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How To - Cure Loose Ski Braces

Parts Needed, Tools Needed, Step-By-Step, Notes


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>


Parts Neeed:               You will need the following parts:

      • 5200
      • Acetone
      • White Cotton Rag

Tools Needed:             You will need the following tools:

      • 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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 09/12/2017

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