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Tuning Help for Kastle FX 84's

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

Does anyone know the base edge angle and the side edge angle of the 2010 Kastle FX 84?  I have found conflicting information from several different sources.  Thanks.

 

-Greg

post #2 of 9

1* base/2* side

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thank you for the quick reply.

post #4 of 9

Being in the Northeast, do your self a favor go 1 Base 3 side edge. You'll never look back. What the factory tune specs were are meaningless. It is all about wwhere you ski and what you want your ski to do for you.

 

You will find absolutely no downside to a 3 degree side edge, only improved edge grip.

post #5 of 9

I tried a 1:2 and 1:3 on my FX94s and am fine either way. I did appreciate the the more solid grip of the 1:3 a bit more on some NE packed powder (aka western hard pack). wink.gif It just takes a few minutes to change the side bevel if you want to experiment for yourself.

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

Really elementary question, but I have never reset a side edge angle before.  On my previous skis, i just kept the factory spec.  How do I reset it?  Thanks.

 

-Greg

post #7 of 9

Tweaking Side Edge Geometry 1°


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Originally Posted by Risen29463 View Post

Really elementary question, but I have never reset a side edge angle before.  On my previous skis, i just kept the factory spec.  How do I reset it?  Thanks.

 

-Greg

post #8 of 9

If you have set your side edge at all you would use the same process but with a 3 degree side edge beveler insterad of a 2 degree.

 

For example. Just to be conservative, i would use a 100 Diamond File andwith your 2 degree first to soften any hardened and burred areas on your edge before using a file.

 

You would then use a bastard or Panzer (Panzer is very aggressive, so if your are not comfortable with the process use a Bastard file) with a 3 degree side edge bevel tool and make smooth overlapping passes with the file (You may also have to cut back the sidewall some if you are getting sidewall material in your file)  I start wiht about 6 overlaps the do 4 overlaps then 3 ovelaps the 2 long strokes then 1 tip to tail (Always work tip to tail)

 

Once you feel the side edge angle is increased to a 3. Then you can use diamond stones to (how much a progression in grit you use is up to you. 200 and 400 are probalby adequate. I finish by hihgly polishing in the bevel tool with a true hardstone or arkansas stone.

 

Then take you arkansas stone flat against the base edge wiht medium pressure using you thumb as a guide on top of the ski (make sure the stoen is flat against the base edge with a bit of the stone sticking up over the side edge and with a slight up and back motion (I usually go tail to tip for this depending on how my ski is situated in the vise). This knoks ofdf any hanging burr created by side filing.

 

the last step would be to take a gummi stone at a 45 degree angle to the edge point with absolutley no pressure and run it down the edge.

 

You should be good to go.

 

If for some reason you didn't like the 3, you can go back to a 2 with thesame procedure using a 2 degree base bevelre. there is no need to stone grind between side edge angle changes.

 

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Originally Posted by Risen29463 View Post

Really elementary question, but I have never reset a side edge angle before.  On my previous skis, i just kept the factory spec.  How do I reset it?  Thanks.

 

-Greg

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thank you.  This has been really helpful.

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