Spalding 88454G 54" Glass In-Ground Basketball System

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Spalding 88454G 54" Glass In-Ground Basketball System

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54" Glass Backboard. 4" Steel Pole
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54" Glass Backboard. 4" Steel Pole
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Backboard is weak link

We purchased the Spalding 88454G system in July 2016 for our 10 and 12yr old boys and I installed it in August. Install was pretty straightforward and the system worked great until March 2017. At that time, our 10 yr old was shooting and the glass shattered. No dunking or hard play and certainly nothing was thrown at the goal other than a basketball. I contacted Spalding and they immediately sent out a replacement backboard. Great customer service and the new backboard was delivered within 3 days of my call. A+ Well, that new goal lasted about 6 weeks before it shattered as well. I called Spalding back and no dice on helping with a replacement. I had to pay full price for a new board (I opted for the plexiglass vs real glass this time). I was disappointed they would not even offer a small discount. After the first glass broke, I went through everything to make sure I did not over torque the bolts or inadvertently messed up with the original install. Everything was per directions and the 2nd install was textbook. I'm not sure why the glass keeps breaking but I will never buy another glass backboard and certainly could not recommend this model to anyone.


Definetaly a project to install but end result is that it's very sturdy and easy to lower or rise. The picture shows lower net but not at its lowest

Good Product, lousy instructions

Good product at a great price, looks great after assembly. Adjusts up and down very easily, great for our six year old. Instructions were horrible - basically pictures only - but if you're handy at all it can be figured out pretty easily. Took two weekends to put up, but we spread out the work to let the concrete dry better. The backboard, pole and concrete are heavy - at least two strong adults are required, preferably three when installing the backboard. A tip - the pole fits into a sleeve which is embedded in concrete. The sleeve is not as long as the hole is deep, so we set it on a sand base directly under the sleeve and propped up the sleeve with rebar before adding the concrete, which later helped to support the pole as the concrete set. Also added some more rebar into the concrete - it's cheap and really strengthens the concrete. Lastly, after installation is done, caulk where the pole enters the concrete with flexible silicone caulk - it will minimize the amount of water entering the sleeve embedded in the ground.

Excellent Glass backboard at Reasonable Price

We paid about $550.00 USD for this system. It is not easy to put in but I actually was able to do it myself over 3-days. Only 5-6 hrs of work but concrete needs to cure overnight on two different steps (post support and filling of the actual post). The filled post weighs 200 lbs or so and it's awkward to get into the ground sleeve so it would be good to have an extra person to set the post and help lift the backboard onto the support Started on a Fri eve and was able to play Sunday. My kids and neighbors love it. Only downside is the backboard seems a little small. Go for a larger backboard if you have the room and extra cash

Ground sleeve system is Terrible

Buy another system. Gorrilla makes a nice easy to install system. Bought this and it was an absolute night mare. The pole does not want to go back into ground sleeve and even when it does it will ALWAYS have a wobble. I wish I could have given 0 stars.
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