Originally Posted by quant2325
If the odds of breaking were 80%-90% there would have been major lawsuits about the ski from a simple remount regardless of warranty, yet that has never happened in the USA or Europe (where the ski is still being made).
Why on earth would there be a lawsuit due to a product being modified in a way that was not intended? It was not like this was hidden. Shop techs were trained just as they were with any binding mount process. As stated in my previous post, it was clearly stated in the manual that was shrink wrapped to the ski, as it voided the warranty. You are correct – there were no lawsuits over this. We only had one lawsuit in our entire history – some bone head ignored a slow skiing area and literally jumped off of a bump and into a lift line. The guy who got hit/hurt said the skis were like knives. He lost that suit.
Remounting was always a concern. We would never include a remounted ski in our demo sales at the end of the season, and having one in the truck made you nervous if you put it out on the snow on demo. I loved the product (I still do and will continue to ski them until my remaining quiver is dead) and want you to as well. I have absolutely no reason to lie to you about this – just telling you how it is.
There are (were) three different Volant drill bits – the early bits (before the skis had the binding platforms) were both hardened and shorter. These bits came in two different sizes. One was primarily used for the FX-1 and FW-1 – they were the thinnest skis, especially in short lengths. Techs were trained to grind off the last two threads on the mounting screws as to not dimple the bases (very very common – in the FX series skis). When the binding platforms were installed, the bits went to a normal length. If you drilled them at a slow speed, you could get a ton of holes out of a bit. Drilling slow was crucial – you could delam a section of the top sheet if you got things too hot. As well, the binding platforms were soft enough that the collar stop on the bit could dig in to it and cause depth issues with the bit (dimpled bases again – but only on short skis).
There was a feel to it – once the bit started to cut, you could almost punch them through the top sheet. In a bind you could absolutely use a regular non volant bit – but you again have to drill slow and use a cutting oil. You will trash the bit quickly.
The Volant tap was a blunt tip/short depth tap. Using a regular off the shelf hardware store tap, you again have a high risk of dimpling the base.
Once you got comfortable with the process, you could drill and tap using a power drill for both processes. We used to assembly line demo skis for the vans/hummers in the fall – one guy drilling, one guy tapping, one guy shooting screws – all using power drills. Cordless was fine – that was all we had both at the factory and in the trucks (Dewalt).
I usually agree with finding another shop if you are having issues – but it has been decades since these skis were in the shops - cant fault them for not knowing or having the bits.
Ugh… now I feel old.
Sorry for the long post.