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« on: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM »

Factory Finish-1000 Grit polished

Radius of Gyration-2.52 (low)

Differential-.050 (high)

Hook Potential-25 (25 scale)

Track Flare Potential 7+ inches

Length-5 (10 scale)

Backend-10 (scale)

Cover Stock-Super Sure Grip Traction Plus (tm) Particle

Weight Block-Cyclotron Core(tm)

Color-Orange and Black


Available Weights-14-16 Pounds

Logo's Roto Grip Fuel (tm), "4 Prong Star" Center of Gravity


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Re: Fuel
« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2003, 01:12:46 AM »
Drilled this ball 2 5/8x3/ out 2 5/8..1/4oz finger weight, 7/8oz side weight, Xtra hole on PAP..I polished this ball with Storm diamond gloss to 5000..Starts rolling mid-lane with a strong arcing backend....
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Re: Fuel
« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2003, 10:25:47 PM »
I drilled this ball up a couple days ago I used it for the first time to day shooting 629. This ball is drilled with the #4 layout and letter b on the drill sheet. This ball does not seem like it will hook but it goes out and makes a strong move not a flip but a hard arc. Works great for playing straighter up in oil great ball. I will post a another review after I use it more.

If the ball is hooking too much, move left or go to a weaker ball.

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Re: Fuel
« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2003, 04:11:26 PM »
Strong finsher for a particle ball.  Was not expecting the amount of mid lane read and finish that I got with this ball.

Not enought oil in this market to use the ball on a consistant basis.  

On the Sport shot league it has been a very good performing ball. It is easy off the breakpoint with plenty of hitting power.
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Re: Fuel
« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2003, 06:46:24 PM »
Pin above ring finger, CG kicked out 1" to positive side, mass bias in strong position. Pin, cg and mass bias are just about lined up.
Gets through the heads nice and clean, reads the mid lane and rolls, then a very hard hook to the pocket, almost a flip, but not quite. It almost acts as it has a double hook when you bounce it off the dry. The particle cover does not jerk off the dry, just a nice strong rolling hook. i have found my best results just playing a small swing from 15 to 11, keeping it in the oil. The house I bowl puts out a crappy 10-10 with a ton of carry down, my silver streak wont turn on the backends for comparison.
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Re: Fuel
« Reply #20 on: March 02, 2003, 10:48:21 AM »
I've been bowling for only 7 months, but I've become ridiculously serious about it. So I bought a Fuel (and 2 other balls, a Fuze Eliminator and a Fuze Navy) on Ebay.

Drilled pin over and right of ring finger, CG slightly right. Designed to break a little earlier and swing to the pocket on mid-heavy and a long pattern.

Out of the box, this seemed a little to long for me on my league conditions, so I took it down to 600. Without a lot of speed, this was too aggressive. With my hands high, I throw 18-19MPH, low (hip) I throw 15-16.5. After polishing the ball, I can throw it off my hip and if I hit my target (5-10) straight down, it CRUSHESSSSSSSS (Gollum would love this ball!) the pocket! (I mean Crushes, in case that wasn't clear). This ball has a beautiful arc and stores power for the winter! And did I mention that it CRUSHES the pocket. Lots of stares (People think a scud has hit). it's so strong that I'm going to go get a similarly drilled 15#.

Great job, do not ignore RG balls. My Eliminator review will be posted shortly.

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Re: Fuel
« Reply #21 on: March 19, 2003, 11:59:51 AM »
Specs: 15 lb., drilled stacked with a weight hole to bring the side weight back to ľ.

