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Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2014
I purchased this backboard and goal along with model 1044 conversion kit. Let me preface all this by saying I read the instructions and I matched the parts to the parts list to ensure I was grabbing the correct parts.
The first problem I had is that the conversion kit came with two left brackets and no right bracket. Lifetime shipped me the correct replacement part.
Finally got around to my second attempt at assembly only to find that the axle that the rim mounts on was 1/4" shorter than what the parts list said it was supposed to be. Lifetime again shipped me out a replacement part. I received it, verified that its the length called out in the parts list, but after much struggle have concluded that another 1/4" of length would make it much easier to complete this step. I got the push nut onto the axle but it looks like its about to slip off.
Just encountered my third problem. Tried to attach the extension arms to the backboard but the hex bolts won't fit all the way through the extension arms. The diameter of the bolts are not consistent throughout the length. I have an old and somewhat similar Lifetime backboard and goal that I'm attempting to replace. It has the same extension arms. When I grab the old but somewhat rusty bolts from the old unit, the bolts work fine so I will just use those. Not good if you don't happen to have an old unit you are replacing.
Lastly, don't be fooled by the name "Lifetime Products". Yes, the old unit lasted over ten years, but the reason I'm replacing it is that the plastic (acrylic?) part of the backboard started to come loose from the frame and rattle every time a basketball hit it. I don't know where the products used to be made 10+ years ago, but now they say made in China. Perhaps this is why the quality control is poor.