*You will need to purchase a kit for the other end of your cable, either another DriveTite Kit, a Wood Level Tension Kit, or a Wood Angle Tension Kit (for starting or ending on a staircase). We highly recommend using our DriveTite Installation Kit (VR440) to install this product.

Installation Guide

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DriveTite Installation Guide

Completed Projects

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    Product Q&A


    Guest
    John fortier
    1 year 10 months ago

    I am looking to retrofit a large deck where the 13 year old rails will be removed and the Port Orford Cedar 4X4 uprights will be sleeved with RDI or Trex type covers in order to update and install the cable & Drivetite fasteners. Will the Port Orford cedar hold over time? Also my spacing between posts averages 80 inches. Do you have any recommendations or see any issues I will encounter.

    Support
    1 year 10 months ago

    Hi John,
    It’s really difficult for us to commend on how 13 year old cedar posts will last over time. There are so many variables that we can’t really give an opinion.

    Regarding the spacing, in order for the cables to not be able to be separated to the point where they allow a 4″ ball to pass through (code in most locations), we recommend having a post every 4 feet. So, we’d recommend you add an intermediate post between each of those wood posts. You can either add more wood posts, or you can use one of our 2″ square cable rail posts.

    I hope that helps, please send us a drawing or pictures if you have more questions.

    Guest
    Todd
    1 year 9 months ago

    One wood screw attaching the cable to a wall or post doesn’t seem like a very strong connection. Is this kit (DriveTite Kit VR297) designed for shorter runs only? Is there a maximum distance allowed between tensioners?

    Support
    1 year 9 months ago

    Hi Todd,
    The Tensioning Screw in this kit is a modified 5/16″ x 2 1/2″ GRK brand screw. It’s a very substantial screw. We recommend using DriveTite on runs of 30 feet or less. If you need more tensioning ability, us our Wood Level Tension Kit on both ends of the cable to achieve 70 feet of tensioning.

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    Jim
    1 year 5 months ago

    Is it possible to use the DriveTite kits on a single 4″x4″ corner post without staggering the adjacent cables? It seems like the two sets of holes and/or the two tensioning screws installed on the adjacent faces will interfere with each other.

    Support
    1 year 4 months ago

    Thank you for your question, Jim. It is certainly possible to use the DriveTite kits on a single post. We would recommend drilling the holes and securing the DriveTite screws at approximately 15 degrees to avoid interference with each other.

    Guest
    Scott
    1 year 29 days ago

    Can you use 3/16 cable with this.

    Support
    1 year 26 days ago

    Thank you for checking, Scott. Unfortunately, our components are all designed for use with 5/32″ cable. Other cable sizes will not work appropriately.

    Guest
    Tony
    9 months 1 day ago

    I have a spool of 1/8″ 7×19 stainless steel cable. One of your representatives indicated that the VR297 kit will work with this size. Is this true?

    Support
    9 months 1 day ago

    Hi Tony,

    Our components are designed to work with our 5/32″ cable. Because we have not tested our components with other styles of cable, I can’t say whether the 1/8″ cable would be compatible with this kit. To be sure that it all works properly, I would advise looking into our 5/32″ cable.

    Guest
    Jeff
    6 months 16 days ago

    What is the minimum size post you can use? I will have a 4 x 4 post at the bottom of the stairs but ends at a drywall so looking for solutions here. Maybe the drivetite at the bottom and a non tensioning kit at the top that i can attach to a board then mount to the stairs?

    Support
    6 months 8 days ago

    Hi Jeff,

    I apologize for the delayed response. Regular DriveTite will be fine for the 4×4 post. For the other side, DriveTite Surface would probably be the best solution. It only requires 1 1/2″ of mounting material, so if you have a board that thick for it to go into, it would be fine for your application. Please let us know if there’s anything else we can help you with.

    Guest
    John
    4 months 6 days ago

    can you use the DriveTite into the small side of a 2×6? so, you’d be drilling into a 1.5″ inch surface

    Support
    4 months 6 days ago

    Unfortunately, you need at least 3.5″ of backing for DriveTite. DriveTite Surface can be used when the backing material is as little as 2.5″ but, to as far as we have seen, there is nothing on the market that can mount into as little as 1.5″.