This ball worked great for me on a down and in shot.  I carried the world, but I had problems using it in GR because of the lack of oil, so I gave it to my wife about 2 months ago.  This is just what she needed.  It creates so much area, and just blows the pins away.  In the short amount of time she has had this ball, she has shot 8 games of 260 or better, including 297, 757 series in the GR womens city tournament.  I have recommended this ball over and over and over again to friends who throw the ball down and in.  If you throw with this style, donít miss out, great investment for a great ball.
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Re: Fuel
« Reply #22 on: July 08, 2003, 06:24:25 AM »
Yep,me again,this Iím giving a review on the Roto Grip Fuel.The first one!Anywho, I actually got this 2 months ago.I didnít review it,because I hadnít become a member as of yet.Here we go,this ball was bought used.This RG fuel of mine was dull,not a polished one.I had this REDRILLED a 1/2Ēinch ABOVE  were the ďoriginal guysĒ layout was.Mine was the semi usual Low RG strong layout,but this time the 1/4Ēinch shorter than my usual too.Well its my fault for coming in 10 minutes before a pro shop closes,bonehead me.I guess he was in a looked kinda odd,but I donít feel like replugging it again,later I explain why.Iíll give you all the ďReaderís Digest versionĒ.Actually the very first time I threw thing,It was cool.Heck man!I was glad he goofed the 1/4"inch,this ball works real well with our friend the OIL!Ya throw it out,this thing rolls and rolls and then breaks(in a rolling ways).As if someone behind me had a ďremote controlĒ.I had some good 200ís,nothing over 235,but I was ok with my RG!I bowl a few more times within a week and half,same thing!
Darn it!!I forgot the oil stats,here again,didn't I!!That first night was med/heavy oil,these more recent nights were lighter oil.Ok,I was bowling good,NOW the NEW thing Iíve noticed was this Fuel is like an OIL VACUUM ball.They tire you out when the lane dries up a little,so I had to throw it a little harder and faster.Man,I thought my S-Freak got me tired!Oooooooooooooooff!I get splits too!Annnn,no big,that is why I bring other balls.That day was OK.I bowled only one 200 that night,no biggie.Well another test night(TONIGHT,about three hours ago,July 7th)yesterdays kind.I bowled with this again.Medium oil with weird oil splotches.I was told a league was here earlier.Ok,fine,Like I said before this ball works really well with oil and it did it again tonight(July 7th),ur,a,for a awhile.
Doogone if that RG didnít vacuum up the last of the oil.So from now one if the lane starts drying up or I see myself getting tired.Iíll just get a DRY ball or L-oil ball to save my strength for another time.My N-hawk M2 saved me from embarrassing dryness!!Overall rating ď A-ď.Itís a GREAT ball,just keep it the bag for oily days or nights and YOUĒLL BE fine.OH YEAH ALSO INVEST IN A LIGHTER ONE TOO,say ya bowl a "16",use a "15" or "14".Its up to you.I used to have a Top Fuel,but I had a Wrong leverage mistake on it and I sold it the same night,NO REVIEW there,until I buy a brand new one,then Iíll think about. (I know,I know,my drillboy drills or replugs my stuff at least twice a week).On this its my fault too.I have ta remember to take my time when selecting a GOOD leverage shot!Also get to that darn pro shop an hour before they close or earlier.Be cool everyone at B-ball Reviews,Iím gonna go ta Lulabyland now!!


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Re: Fuel
« Reply #23 on: December 09, 2003, 09:59:42 AM »
See profile for more info.....

WOW, I can't believe this ball is being discontinued, but what a nice ball!  More versatile than one would think.

My Fuel is drilled 4 strong in box condition (have polished it as well with nice results).   I bought this ball to combat a HEAVY headed 42 ft 7-7 house shot on an old guardian 18 ft./wood house.  Carrydown is horrendous...especially when they don't strip the backs

Anyhow, ...up 7, this ball does the trick with a nice strong predictable arc/strong arc to the pocket with GREAT continuation!.  This ball hits too good sometimes!

I also have used this ball on brand new Brunswick Pro Anvilanes on a fresh medium-medium heavy shot with screaming backends......

With proper cover prep and a versatile drill, you could use this ball from fresh mediums to heavier shots !   If you need a carrydown fighter, or you have a longer / sloppier shot, go find one, won't be dissapointed !

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Re: Fuel
« Reply #24 on: February 19, 2004, 11:42:34 PM »
2 words describe this ball. " HOLY SHI*T!!!" This is a very versatile ball. I have a lot of bowling balls like the Fuel. But Roto Grip has done something new for me. Its givin me a terrific oil ball. This is one of the best oil balls out there in my opinion. I have pretty much the same specs for this ball as all the others I have. 3.76 top weight 3-4 inch pin. Drilled full board. But it is only 15 pounds. That one less pound lets me put alot more revs on the ball. Which is probably why it hooks so much for me. The Fuel was the ball that got me started in bowling about 2 years ago and it has stuck with me the 2 years. I have thrown many good games with this ball including my 2 600 series when I was 13. The only bad part about this ball is dry lanes. Im bowling on lane 10 and end up standing on lane 7 just to get the ball to the pocket. This is my favorite bowling ball. Too bad its discontinued. I would just like to say that they should have kept producing the Fuel. If you can pick one up DO IT!!!

