Mounting Ski Bindings on Skis
In this article of our how-to series, I will be showing you how to mount a set of snow ski bindings onto your snow skis. Taking your skis to a shop to have them done is definitely a good way to get your new skis ready to rip, but if you are like me, you like to do things yourself and feel a bit of pride when you are able to do something yourself. I do feel the need to add the disclaimer that I am not formally trained in ski binding installation. I have simply learned how to do it based on reading the binding tech manuals as well as some good old fashioned ‘figuring it out'. That being said, I have full confidence in the way I mount bindings because, well, I ski on them and I like to go fast. If I didn't have confidence in my install, I would not ski on them. Now let's get started.
Ski Binding Mounting Instructions
- Gather all of your supplies:
- Binding mounting template
- Punch/small phillips screwdriver
- Assorted screwdrivers
- Wood glue
- Clamps (not necessary, but very handy)
- Tape measure/ruler
- Drill Bit (refer to binding manual for size)
- Cut out the binding mounting paper template (here is a good link to find these http://www.bindingfreedom.com/paper-tempaltes/ )
- Find Ski boot size (usually measured in mm)
- Cut binding template according to binding size.
- Find the mounting point on the ski. (usually marked on the ski)
- Tape the template down to the ski taking care to line everything up EXACTLY. Measure twice, drill once.
- Make punch marks on the ski from the template reference points.
- Make a depth gauge on your drill bit.
- Remove the paper template.
- CAREFULLY drill a hole in the skis for the binding screws and be careful not to drill through the ski.
- Drip a drop of wood glue into the holes you just made
- Line the binding screws up over the holes.
- Screw the binding screws into the holes until the binding sucks up against the top sheet of the ski. BE CAREFUL TO NOT STRIP THE SCREW OR THE SCREW HOLE!
- Attempt to put your ski boot in the binding. If it does not fit, adjust the heel piece until it does fit. Each binding adjusts differently, so you will have to plan accordingly.
- Once your boot clicks into place, find the view window to set your forward pressure.
- Adjust the heel piece forward or backward until the marker is in the center of the forward pressure view window.
And that's all there is to it! Hopefully it went smoothly for you. Now that your binding is mounted, all you have to do it set your DIN settings to your personal preference. If you are reading this, you likely have an idea on what your DIN should be at. If not, we will have an article in the future describing this process.
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