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What to do about a bad mount

post #1 of 8
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At the end of last season I picked up a pair of Head Mojo 94s with Tyrolia Peak 15 bindings from Tramdock. I took them to one of our big local shops to mount. My friend picked them up for me but when I got them home, needless to say, the mounting job was less than stellar. They are at least 3-5mm off to the side on one ski, and it looks on the other that the mount is not straight (toe piece pointed out).


I've been searching around the forum and seems like there is some amount of play depending on how the binding is screwed down. So I'll have them try that first. But assuming that doesn't work I wanted to ask you guys what I should have them do to fix this.


Since I wanted them mounted on the line, and they are, I assume they can't just drill new holes since they'll be right on top of the old ones. If they remount a different binding, say a Marker Jester, would the configuration be different enough that the holes would still be far enough from the old ones that they could still be mounted on the line? I know I could have a plate put on but I wanted this to be a flat mount.


The shop is obviously not going to cave and just get me a new pair of skis (and I love the look of the old Mojo, anyway). What should I ask them to do in this situation?


Thanks for the help.

post #2 of 8

I think your idea of a different brand of bindings with a different mount hole pattern is the best idea and it won't really cost the shop much to do a binding swap as your bindings are still new.

post #3 of 8

An idea that occurred to was was to enlarge the holes to say 1/2" and plug them by epoxying something structural (aluminum or fiberglass disks cut off the end of a 1/2" rod for example) then mount the bindings into holes drilled into these new inserts.  You would need to make sure the correct holes were far enough from the edge of the disk inserts that they didn't pull out.


More work than changing the bindings, but you'd be able to have your original setup rather than settle for second best (which always wrankles with me)


Plausible or a stupid idea - any opinions ?

post #4 of 8

You could put a very thin plate on it. That's what I'd do.

post #5 of 8

At first I had a flash-back to Helicoil heaven - but most shops charge $10 per insert. The binding jig for your binding is used to drill 3/8 holes for brass or nylon inserts which are pounded into the ski... They work great.

But this is the modern era of plates - so Taosmath is right on...

Used-up skis with usable plates are mostly free. You need a plate-jig  and a binding-jig.

Put the plate-jig on the ski-center and just mark the holes. Do both skis and measure accurately form the tail of the ski so they are mounted the same.

Check the marks against the screwed up holes and then move the plate jig around to clear them by 5mm+.

Forward or back a bit won't matter because you can juggle the binding atop this plate. Tape the plate to the ski so when the binding jig goes on it won't move too much.

Then try the binding jig on top of the plates.

Mark the binding mount holes on the plate. Check for hole conflicts. The plates are fibrous and you can drill new binding holes within about 5mm of any old holes.

jiggle all this around keeping the ski/boot center in mind.

Plus or minus a cm on the boot/ski center won't really matter here either because its a fat dumb pow ski.

I like Fischer plates because they seem to realize that any binding is as good as any binding and so they are made with a huge surface area that's flat and ready to be drilled.

Tyrolia plates seem to be everywhere and it is easy to mount them ahead or behind the screwed up holes and then you can add to the toe and subtract from the heel binding-holes to remain over ski/boot center easily. (This just eliminates needing a jig to stick your bindings on the plates)

Now you know why shops charge big bucks for doing a remount.

post #6 of 8

Different binding, like the Marker Jester is the best option. The shop should be happy to swap out the binding and send you on your way if it keeps you from demanding a new ski as replacement for their mistake.

post #7 of 8

This is what happens when shops don't use a template; they just slap the bindings on the ski and "eyeball it."  If the bindings are mounted incorrectly, they cannot refuse a remount.  Sending out skis with incorrectly mounted bindings is a HUGE liability for the shop.  Make sure you have your slip.  The least they can do is repair (if possible) or give you a deep discount on a binding with a different hole pattern.

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the replies on this. Wanted to let you guys know what ended up happening. The shop was good about it and agreed to whatever I wanted. We looked at a few other bindings... namely Jesters and Salomon STH 14, but there were some hole conflicts with each of those. 


We ended up going the Helicoil route... enlarge the holes from where they should've been (which was only a few mm off) and then throwing in helicoils and epoxy. Looks good now... can't wait to ski 'em. Thanks again for the help.

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