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Recommended Tuning Kit

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I'm looking to get a quality but transportable set of tools for tuning my own skis.

Anyone sell a quality kit with most everything you need.

So far what I see is you can get a kit for a couple of hundred or just one very good tool for a couple of hungred. Is there a middle ground.

I don't like buying twice - I'd rather pay more the first time and not have to fool with it again.

Or is the best approach build your own kit from seperates.
post #2 of 15
Never really seen a decent kit, so your best choice is your last choice. If it is strictly a
travel kit, go minimal. Have your skis in good
shape before traveling. Do a search for ideas
on what this kit might include.
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by John J:
Never really seen a decent kit, so your best choice is your last choice. If it is strictly a
travel kit, go minimal. Have your skis in good
shape before traveling. Do a search for ideas
on what this kit might include.
That's what I was afraid of. Thanks!

There is no ski shop around here at all.

Any recommended good sources, internet or store based. I'll be in Mammoth this weekend and Summit County the first weekend in April. Any good stores with knowledgeable staff for tunning supplies.

Also, good reference literature on the art of tuning skis?

Thanks
post #4 of 15
www.tognar.com has a wide selection of tools for sale as well as tons of tips.

www.reliableracing.com also has a good selection of tools too.
post #5 of 15
www.ski-racing.com

Some of the BEAST tools are pretty good.
post #6 of 15
And www.artechski.com Best tuning books. World Class Tuning (Michael Howden) Alpine Ski Manual
(Swix) Stay minimal. Ski shops are not generally the best place for tuning tools and supplies. Full retail, hey, they are not in the biz for you to do your own work. These four businesses listed are generally small, at least two are family business. The Tognar website and catalog have a lot of good advice.
Did I see you are going to Mammoth? Footloose is an excellent shop. They are at the heart of
bootfitting lineage (Sven Coomer----Corty Lawrence).
post #7 of 15
I carry a small tool kit that has an SKS Multituner for filing and honing the side edges, a Beast 1 degree file guide for the base edges, a couple of diamond stones (coarse and fine) that fit in the side filer, a plastic scraper 60 g box of Swix Universal wax and couple of 4" scraps of 14 gauge Romex to hold the brakes out of the way. I like the SKS side filer because it holds files and stones securely enough that I can use it without a vise when I need to. I also carry a coarse stone (actually a broken scrap of a griding wheel) in my pocket to knock down burrs whenever I find them. The whole thing fits in golf ball box (Maxfli Noodle), and cost maybe $80 or $100.

The weak link is that I don't carry an iron, but my Mom won't let me take her good iron out of the house. We have an iron on the wax bench at the mountain anyway.

I have more tools for working on the bases and repairing core shots, but I really don't use them much anymore, and I never take them with me when travel.

Regards, John
post #8 of 15
I'll second Artech ski. They have high quality stuff at the cheapest prices around. They also sell name brand stuff at lower prices. Not sure how they pull that off, but they do.

Some shameless self-promotion: I put up a picture guide to tuning skis Here It's got all the basics, you should check it out.
post #9 of 15
I love some of the tools I picked up from Race Werks

They are one of the only places to pickup Moonflex diamond stones.

When I travel I take an SVST Pro Beveler, a clamp, a crappy old extra course Swix diamond stone to knock off burrs, a 400 grit Moonflex, a small nylon brush to clean the files, some Swix universal wax or CH 7, and a Wax Wizard which works better then cork.

I use water to wet the stones when travelling so I don't have to bring alcohol or diamond stone solutions.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by dipstik:
I'll second Artech ski. They have high quality stuff at the cheapest prices around. They also sell name brand stuff at lower prices. Not sure how they pull that off, but they do.

Some shameless self-promotion: I put up a picture guide to tuning skis Here It's got all the basics, you should check it out.
Nice shots - I'll study all this in the morning.

I had stumbled on that wax wizard before. Looked like an interesting solution. Thanks for the feed back.

Thanks for all the responses, truly a wealth of information from the shared mass mind!

(the sad thing is or ironic, now that I'm sorta hooked on skiing and want to tune my own skis I can't remember much of anything from a tuning workshop I attended as part of a camp I was at. The guy giving the workshop was some sort of Master tuner that works for Atomic with their sponsered racers. - duh - I should have taped it)

- or -

I should just build a mountain here in Indiana so I wouldn't have to go so far for a good ski shop.
post #11 of 15
Do a search here as we love to talk about tuning.

If you don't find something, ask us.
post #12 of 15
Artech is the place to go. Great stuff and fast service. We placed an order last monday evening and had the order on Wednesday. Granted I'm only a 2 hour drive from them.

They are the ones you should buy from. If your on the west coast, Tognar may be faster for you. My last order from them took about 8 day's to get here.
post #13 of 15
Quote:
Originally posted by Scalce:
Do a search here as we love to talk about tuning.

If you don't find something, ask us.
Scalce, I've one for you:

http://www.skiwax.ca/index_tools.php

Check out the Thermo Bag for high-F applications, but also notice the FELT tuner for your earlier shovel-edge query.
post #14 of 15
That bag is sweet but not for $6,899.00

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What is the felt tuner? I couldn't find it.
post #15 of 15
Quote:
Originally posted by Scalce:
That bag is sweet but not for $6,899.00



What is the felt tuner? I couldn't find it.
Mea culpa, FETS, directly underneath the adjustable multituner.

Besides, it is $CDN, you know.

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