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Ess 512 Adjustment

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I have an old pair of ESS 512 bindings (2000ish year) mounted on a pair of skis.

I have 2 questions about these:
1. The heel doesn't move forward quite enough for my boots to fit in. But they're on metal rails and the whole binding can slide for and aft quite a bit. It looks like on these metal rails you can adjust the toe and heel to be closer together but does this require remounting or somehow does it slide closer together?
If I can just slide them how do you do this?

2. They're mounted on a plain black riser. Would the screws go straight fhrough from the bindings into the skis or would the riser be mounted to the ski seperately?

Thanks!
post #2 of 14
I haven't seen an ESS binding in a lot of years, It's older than 2000ish, but they are the predecessor to Atomic bindings, so they work basically the same. there is a metal strap holding the heel and toe together that can be adjusted. To get to the adjustment, the plate holding the AFD pad needs to come off. There's either a screw holding it on, which also keeps the metal strap together, and/or there is a catch under and on the side of the toe piece.
After you figure that out, take it to a shop.
post #3 of 14
1. This can be solved by messing with only one screw per binding. It is most likely set for a larger boot so you need to remove the middle screw/plate first, then move the overlapping metal bands in a notch or two. Reset the forward pressure.

2. The binding screws go into the plate (Atomic) or the topsheet of a conventional ski. The Atomic plate is attached to the ski independently of the binding screws.
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your replies.

I can take the center piece off easily (side clip). What I don't see however is the screw(s) that need to be removed to slide the toe and heel closer together. Any idea where I might find that?

I'm not clear on whether this requires remounting or not, please clarify?

Thanks
post #5 of 14
so the AFD is removed (thingy that you stand on, with a white strip in it?)

and you can see the metal track that is held down with two 1/2 moon shaped locks on either side of the track? open then both a 1/2 twist, slide the metal track forward one notch, close the 1/2 moon locks, and put back the AFD, and try the F pressure again.

teh bindings are screwed into the lifter, the lifter screwed into the ski. should not have to remount anything.
post #6 of 14
Once you have the AFD removed you should see two pieces of metal with slots that overlap the steel band that runs the length of the binding. Use a flat head screwdriver and give these a 1/2 turn. Now you can adjust the length of the band. Once it is back together, use the screw on the back of the heel to fine tune the forward pressure.
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks mntlion. Its the 2 half moons that you twist out of the way... that's what I was looking for, I thought maybe they were stationary.

Right on buddy thanks!

Will it slide enough to fit all adult boot sizes without remounting?

edit: and thanks screamingdoggies!
post #8 of 14
It should fit everything from a 4 to a 14 but it really depends on what size it was mounted to originally.
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
If it was mounted using the template at the time would that give the range 4-14 or are there different positions for the template?
post #10 of 14
The template did get adjusted to boot sole length so the the center of boot mark ended up in the correct spot on the ski. If this ends up being forward or back on your set up the Ess binding can be moved forward and back by pulling up on the toe piece (top) and levering forward. The binding can then be moved on the track. Just make sure that it locks into position. That is what "VAR" is on the binding name. Also , the binding moves as a unit so no readjustment is necessary.
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks a lot for all your help! Happy skiing
post #12 of 14

I'm way late on this thread, but I was wondering if anybody can tell me how to set the Forward Pressure on VAR ESS bindings.  The whole keep the head of the screw flush with the housing doesn't make any sense to me, since the whole housing moves fore and aft with the adjustment screw.

 

I've already figured out how to adjust the length of the bindings, and also move them forward and backwards on the ski... the only thing I'm missing is the Forward Pressure part.  Do you just turn the screw in until it start ratcheting? 

 

BTW, I plan on replacing these bindings, as soon as I figure out exactly where I want to place the new bindings.  One of the nice things about these bindings is that they can be moved fore and aft on the ski so, once I get the placement figured out, I'll be ditching the bindings with something newer. 

 

Somebody gave me an almost unused pair of Atomic Power Plus skis... I figure to turn them into crud skis.

 

Thanks!

post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by SkisInWinter View Post

 

I've already figured out how to adjust the length of the bindings, and also move them forward and backwards on the ski... the only thing I'm missing is the Forward Pressure part.  Do you just turn the screw in until it start ratcheting? 

 

Err, it should be ratcheting already.?

 

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Originally Posted by SkisInWinter View Post

I'm way late on this thread, but I was wondering if anybody can tell me how to set the Forward Pressure on VAR ESS bindings.  The whole keep the head of the screw flush with the housing doesn't make any sense to me, since the whole housing moves fore and aft with the adjustment screw.

 

Flush with the housing when the boot is clicked into it.      Reminder: do _not_ turn the screw with the boot in the binding.     Also, you need to set the toe height to the proper clearance (which is not 0).

post #14 of 14
To add to cantunamunch's comment. When the boot is in the binding, the housing of the binding moves backward but the screw does not. This is why you check for flush with the boot in the binding.
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