I just picked up a pair of 185 Armada JJs. They're what you would call "well used", but the bases are in good shape - I'm told they haven't seen many base grinds - and the price was right.
So, I get them home and give them the once over and, lo and behold, there's an inch or more of delamination in the tip of one ski. It has a small split down the length of the ski and it's a tad crunchy for about an inch and a half. It's still holding together, mind you, I can't pull layers apart. I'm now wondering how I can save these to get the most out of them. The very worst case is I get a pair of Look PX14s and I toss the JJs out, so I'm not freaking out about this. I'm actually intrigued about how I would go about fixing them.
These are they. The split is on the left ski, on the centre line, to the right of the orange topsheet detail.
You can see the bump underneath the split in this shot ... actually that must be more like two inches.
But this one shows it best.
The damage is a bit more widespread than just that split - it's across the width of the tip heading left from the split, and extending just beyond the broad white section of the topsheet.
Now, here's what I'm thinking. I need to sort of 'splint' the area, and I'm considering a curved stainless plate (like a flat tip protector) - either just on the topsheet, or matching top and bottom. I could drill a few holes part way through in locations that would be covered by the plate, warm the ski to get some epoxy flowing underneath the surface, inject the epoxy into the holes and work the ski a little to get it moving around, then clamp the ski (tough across a curved tip) and wait a couple of days for it to go off. Then I'd continue drilling the holes my plate requires, taking them right the way through the base. With luck I can find a small screw fitting that will look ok.
Just thinking on the fly here. I guess I'll also need to determine if the base PTex has come away from the rest of the ski under the tip. I could cut up a flap (or cut a cross) and get some epoxy in there if so.
Edited by sinbad7 - 11/1/13 at 7:07am