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Adjusting bindings to new boots (do-it-yourself?)

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
So I got some new boots, and I dont really know much about bindings so I was wondering if I should get my bindings profesionally adjusted to my new boots, or if I could do it myself?

Also, since I will probably get my good skis adjusted professionally(depending on what you guys say), I was wondering if I could do it myself for my rock/backyard jump skis? I looked at them and all I have to do is lift up a little tab and the heel piece slides all around. How would I go about adjusting the heel piece to the new boots, and if I just slid it up to the heel of the boots, would it be safe?

Lastly, do shops charge you for adjusting bindings, and if so, how much?

post #2 of 5
Yes you can- to a point. Lift the tab, slide the heel piece back. Put the toe of the boot in the toe piece. Slide the heel piece forward. Notice the little tab that will sit under the boot heel? Slide it under that far and lower the boot heel onto it. The back of the heel will touch or barely touch the rest of the heel piece. Snap the boot into place. do the ears of the heel piece touch the back of the boot? IF so- not good. Those little ears should almost touch. Redo the tab of the heel piece until you see the little ears almost touch the back of the boot.

Now......... Look at the side of the boot while the boot is in the binding. In the middle of the boot almost underneath there is a little verticle mark- kind of hard to see. does this mark still line up with the middle mark on the ski? If so- you're good to go! if the mark on the boot is to the rear of the middle mark on the ski.... not good.

Can your toe piece move forward or is it stationary? If it can't move, yoiu then will need to redrill the bindings.

If a shop does this for you, they usually will not charge to reposition the heel piece, if the middle marks align. They will, however, charge you for an ASTM test, which they must legally do. that is usually around $15. If they have to redrill, that is usually around $25 which includes the ASTM testing.
post #3 of 5
Don't just try to jam your boot in to see if it fits.This can and does/has break bindings.Or can leave you with no release..or a ski coming off.It is also trut that you may need no adjustment.
You need a bench/old piece of carpet/wood/grass/snow etc.Don't even think about doing this on a concrete floor.
Back off the heelpiece as far as it will go.
Slide the boot up to the toe piece.The toe of the boot should go under the wings..you may have to raise the toe piece.The front of the toe on the boot(horizontal) should touch the back part of the toe piece.There is often a little pad there.You may have to adjust the wings..if there are any..to get the toe of the boot to slide far enough forward.You may again have to adjust the wings to just touch the sides of the boot.Check or adjust the toe height.There should be a tiny bit of clearance between the anti friction plate and the boot sole.
Take the boot out.Slide the heelpiece as far forward as it will go.Place the boot..without your foot in it..gently into the toepiece..it should be VERY obvious that you simply could not get into/step into this binding.If it looks like you can easily step in..this could mean a remount is neccessary.If it is obvious that the heelpiece has to be moved back..good.You want to move the heelpiece back so that you can/could JUST step into the binding.The idea here is..when you step in..you force the heelpiece BACKWARD against spring pressure.Now as you continue stepping down..the heelpiece continues to exert a forward spring pressure against the rear of the boot.Most bindings have a little mark..to indicate that the forward pressure adjustment is ok.Too much and the binding may not release.Too little..and it will come off.

No problem if ya can't figger it out..feel free to ask/read my other posts/p/m me/email me..

This is not that hard to do..

I reccommend that you self-release test(click in/out).

post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 
Hey thanks guys,

I'll definatley try and adjust my backyard/rock ski bindings myself, but I think I'll take my good skis to a shop until I feel a little bit more comfortable adjusting the bindings. I'll just be throwing straight airs and 180's off a 2 foot kicker in my yard : so I dont even think its a huge deal if my adjustments are a little off.

Ill try it out later today, and ill def. ask you guys if i need more help.

thanks again,

post #5 of 5
What bindings do you have?
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