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Mounting Bindings

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
I just bought my daughter a pair of Dynastar twin tip skis with Look bindings. Its the Marie Pro model. The cost was $199!

I'm motivated to try and mount the bindings myself, not so much to save money, but I'm pretty sure if I take them to a shop, they will make me wait a week or so, and right now we have snow and here in the banana belt that is always a fleeting thing.

The bindings would be a flat mount. I'm thinking of the boots she has have a midpoint on the sole and I match this up if the ski is marked at mid point, I could get the bindings positioned correctly.(I'd probably move it up 1 cm for her). The next thing is drilling the holes after marking the spots. Is there more to drilling a ski without a jig than meets the eye?

How bad of an idea is this ?
post #2 of 9
Personally, I would not mount a binding freehand for someone else, let alone myself.
post #3 of 9
slide the tech a rack of beer and they'll get'em done.

I mount my own and have for years, but there is a large collection of little bits of wisdom and tools and jigs that has collected over that time. I was inspired at an early age by watching my father mount Cubco's on Head Standards. That was THE COOL setup. That involved not only mounting the toe and heel pieces on the skis, but also steel receivers/adapters that got screwed onto the toe and heel of the boot. If memory serves, you had to get the binding mount just right for the pair of boots you were using as there was no for/aft adjustment in the binding.

Yes, it can be done freehand but I am with Phil-
post #4 of 9
Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
Personally, I would not mount a binding freehand for someone else, let alone myself..unless they are Nava's.
Corrected. Besides, its not like they can release anyway.
post #5 of 9
Freehand mounts are difficult. Even I use at least plexiglass templates as jigs. I think if they were your skis, and your leg on the line, no problem. Doing this for your daughter? If ANYTHING were to happen, your fault or not, I wouldn't want to be in your shoes explaining to mom.
post #6 of 9
For a measly $40 its a pretty bad idea, IMHO.
post #7 of 9
It does not take much of an error to mismount a set of bindings so that the soles are not square to the tips. If you are very accurate with tools, go ahead. If your use of tools usually involves a screw-driver and hammer, forget it.
post #8 of 9
Easy to self-mount if you're handy with tools and careful.

Look at the Tognar Toolworks catalog for the needed tools. If any of the Epic supporting companies offer any tools you need, please buy from them.

You'll need a drill bit very close in size to 3.6mm for adult skis, or 3.5mm for junior gear. Set the depth stop at 9mm for adults or 7mm for kids. Give the hole a light touch with a countersink to remove any raised part. Tapping the hole is needed if the skis have a metal plate and highly recommended for fiberglass to give the screws more hold. The tap needed is #12AB. A drop of waterproof glue in each hole and tighten with a #3 Pozi-Drive screwdriver (not quite #3 Phillips).

To create a template, try mounting the bindings on a scrap of 2x4. When you get the hole positions just right, make a paper pattern to transfer the screw hole positions to the skis.

The Look/Rossi bindings aren't difficult to position. The hardest I've done are Atomic...the 2x4 looked like swiss cheese before I had them right.
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks All for the sage advice and good wisdom. For the aformentioned reasons its not a very good idea.
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