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post #1 of 7
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How easy is it to adjust bindings for oneself? I've got a new pair of skis coming and I've always just taken skis in to get the bindings adjusted to my boots. How easy is it to fit bindings? Anything I should know? I'll be dealing with Look NX10s.
post #2 of 7
It is very easy to do, but also so cheap to get a shop to do it that it's not worth the peace of mind you will loose over warranty considerations. If you do it yourself, don't forget to adjust forward pressure as well as all the fitting features.
post #3 of 7
please do not attempt binding adjustment by yourself. most shops charge around 40 dollars for a mount adjustment and test. it is well worth the price. to hell with the warranty. if you do it wrong chances are a voided warranty will be the least of your issues
post #4 of 7
Easy to mount bindings if you have the right jig, a good bench and vice, a proper set of drill bits, a drill with a torque setting or a torque wrench. Oh and the right screws to mount the binding properly one you have set the jig properly, drilled the guide holes, drilled the mounting holes etc etc.

In other words it is easier, cheaper and safer to get a shop to do it.

If you have access to all the above, remember the tradesman's mantra: "measure three times, cut (drill) once".
post #5 of 7
This falls under the category..."If you have to ask...."
post #6 of 7
adjusting DIN and forward pressure is easy. the problem is you may void the warranty and also limit your ability to collect damages should you be injured as a result of defective bindings. If you have the shop do it, you have one more guy to sue if you're injured. If you do yourself, you give the manufacturer more ammunition against you in a lawsuit. They can say you caused the problem yourself, and even if the bindings were defective, you would have known that if you had them serviced and release checked by one of their crack rocket surgeon shop rats. It depends on how lucky you feel i guess.

if the bindings aren't mounted and you don't have a jig and have no idea what you're doing, probably best to have a shop do it and not risk ruining your skis in addition to all the previously mentioned stuff.
post #7 of 7
You will die if you adjust your bindings yourself.

Well, actually, I'm pretty sure you'll die (eventually) even if you don't.

Mounting is either:

(a) Really easy with most bindings that are part of an integrated system with plates/tracks/whatever. You can mount Atomic bindings to Atomic plates in about 8 minutes, and that's allowing time for for ponderous contemplations along the lines of "Did I do that right?," as well as some time to figure out you can't put the boot in when the little metal deal that holds the brakes up is in the way. You should have one "specialized" piece of equipment: a pozidrive screwdriver.

(b) A bit tricky and (more importantly) light on margin for error if you have the "old-fashioned" set up where you drill holes in the ski.

I do (a) myself. I don't do (b): it's not rocket science, but I have visions of a drill bit emerging from a pristine base in a manner akin to the first appearance of the Alien in the eponymous movie.

Forward Pressure adjustments are easy with all current bindings (I think) if you know what indicator you're supposed to be looking at. If you don't, it's haphazard and silly. Oh yeah:
While not indicatorcorrect
take the boot out
put the boot back in
check the indicator

Release (aka "DIN") adjustments are easy to make. It isn't executing the adjustment that might cause trouble, it's deciding what the adjustment should be. You have options as to who makes that decision, ranging from a (i) a kid working for minimum wage who reads a simple chart, to (ii) someone with decades of skiing experience and intimate knowledge of your skiing habits, previous injuries, previous experience with the exact same bindings, and the current status of your various aches and pains, to (iii) someone with a testosterone-fueled belief that higher settings mean you're a better skier. Okay, you're typically stuck with one or the other of (ii) or (iii), but you can always choose (i) if you so desire.
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