Finally mounted the railflex II platesJust wanted to follow up on my thread from the end of last season and let you know that I finally got up the nerve, got the right tools, and mounted up a set of railflex II plates on my 179cm K2 Public Enemys.
Overall it was a bit nerve wracking but not hard at all. Plates serve as their own template and you just need to be careful about your measurements and get the plate onto the center of the ski before marking for the holes.
I highly recommend buying a binding mounting drill bit. Makes it unecessary to set the depth for the holes. The drill bit stops itself when the proper depth is reached.
Didn't take any pictures, but I'll try to work you through the steps of the process:
1. Clamp ski to workbench.
2. Apply painters tape to the top of the ski to make marking the layout lines easy.
3. Mark a line across the ski where you want the center of the plate to be.
4. Measure the ski width in 3 places and draw a center line down the middle of the ski.
6. Double check all of your measurements.
7. Triple check all of your measurements.
5. Align the plate based on your layout lines and mark the location of the 8 holes you need to drill.
6. Center punch the hole locations so that the drill bit won't wander as you start to drill.
7. Say a prayer and drill the holes. I used a hand drill and it worked fine.
8. Cleaned up the edges of the holes with a razor blade so there wasn't any stray plastic.
9. Put a drop of glue in each hole. I used Gorilla Glue, but any waterproof glue would work fine.
10. Align front of the Railflex plate and screw the 4 screws in part way.
11. Break off the two washer like tabs on the front two holes of the plate by pushing down on the plate. You will hear a snap when they do break off. They break off and stay in the screw hole of the plate. Don't break them off and discard them before mounting the plate!
12. Tighten the screws down to just hand tight. Don't overtighten or you may strip the holes.
13. Repeat steps 9-12 with the back portion of the plate.
14. Snap on the plate covers and you are done.
1st ski took about 1 hour because I was nervous and hadn't done it before. Second one only took about 20 minutes because I felt like I knew what I was doing.
Skied the PE's on Monday and loved them. No issues at all with the plates I mounted.
All in all, was very easy to do and I won't hesitate to do it again.