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Re: Fuel
« Reply #25 on: May 13, 2004, 05:22:55 PM »
Purchased this ball from Jeffrevs on the site and I have been nothing but impressed!  The ball came to me with a 4x4 drilling on it, and the cover was around 600-800.  I toyed around with the ball, threw it a little, and then took it down to a true 600 grit wet-sand.  WOW.  Easily the smoothest ball i've thrown, there is no hint of snap anywhere out of this ball.  Very very aggressive, I find myself being able to open up lanes a little more with this ball, the backend continuation is phenomenal, especially for a dull particle, and the hit at the pindeck is great as well, again especially for a dull particle.  This really can only be thrown on true Heavy oil, and MAYBE a little bit of medium-heavy, anything else lower than that and you'll know to put it up.  Anyone looking for something that will move early and often should give this ball a good long look.
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Re: Fuel
« Reply #26 on: January 30, 2005, 11:26:20 PM »
Ball Specs
Roto Grip- Fuel
15.8lbs after drill
Drilled Sarge Easter
( pic of ball on my profile )
Drilling is I think 12:00 Label Leverage

Lane Conditions used are various. Works the best on medium to heavy conditions obviously since thats what it was made for

Reaction out of the ball was what I expected. With the out of box condition it really made the turn on oil. Scotch Brite to the ball smooths out that snap at the breakpoint a little bit. Just recently polished it with Diamond Gloss and took it out yesterday, very good on medium conditions polished.

This ball has allot of hook. Hooks about a few boards less than Bully with same cover on both. But this ball is allot more controllable.

Control with this ball is iffy. It is very responsive to hand movement and has a tendency to overreact when ball is thrown bad.

Hit with this ball is very nice. It keeps the pins low. I do leave the occasional 10 pin, 9 pin, and also 8 pin. But that is mostly my fault for a little to much hand when thrown.

Readability with this ball is a little unreadable to tell you the truth. Im not really sure if the ball will hold line very well when thrown so I kind of hope for the best when I release it.

Overall this is my favorite ball from Roto. I use this ball at my current house which is known not to oil lanes properly, and damage bowling balls. I only use it there because this ball was my first *high end* ball and it has allot of games on it. I threw my best ( not score wise ) game with this ball, 266. I threw the first 5, left a 4-9, and then struck out. Every shot was flush in the pocket and no cheap messengers. All pins were thrown to the back
This ball gets a 8.9
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Re: Fuel
« Reply #27 on: February 07, 2005, 03:16:59 PM »
Currently carry three from Roto-grip, a Silver Streak, Global Assault and the Fuel.  So far all of the balls exceeded my expectations, but the Fuel by the most.  Drilled it up 4" and it rolls so smooth.  The hook pattern is a half way between an arc and a hard flip.  Carry is incredible, but be prepared to see a lot more 9 pins.  Rate it a 9 out of 10, get one while you can.  They have become harder to come by since they were discontinued.


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Re: Fuel
« Reply #28 on: January 13, 2006, 11:48:40 PM »
First off a little about my style(or lack of). Lefty who's been bowling for about 30 years on and off. Normally I stand 15-20 board swing it out from say 10-11 board to 5 and put a strong finger lift from about 7:00 to 1:00. The house I bowl on is usually med-heavy with carry down from earlier shifts. Most bowlers are using ultimate infernos, backyard bullies or something for more lane oil. I had been using a El Nino 2000 for the last few years and been ave around 220-225 at the end of each season. I've tried alot of other balls(mainly Storm) but always end up back to the 2000. Lately i've been leaving alot of 7 pins flush and 6 pins if high.I decided to get this ball from buddies on closeout for 50.00. I drilled it up to go longer and finish strong 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 I believe. all I can say is that this is the hardest hitting ball i've ever thrown. It's just unbelieveable. Out of the last 3 weeks my games have been 278,258,158,288,226,191,300,226,265. It has got guys coming up to me asking what ball it is, if it's new, where can they get one and so on. I'm telling you this one's a Bad Mutha F'er on the lanes. The only problem is that it does suck up the oil and by game three it's time to bag it usually or split city. Have beat my season high game (300) and series (791) plus my ave now will be over 230. Don't miss the boat because this ball kicks some serious arse!
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