So I'm kind of evilly chortling in the workshop up here in the great white north. As I was putting the finishing touches on the velcro gatormod, while in a drug induced stupor due to taking pain pills after PRP, it struck me that I had also invented a mechanism for adjusting the flex of the ski.
If you put a gatormoded g10 or powershell plate on your ski you'll be able to adjust the stiffness of your ski, from stock to pretty damn stiff. And, I'm pretty sure you'll be able to adjust the damping of the rebound, from stock to smushy.
The Velcro plates have a nice advantage in that they are flexible, and hardly add any stiffness to the ski as they are velcroed down.
However, this creates a big safety risk in a crushing OTF. Your rear foot can pull the back half of the plate off the ski, while the plate bends between your feet, leaving your front foot still attached and then overflexed as you crush down onto your front foot.
So, in order to combat that, I had to add aluminum rails to each side of the plate. In order not to affect flex, I hard attached the rails to the rear of the plate and slotted the screw holes holding the rails in the front of the plate. This allows the plate to bend, and the front screws slide in their slot as the bend increases.
Then, in the center of plate, between your front and rear foot, I added two bolts, one on each rail. These bolts are loose, with about a 3/4 inch clearance. That what, as the ski flexes and plate bends, the rail separates from the plate, adding no stiffness to the plate. But, if the plate tries to bend too far in an OTF, as the gatormod starts ripping the heel of the plate off the ski, the bolt runs
up against the end of its travel and the plate becomes, in effect, infinitely stiff.
So then, as I'm sitting there with my trusty bag of ice being mildly entertained by the gentle spinning of the room, it hit me. If we put springs on the clearance bolts, like those on the heel of the powershell, we can infinitely adjust the stiffness of the plate. From no effect, to almost 0 flex.
And we can adjust rebound rate by using elastomeric dampers instead of springs.
Think of the fun we can now have! Add it to a D3 with rocker block, and we can essentially short circuit our pea sized brains on every ski pass with thoughts of "what if I change..." this or that setting.@OB
, no need to type "uncle". I'll show you this end of Dec.