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Hey guys. I just got new skis and I want to transfer my FKS120s to the new ones. I took them off my old skis already so I just have the bindings. I was wondering if I absolutely need an FKS jig to drill the skis. The bindings have spacers under them (they give me a template to drill through because I can tell which holes on the spacers the screws were in). I have never drilled skis before and was just wondering if it was actually that hard. My local shops charge $70+ to mount skis and I dont really want to pay that much if I can just do it myself. It seems easy enough I just wanted to get your opinions, thoughts, advice. Stuff like that. I would obviously get them checked out by a ski tech after I did mount them to make sure they are safe. If anyone has a video or a step by step process to explain/help me do it, I would appreciate it. +K for help!
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lets put it this way its either 70$ or a new pair of skis. Chances are you will fuck up the mount and ruin the skis
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I have been researching and looking at videos ect. and Ive heard rumors that there are online templates of jigs for bindings?
I always mount my own skis, put the bindings onto a scanner and print an image of the bottom of the binding making sure it has the same scale. Cut it out and measure very accurately (with vernier calipers if possible) the position it should be in. Center punch (if you don't know what that is stop here) where each hole should be. Get a 3.6mm drill bit and wrap a strip of tape around it so 8mm of the drill is exposed.
Drill holes wrong and have to buy new skis because you are an idiot...
Joking, If you have experience with this sort of thing it isn't too hard if you take your time, if you have no practical experience don't bother.
Finally, little bit of wood glue in the hole and tighten bindings gradually BY HAND!!!
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I do not recommend doing this. At all. Just pay to have them mounted. Take them to a different shop. mine charges 40. They mount mine for 20 (/claim?). Just seriously don't do it.
If you never done it before pay someone who has proper equitment and has done it before. If you want to learn how to do it just ask the shop if you can watch them so next time you can do it yourself.
Its easy. If you have a pair of garbage skis i would take a practice mount on them. Its really simple, everyone makes it seem like such a big deal. Drill holes smaller than the screw, put glue in then put the screw in. Mounted all my own and some of my families for the past 4 years. If you can put a screw in a wall you can put a screw in a ski
Donor ski method.
1) Clamp old ski on top of new ski, roughly estimate center
2) Drill through old holes on the old ski, through the base, into the new ski
3) Stop drilling when it feels deep enough, guestimate.
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I think you guys should pre drill the holes in your skis using this method. It's always a pain for me to do, but it works out surprisingly nice.
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Just take it to a shop, they will get it right for you.
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Thank you all for the responses. and for those of you that say "take it to another shop", both of my local shops (Willi's and Ski North) charge $65 and $70 to mount bindings. They are the only shops that are close to my area.
the problem with a paper jig is you can't know for sure that you are drilling straight down into the ski, you may go at an angle and then the binding won't sit flush as the screw won't go in all the way. If you feel the need to use a paper jig and mounting your own skis I suggest getting an old ski to practice on a few times. Also, make sure you go get a drillbit that has a stopper (not an extra piece, just little square edges that stick out to prevent drilling to far) built in so you don't drill too far into the ski. I have never used a paper jig but I bet with some practice on an old ski it can be learned pretty easily. Some people really have this idea against doing it yourself, but all it is in the end is drilling a few holes and screwing some screws in (as long as you are willing to possibly sacrifice a new ski if you're not careful).
In short, get an old ski for some practice with a paper jig. Buy the proper drill bit so overdrilling won't occur. AND BE SUPER FUCKING CAREFUL haha but not too careful, don't freak yourself out.
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