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Incorrectly Mounted Bindings

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
How concerned should I be about a somewhat incorrectly mounted binding? Specifically, one of the bindings that I had mounted at a ski shop is angled off center going lengthwise on the ski. In other words, the heel is centered but the toe piece is about 3/16" to the left of center on the left ski. It is sort of "canted". I thought they used jigs for this procedure. I didn't mount them myself because I was afraid I might do something like this and instead I paid someone else to screw it up for me.

Should I take the skis back to the shop or am I worried about nothing but a minor error? Your expert opinions please.
post #2 of 14
I would take them back.
post #3 of 14
Take them back and make them give you a new set of skis mounted correctly.
post #4 of 14
What those guys said.

Take them back and tell the shop to do it right. Tell them you don't want them just to remount on the same skis. You bought new skis, not skis with an extra set of mounting holes in one of them.
post #5 of 14
1/16, no biggie.

1/8, I'd consider griping.

3/16, I'd definitely feel justified in bitching.

This has happened to me BTW, but I ended up selling the skis w/o bindings so the buyer could do it right.
post #6 of 14
Anyone else curious as to why this wasn't caught during the release test?
post #7 of 14
Why wouldn't they release? A binding can be mounted on a skew and still function correctly, the ski just won't point the way it's s'posed to.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by xdog1
Why wouldn't they release? A binding can be mounted on a skew and still function correctly, the ski just won't point the way it's s'posed to.
I wasn't writing of function, just that the tech is assumed to take pains and be attentive to detail. But, now that you mention it, if the heelpiece is straight and the toepiece is off, wouldn't that preload one of the wings?
post #9 of 14
what really makes me wonder is why the shop didnt use a jig? what kind of binding was it anyway?
post #10 of 14
Duke, what if they -had- used a jig, only one of the rubber/plastic pads on the sidewall grip arms was distorted or missing at the toepiece? The heelpiece would be centered _but_ skewed at an almost imperceptible angle (doing away with release worries, but!)
post #11 of 14
I have never had any of my bindings mounted perfectly centered. Maybe in alignment off- center somewhat. Not off alignment more than 1/32 or so. You want to hear me bitch about ski shop work? Its a shame. Shops here in Central PA are not accountable because a lot of the work done is for intermediate and below skiers that dont know when to hold the shop accountable, so it continues. My new mounts have pre -drilled plates so they are good. Except you may have heard me complain here about the tech not adjusting the Din on one of my toes. Gawd!
post #12 of 14
Check your skis again, to be sure the bindings are mis-aligned with the ski. I recently had some Volant skis w/ integrated risers mounted, and noticed that the binding toe pieces weren't aligned with the risers. I mentioned it to the shop tech, and he (correctly) pointed out that the binding was aligned with the ski; it was the riser plate that wasn't mounted on the ski straight.

It was only off by about 1/8" at the toepiece, and there's plenty of riser material surrounding the screws in the bindings, so I didn't bother with trying to return the skis for new ones (with hopefully straight risers).
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
It just so happens they are Volants with risers. I did however check the skew against the edges as well as against the risers. The risers appear centered.

I guess I will take them back and talk to the shop. Thanks for your input.
post #14 of 14
[quote=El Chupacabra]...the binding was aligned with the ski; it was the riser plate that wasn't mounted on the ski straight.[quote]

Good Tech!

Another instance where the mounting may be correct but appear to be off is when the top-sheet graphics on the skis are slightly mis-aligned/askew. In that case, the mount may be correct, but the bindings are not exactly lined up with the graphics resulting in an optical illusion.
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