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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 

So I purchased a new pair of Rossi S7's and Marker Jester Bindings. I bought them online from different places and now I need to match em up. I have never mounted bindings before. I this something I can tackle on my own or should I just let a ski shop handle it?

post #2 of 23

Let a ski shop handle it for sure.

post #3 of 23

Let's see $60 or so or possibly ruined skis?   Hmmmmmmmmmmm?

post #4 of 23

If you have to ask, you should already know the answer

post #5 of 23
I guess it depends on who you ask:
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Ok I agree I might not be relevant in this case (after mounting probably more then few 1000 bindings in those years when I was in WC business, things are pretty damn simple wink.gif), but nevertheless, I think that anyone, who is handy enough to be able to drill few holes and screw in few screws, won't have problems mounting bindings, even without real jig.

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For the record, I recommend that the OP take 'em to the shop. Or to me if he's in northern NM. cool.gif
post #6 of 23

Ya, unless you've seen it done by an experienced pro and are pretty handy I don't recommend trying it yourself on a brand new pair of skis.  Try the DIY method on a pair of beat up rock skis or two before blowing through a brand new pair..

post #7 of 23

Pretty straightforward process if you have a decent template (http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php/153971-Binding-Mount-Paper-Templates), a power drill and a man card.  Jondrums has also posted tutorial videos (http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php/153971-Binding-Mount-Paper-Templates?p=2562026#post2562026).  I will, however, echo the recommendation that you do a trial run on a 2x4.

post #8 of 23

$60 on the closest ski shop... will probably include edges and wax! So don`t risk your $700+ equipment for less than 10% of  the price

post #9 of 23

Around here it's closer to $40.  If that's too much for you, and/or you're a seriously competent do-it-yourselfer, you could attempt it yourself.  Look inside your soul and decide if you'd like to take on this aspect of responsibility for your safety.  If you do, you'll probably need close to $40 worth of drill bits, taps, glue, etc. to do the job right.  If you already own all that's needed, you're likely a good candidate.  At least you won't let some shop kid screw up your skis.

post #10 of 23
Thread Starter 

Well you have talked me out of doing this myself. My first ski week is planned for the first week in December. We are staying in Silverthorne and skiing Vail, Keystone, and Copper Mtn. Give me some good suggestions on where I should take my skis in that area? Thanks

post #11 of 23
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At least you won't let some shop kid screw up your skis.

 

Quoted for truth.  Some pretty amusing "shop rat trashed my skis" stories out there.  MJ + drilling skis = problems...

post #12 of 23

The first and last time I mounted my bindings was in the 1970s with a pair of Look/Nevada N17. No jig, no template and due to drill wander one of the toe pieces was off centre by about 1/8th inch. Fortunately the N17 toe piece had toe wings that where adjustable using a set screw so I was able to compensate for my incompetence.

post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by Xela View Post

If you do, you'll probably need close to $40 worth of drill bits, taps, glue, etc. to do the job right.  If you already own all that's needed, you're likely a good candidate.  At least you won't let some shop kid screw up your skis.

 

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Quoted for truth.  Some pretty amusing "shop rat trashed my skis" stories out there.  MJ + drilling skis = problems...

 

Money/cost isn't the main reason I do all of my ski work at home.  I live three hours away from any ski resorts.  There's an alpine shop in Raleigh about 30 minutes away, but I hardly ever get to that side of the metroplex.  And, as mentioned there is no guarantee that whoever might be working there on the odd day/year/decade that I felt up to making two round trips there (over two hours total driving time).. there's no guarantee that the high school kid there would do better than my barely satisfactory but frugal efforts. 

post #14 of 23
If you have the skills to do it, why not. As a carpenter I have enough confidence in myself and my abilities to drill a few holes in some skis. I have less confidence in some kids at a shop doing a base grind let alone mounting my bindings. Although my very first mount I practiced on a 2x4, mounted the bindings and compared hole location when I marked my skis for drilling. Measure 3 times cut/drill once.
post #15 of 23
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We are staying in Silverthorne and skiing Vail, Keystone, and Copper Mtn. Give me some good suggestions on where I should take my skis in that area?

 

Precision Ski in Frisco - a few minutes from Silverthorne, on the way to Copper and Vail.

 

http://summitactivities.com/ads/precisionSkiGolf.php

post #16 of 23

I have had a bad experience with Precision Ski on mounting bindings.  Try 'A Racers Edge' in Breckenridge if you want your bindings mounted correctly at a very fair price. http://www.aracersedgebreck.com/

post #17 of 23

For those willing to accept the risks and rewards, handy enough to drill some holes and pondering whether or not to mount your own bindings, we put together a few posts in our weblog tips:

 

 

And for stainless steel binding inserts:

 


Edited by Alpinord - 11/24/15 at 7:26am
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For those willing to accept the risks and rewards, handy enough to drill some holes and pondering whether or not to mount your own bindings, we put together a few posts in our weblog tips:

 

 

And for stainless steel binding inserts:

 

 

I'm about to place an order with you for a few tools to mount my own.    Drill bit, tap and handle...what am I forgetting?

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I'm about to place an order with you for a few tools to mount my own.    Drill bit, tap and handle...what am I forgetting?

 

SF, you will need a beer after this traumatic experience to calm your nerves. beercheer.gif

 

A drill stop is not a bad option if you don't have one around. A drill guide if you aren't confident about keeping a hand drill near vertical.

post #20 of 23
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SF, you will need a beer after this traumatic experience to calm your nerves. beercheer.gif

 

A drill stop is not a bad option if you don't have one around. A drill guide if you aren't confident about keeping a hand drill near vertical.

 

I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn last night but I have changed my oil and spark plug wires recently so I think I can handle it.   I've practiced on a chunk of wood with a template from Binding Freedom.  No worries. 

post #21 of 23
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Well you have talked me out of doing this myself. My first ski week is planned for the first week in December. We are staying in Silverthorne and skiing Vail, Keystone, and Copper Mtn. Give me some good suggestions on where I should take my skis in that area? Thanks

A Racer's Edge, Breck. 970 453 7600. Competent pros. No kids drilling skis.
post #22 of 23
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I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn last night but I have changed my oil and spark plug wires recently so I think I can handle it.   I've practiced on a chunk of wood with a template from Binding Freedom.  No worries. 

wink.gif I know. You still should have a barley pop....just in case. Hopefully, this'll be a good year to have a few after a Kachina or Palmyra assault, eh?

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A Racer's Edge, Breck. 970 453 7600. Competent pros. No kids drilling skis.

 

2 votes for A Racers Edge icon14.gif Great, professional service.

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wink.gif I know. You still should have a barley pop....just in case. Hopefully, this'll be a good year to have a few after a Kachina or Palmyra assault, eh?

 

 

 

Barley Pop.  Funny. Never heard that one.   I'll be skiing and racing around Summit County again this season but do plan to ski some at Telluride and Taos. 

 

MastersRacer is on to something...this racing stuff is FUN.  

 

I have noticed that when I ski with you we get deep powder.  Might be a good idea to try to hook up for that pop and hike. I've yet to climb Palmyra.

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