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Best Masters Level Race Tuning Kit?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Hello,

I am in the market for a race tune kit (full set of must have tools, table, and vices) and I would very much appreciate any input on the best way to go. I already have a waxing iron, wax scraper, & wax scraper sharpener.

About me: While I am not new to skiing, I am new to racing (one season under my belt). But I've caught the bug big time though and want to make sure I have everything I will need now and in the future. I have a pair of Elan GSX 182s, and I plan to focus GS and Super G in the Far West Masters (Lake Tahoe ski areas).

On the economics, I'm willing to spend more $ if the value warrants it and it's a tool that I'm going to have for a long time. But if I can get 85-90% of the way there at 1/2 the cost, then that's probably fine.

I have looked at the SVST kits (Masters & World Cup) and based on my research I like what I see. I have a small apartment and may do some of my tuning on the road, so I'm wondering about the Swix T75 Compact Tuning Table.

Questions:

-Is the kit approach better than buying individual items that are best in class (e.g., I've seen Noodler's top tools list).

-Are there other kits out there that are worth considering based on my circumstances?

-Any opinions on what either one of the SVST kits lack that I should consider purchasing separately? For example, would it be better to go with the Masters level kit and buy brand XYZ's tool?

-What items/brands are absolutely mandatory (e.g., it seems there a is really strong preference for Moonflex)?

Thanks for your assistance!
post #2 of 7
I passed on your query to RacerRick of Tools4Boards and as a former Canadian Team downhiller, he'll have better insights than I would. Combining items you want is probably the most economical overall. Either he or I could put together a package discount (for you or anyone) and there is a 20% EpicSki Supporter discount at both sites (SlideWright & Tools4Boards). You can become an EpicSki Supporter by clicking on the Donations tab above.

The Tools4Boards Terminator tuning stand is as portable as it gets and is worth a consideration. There is some info on a recent auction & on our sites.
post #3 of 7
There are plenty of kits out there at different quality levels and price points. Our Deluxe kit contains all the basic necessities at a very competitive price and we do also offer discounts on kit, vise and tuning stand combinations. As Alpinord mentioned as an EpicSki Supporter you would qualify for an additional 20% off the above mentioned discounts. If you're interested in specific high quality items ie. Moonflex or Maplus diamond stones the EpicSki Supporter discount also applies to these items. Whatever brand and items your decide to purchase you're definitely on the right track to improve your overall on-snow experience!
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

Some Additional Analysis

All,

I did some additional analysis on the Race-Werks Masters ($343) and World Cup ($495) kits and a few more questions that I would love to some more input on.

At the bottom is a complete inventory of the World Cup and Masters kits.

The difference between the two kits comes down to the following: the Masters Kit does not have: the 4 Lazer Paner File ($12), the 200 Grit Moonflex Diamond ($33), the 18mm Horsehair ($18), the T2 Pro Stone Kit ($59 value, but wondering if I'll want the Moonflex stone kit and will end up not using this one?), and the large hardwood felt ($21). The World Cup Kit also has 6 oz. extra secret sauce ($15 value difference) and 320g of extra SBC1 Wax ($20 value difference, but I use dominator waxes). The other big difference is that the World Cup kit has the World Cup True Bar vs. the Round True Bar ($69 value difference).

Talking $s, the World Cup kit offers and extra $229 in equipment for $152 more than the Masters ($77 difference).

What I'm wondering if this comes down to though is a) is the World Cup True Bar really worth $69 in value over the true bar that comes with the Masters kit, and b) am I going to end up not wanting to use the T2 stone kit and wanting the Moonflex kit (which costs $132 on race-werks)? Plus, because I'm new to tuning won't the combi stone included in the Masters kit be good enough for me when I'm starting out?

Are the other items that the World Cup kit has really essential?


World Cup Tuning Kit:

The Final Cut Base Beveler
Pro Edge Beveler
World Cup Sidewall Plane
World Cup True Bar 6
8 Lazer Kut File
4 Lazer Panzer File
File Brush and Card
Fine Gummi Stone
200 Grit Moonflex Diamond
8oz. Secret Sauce
1 Spring Clamp
Horsehair Brush 9mm
Horsehair Brush 18mm
Brass Texturing Brush
Supreme Wax Scraper
25 Meter Fiberlene Roll
T2 Pro Stone Kit
Large Hardwood Cork
Large Hardwood Felt
Brake Band Retainers
SBC1 Wax 450g.
SVST Tuning Video
SVST Shop Apron
Tool Box
TOTAL VALUE 673.00
KIT PRICE 495.30
YOU SAVE 177.70
$495.30


Master's Tuning Kit:

The Final Cut Base Beveler
Pro Edge Beveler
World Cup Sidewall Plane
5 Round True Bar
8 Lazer Kut File
File Brush and Card
Fine Gummi Stone
220 Grit SVST Diamond File
Combi Ceramic Stone
2oz. Secret Sauce
1 Spring Clamp
Brass Texturing Brush
Horsehair Brush 9mm
Supreme Wax Scraper
Hardwood Waxing Cork
25 Meter Fiberlene Roll
Brake Band Retainers
SBC1 Wax 130g.
SVST Tuning Video
SVST Shop Apron
Tool Box
TOTAL VALUE 452.00
KIT PRICE 343.62
YOU SAVE 108.38
$343.62
post #5 of 7
Whatever you do ..... buy the darned bench. We got the full Holmenkoln kit .... everything .... except the bench.

By the time I got done with Home Depot .... legs, lumber and fasteners, I saved about $1.32.

post #6 of 7
How did this end?
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
I ended up piecing my own kit together, and I'm glad I did and avoided purchasing stuff that was either overkill (e.g., $70 trubar).
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