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Adjusting fin settings, videos?

stone88stone88 Posts: 92
edited May 2011 in Technique & Theory
Does anyone have any videos of adjusting fin settings? I just did some practicing on an old system 8 before touching my A2. I got there in the end but I spent one of the most frustrating 40 minutes ever! Am I just retarded?


  • Old MS AccoutOld MS Accout Posts: 2,114 Baller
    With the HO fin box that should be easy. 3 adjustment screws and 3 locks to deal with.
    I am not aware of any vids but Horton should have some time to put one together when he gets back.
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,913 Mega Baller
    I'd say 40 frustrating minutes for your first fin adjustment is about standard. It gets faster and slightly less annoying with practice.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • Ed_JohnsonEd_Johnson Posts: 2,272

    I can understand your frustration. For the last three weeks I have been testing three fins with 1, 2, and 3 Ventral's on two different skis, 9900 Mid and Nano Mid...Changing something every set.

    Tip: I find it easiest if you set the DFT first, then slightly snug up the back bolt. You want drag on the other bolts. Next go back and forth between depth and length. Use a screw driver with a rubber handle to gently tap on the fin. Try to do it in a manner that does not drive the fin rearward changing DFT. How and where you tap the fin is the art-form. Also, the digital Slot Caliper gives the most accurate results.

    Hope this somewhat helps.....ED
    Special Thanks to Performance Ski and Surf and the Denali Adam's !!!
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,263 Mega Baller
    Just be glad you do not have an Elite fin block(clamp)... I got it set to stock and It has not moved nor does it need to.
  • stone88stone88 Posts: 92
    Yeah I got slot calipers thankfully, and the ones that are ground back level from tips to jaws. I was thinking it must be a nightmare without those. Thanks for the tip ed I will try changing dft 1st
  • Ed_JohnsonEd_Johnson Posts: 2,272

    A tip Schnitz gave me years ago. When you get your final fin settings, take a silver sharpie and draw a line down one side of your fin at the base and a small perpendicular line on the ski at the leading and trailing edge. That way, before you ski, you can quickly check it for any changes that accidentally occurred.

    Ski Well, ED
    Special Thanks to Performance Ski and Surf and the Denali Adam's !!!
  • stone88stone88 Posts: 92
    Thanks ed thats a good tip! I had a go tonight with my A2 and actually 2nd time round it was much easier. I used your dft first tip and just went very solwly but it was done in 15 mins and when I re-measured after all the screws were tightly in place I was still bang on!
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