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Drilling a hole in COOMBA for pre-cut K2 skins

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Ok, so I am looking for new skins for my K2 Coomba's, K2 makes a pre-cut skin for the new Coomback and it's the same dimensions as my Coomba. The problem is the clip they designed to attach the skin to the tip of the ski is meant to go through a hole in the tip, which my Coomba doesnt have. I am thinking about buying the K2 skins and just drilling a hole in the tip of my ski, am I crazy or does this make sense to anyone else? Thoughts?

 

Sean

post #2 of 7

You could drill a hole in the tip.  It's not hard and shouldn't damage the ski if you use a decent bit.  You could also get a skin at a great price from climbingskinsdirect.com and trim it to fit.  It's also not hard.

post #3 of 7

Drilling a hole in the tips won't be a big deal. Just seal it with slow-cure epoxy when you're done and it will be fine.

post #4 of 7

This is probably good advice.  I planned on sealing the edges when I drilled holes and cut the tails off of skis.  In practice, I found after using sharp tools that there was no where for the epoxy to go.  There was no de-lamination and the cut was clean.  In my case no wood was exposed and I never had a problem with water getting in.  If there had been, I might have had to dremel the wood out it out to give the epoxy a home.  One technique used in boat building is to over-drill the hole, plug it completely with epoxy and drill the correct size hole in the epoxy plug.
 

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Originally Posted by Sinecure View Post

Drilling a hole in the tips won't be a big deal. Just seal it with slow-cure epoxy when you're done and it will be fine.



 

post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 

I bought a pair of G3 skins and cut them myself they work fine, but I don't really like the D ring that loops over the tip of the ski, snow gets in and more then once I have to stop and re-attach the skins, not the end of the world but not what I want to spend my time on. I thought I would seal the hole with rubber a two stage epoxy, it doesnt need to be a large hole, the K2 skin has this flat metal piece that comes up and secures the skin. Glad to know I'm not crazy for thinking this up!

 

Thanks

post #6 of 7

As a bonus, once you drill holes in the tips, you'll be halfway there toward building your backcountry rescue toboggan.

 

http://www.wildsnow.com/628/drilling-holes-in-skis/

 

IMG_7826-hole.jpg

 

Article on one way to build a sled: http://www.nspnj.org/faher_flyer.html

 

A video on how to build one:

 

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 

Great tip! I saw the video a few months back when K2 was releasing all the new product for the year. I think I'm going to do this Saturday, as I'm back in Florida till the end of January. Thanks!

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