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How To - Cure Loose Ski Braces
Topic: If you let your ski braces get loose, they'll "work" themselves into the fiberglass.
Expertise Required: Beginner, Intermediate, Expert, Jedi
Estimated Time: <honest time estimate - 1/2 hr increments>
- White Cotton Rag
- Metric socket (13mm?) and either a flat blade screwdriver of metric allen
- 14mm wrenches to loosen front pump bolts so that brace(s) can be removed
Step-By-Step: It's a good practice to place a nice pad of 5200 under these things. Here's how you apply this cure:
- You man have either a single (WETCO) brace or the 2-piece "bowlegged" style.
- Loosen the rear mounting nuts (on the pump studs) so that the brace(s) can be removed
- Remove the front 2 mounting bolts on each side and set brace(s) aside
- Take some Acetone and clean fiberglass of thoroughly
- Lay a nice pad of 5200 down where the feet contact the ski (on each side) - don't make it more than about 1/8 thick though - the thicker it is, the more cleanup you'll have to do.
- Let it sit for about an hour
- Take the acetone and clean the bottoms of the brace(s)
- Put a couple of bolts through the brace(s) and carefully reinstall it/them
- While it's sitting there, slide the nuts onto the pump studs up far enough that the brace just touches the pump
- Put the rest of the front bolts in the braces
- Now - PAY ATTENTION HERE - tighten these 4 nuts just enough that you see the brace start to squirt out some 5200
- Let that sit for about 4 days and then remove the front 4 bolts and get all of the old 5200 off of them. Apply a dab of fresh 5200 and reinstall them and tighten down
- Tighten down the front pump nuts - and double-nut them if you haven't already
Note: The dab of 5200 on the bolts will help keep them from ever vibrating out.
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