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Reflex Monoplate Mounting Problem

DefectiveDaveDefectiveDave Posts: 479 Solid Baller
I recently acquired a reflex binder system with the monoplate. I'm currently trying to mount it on the ski. The 6 mounting inserts for the front binder match perfectly, but the 4 mounting inserts for the back binder do not. I'm thinking I could seal the existing inserts (probably with hot-glue or marine jb weld) and drill new pilot holes to match the monoplate (I do not want to drill the plate). This is where I start to get a little nervous though as I don't want to screw up the ski.

Can I just use a standard lag screw and drill into the ski to mount the back of the monoplate or should I install new inserts? What is typical best practice? If I should really install the inserts where can I get them? Any help is greatly appreciated.


  • BoneHeadBoneHead Posts: 6,044
    Uhhhhhhh drill the plate, not the ski!!!
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • OTFOTF Posts: 325 Crazy Baller
    Drill the plate
  • mwetskiermwetskier Posts: 1,329 Mega Baller
    what they said.
  • DefectiveDaveDefectiveDave Posts: 479 Solid Baller
    I should have elaborated more. The problem isn't that I'm unwilling to drill the plate, the problem is that the current inserts are on the very edge of the plate or very near existing holes. Any "hole" I drill would really be more like a slot.

    I also want to be able to easily adjust the plate forward and back which is easier if I use the existing holes in the plate.
  • DefectiveDaveDefectiveDave Posts: 479 Solid Baller
    This just occurred to me, but this is likely happening because I'm moving from a double binder to RTP setup.
  • DefectiveDaveDefectiveDave Posts: 479 Solid Baller
    Here's a picture and the red circles approximately mark the location of the ski inserts.:

  • BoneHeadBoneHead Posts: 6,044
    Plenty of meat there for a set of slots.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • DefectiveDaveDefectiveDave Posts: 479 Solid Baller
    @BMG73, it is an old KD. The binders are worth more than the ski itself. If I go with inserts and screw something up then I'm out like $50 tops. However, the water temp here is going up rapidly and I might make it out this week, I don't have time to screw it up. :-)

    I'm going to mull over this until tomorrow.
  • Chuck_DickeyChuck_Dickey Posts: 1,459 Crazy Baller
    Drill the plate and use SS fender washers to spread out the clamping pressure of the screws and help prevent flex cracking of the plate
  • dchristmandchristman Posts: 1,089 Mega Baller
    You should be able to get inserts from D3 if you want to go that route. I got some from them last year.
    Is it time to ski, yet?
  • BoneHeadBoneHead Posts: 6,044
    Ahhhhh, yes if the ski is that old put inserts in. I know around me, Ace Hardware has brass wood screw inserts. We've used those for years.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • DeanoskiDeanoski Posts: 824 Crazy Baller
    the best thing to do is get a new ski and then the hole pattern will align up
  • skialexskialex Posts: 862 Crazy Baller
    Why don't you just use wood screws and if after a period of use the screws become loose then use wood inserts. By that time you might have changed the ski!
  • DefectiveDaveDefectiveDave Posts: 479 Solid Baller
    I went ahead and used brass inserts from Lowe's (probably the same thing @ShaneH mentioned at Ace), so far it appears to have worked well. I should know if it holds up this weekend. If not, time for a new ski. Thanks for the input!
  • DefectiveDaveDefectiveDave Posts: 479 Solid Baller
    Also, the loctite marine epoxy really locks the inserts in there. I tried a test insert on a piece of wood. I stripped the threads and snapped the slots trying to get the insert out after the epoxy cured, no luck.
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