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Have to start tuning my own race skis... :/

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So I've been racing for about a year and loving it.  I'm not too bad, this is somewhat due to my awesome tune ups.  A good friend of mine does waxes and sharpens my skis.  Sadly he's a senior and off to college in a few month.  This means I'm going to have to start waxing and sharpening my own stuff because I don't want to pay out local store the crap load of money they want, especially because they get tuned every two-ish weeks.  Anyways I've got no idea what I'm doing, the only thing I've every done is put dry glide wax on my old junker skis.  So I need to know how to wax/ sharpen race skis, and also what tools I need and where to get them.  Thanks a lot!
post #2 of 14
 I was in the exact same boat - A great way is to go to a local ski shop and ask if they have a beginning tuning kit for sale. Or buy some wax, stone, etc - then ask the tech to teach you how as part of the purchase. Usually they don't mind. You really need to look over womeone's shoulder and have them teach you firsthand to get a handl on how much pressure to use, etc

For kits, check Sidecut Racing and Tognar Toolworks
post #3 of 14
Tip:  Use the search feature and type in "tune" and you'll find endless threads on tuning.  Or, go to the wikis and find more info on tuning and links to videos on tuning.  Slidewright and Racewax also have tuning kits and they are members of this site. 
post #4 of 14
starthaus has just produced a very comprehensive DVD that covers performance ski prep in detail.

it is done in chapter format, so you can watch the entire DVD or repeat the chapter that you need over and over again while you are up at the bench

pm me if you would like to get one.

jim
post #5 of 14
Learning from someone is the best way to go i think. next time you need your stuff tuned, you can ask if your friend can teach you what he does so that you can do the same thing yourself. If you like the quality of your tunes now, learning from him will hopefully make your tune feel similar to the way he does it. From my experience everyone does it slightly differently, so learning from him is your best bet to keep your skis performing consistent with how they did when your friend tuned them.
post #6 of 14
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PM sent starthaus
post #7 of 14
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SBVT, I'm going to do that but I was wondering if anyone had like a step by step guide because I know I'm going to forget something
post #8 of 14
Why don't you do what you do in school...take notes!  You could even video him doing it if that helps.

Chris
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Why don't you do what you do in school...take notes!  You could even video him doing it if that helps.

Chris

Notes...... That's soooooo 1990 :P
But yeah video taping is a good idea, I'll do that.  I also found some great stuff on the SWIX website
post #10 of 14
Practice on your non-race skis first. It is not out of the question that you can mess up a tune. Find out what the bevels are that your buddy is doing for you. You should be able to maintain them without trouble once you are familiar with the tools.

Good luck tuning and best of luck racing!
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So I've been racing for about a year and loving it.  I'm not too bad, this is somewhat due to my awesome tune ups.  A good friend of mine does waxes and sharpens my skis.  Sadly he's a senior and off to college in a few month.  This means I'm going to have to start waxing and sharpening my own stuff because I don't want to pay out local store the crap load of money they want, especially because they get tuned every two-ish weeks.  Anyways I've got no idea what I'm doing, the only thing I've every done is put dry glide wax on my old junker skis.  So I need to know how to wax/ sharpen race skis, and also what tools I need and where to get them.  Thanks a lot!

Since you said you live in Rochester, next time you're heading up to the 'Dacks or Vermont make a stop at Reliable Racing's store in Queensbury. It's right off exit 19 of I-87. They have everything you need. Or just order on their website or from Artech.

I would suggest this as a "starter kit":

* a 3 degree edge angle (about $20)
* BEAST base bevel (i prefer 0.5 degree, others 1 degree) ($20)
* medium-coarse file ($10)
* a coarse diamond stone- 200 grit ($25)

* fine diamond stone- 600 grit ($25)
* sidewall cutter ($50 - semi optional)
* wax iron ($40)
* combi brush nylon/bronze ($20)
* LF4,6,8,10 wax (about $25 apiece- get a big block of LF8)
* scraper ($5)

You can build a bench from stuff at Home Depot. Don't waste your money on a Swix bench for $200.
 

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Since you said you live in Rochester, next time you're heading up to the 'Dacks or Vermont make a stop at Reliable Racing's store in Queensbury. It's right off exit 19 of I-87. They have everything you need. Or just order on their website or from Artech.

I would suggest this as a "starter kit":

* a 3 degree edge angle (about $20)
* BEAST base bevel (i prefer 0.5 degree, others 1 degree) ($20)
* medium-coarse file ($10)
* a coarse diamond stone- 200 grit ($25)

* fine diamond stone- 600 grit ($25)
* sidewall cutter ($50 - semi optional)
* wax iron ($40)
* combi brush nylon/bronze ($20)
* LF4,6,8,10 wax (about $25 apiece- get a big block of LF8)
* scraper ($5)

You can build a bench from stuff at Home Depot. Don't waste your money on a Swix bench for $200.
 

I've seen their website before, can I get them off there?
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I've seen their website before, can I get them off there?
 

Yes. www.artechski.com or www.reliableracing.com.  I know the guy who runs Artech and he's a great dude and would recommend supporting him. Reliable is also good.
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