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10-26-2007, 09:18 AM #1
ski binding mounting question - Drill bit size?
Why is it recommended to use a 4.1mm bit instead of a 3.6mm bit when the ski has a sheet of metal? I am getting a 3.6mm bit and was planning on using it to mount bindings on a new pair of Scott P3's, which has a layer of titanal. Can I still use the 3.6mm? What happens if I don't use a 4.1mm instead? I guess I am confused as to why a ski with a layer of metal need a larger diameter hole for the same size screw?
Last edited by DEVO; 10-26-2007 at 09:38 AM.on the send bus to gnar town
10-26-2007, 09:22 AM #2
Harder to screw the smaller hole
It will work, but it will be harder to screw into the metal sheet. Just use a 5/32" bit (which btw is 4.0mm).
10-26-2007, 09:23 AM #3
ever measure the root diameter of a binding screw?
its bigger than 3.6mm.
furthermore, since the topsheet is metal, it can better retain the screw with a larger diameter.
on the wood only, its better for it to be a bit more snug.
10-26-2007, 09:37 AM #4
ok, I think I will just get a 4.1mm bit as well. Thanks!
One more question, how important is it to tap these skis first?on the send bus to gnar town
10-26-2007, 09:37 AM #5This not my pee
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If there's metal, use a 4.1. When you use 3.6 with a metal topsheet, the hole isn't big enough. So, when you screw the screws in, it can actually pull the metal layer up a little. This can cause the binding to not sit flat and that's bad.
Sometimes you can get by wtih a 3.6 but I wouldn't risk it.
Also, tapping the hole can help too. I always tap the holes in metal topsheets. Volkl used to not require it in their metal topsheets but it never hurts.
10-26-2007, 09:39 AM #6
That answers my tapping question. So drill, then tap with a #12 tap? Is a #12 ski tap (listed on Tognar.com) the same as any #12 tap?
Last edited by DEVO; 10-26-2007 at 09:44 AM.on the send bus to gnar town
10-26-2007, 09:46 AM #7
I think the size is the same but the threads always seemed different on a ski tap compared to a standard tap.Move along nothing to see here.
10-26-2007, 10:08 AM #8
This is probably blasphemous, but i've gotten by a couple times by tapping the hole with one of the screws i am about to use. I figure if you don't have the binding on the ski, there's nothing for the screw to pull against and the topsheet should be fine.
*but now i do have a #12AB tap and use it, and it is worth the $12 from tognar
10-26-2007, 03:21 PM #9
10-26-2007, 03:33 PM #10
^^^ agreed. While I don't believe binding screws are completely self tapping, they do bite into the skis very well. I've always been hesitant to tap holes that screws are meant to go into, as opposed to bolts. Screws rely on the thread friction to produce tension between the screw head and ski.
02-07-2010, 07:38 AM #11
This place is a wealth of information Just getting ready to mount up my Super Bros, and had this exact question
02-07-2010, 10:01 AM #12
can someone please explain why a single drill bit should be $15? (at tognar)
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02-07-2010, 10:38 AM #13
02-07-2010, 10:51 AM #14
02-07-2010, 11:50 AM #15
it's called volcanoing the topsheet when the screw pulls on metal. use the 4.1 and always tap metal skis.
02-07-2010, 12:27 PM #16
Don't have a picture now but a tap has grooves or flutes running across the threads to catch excess material. I made my own tap by using a tapered triangular file to create 3 flutes in a long extra mounting screw I had. Locked in vice grips it works like a charm. Use it like any tap, 2 turns in and one turn out. Repeat.
02-07-2010, 12:58 PM #17
02-07-2010, 02:26 PM #18
They actually take a endmill and grind it down to the 4.1mm or 3.6mm size with the correct length. I imagine thats where the cost comes from.
I never tap, though I sometimes pre-thread before putting in epoxy. I drive the screws in with and electric driver and it works great.
02-08-2010, 01:29 PM #19
How about this: Drill first with a 3.6. Then just through the metal with a 4.1. Run your tap in through the metal sheet and the hole is ready.
I've also noticed with a tapered tap it tends to open up the metal part of the hole as you make more turns so you may be able to get away with a 3.6 if you tap. Comments anyone?
02-08-2010, 10:59 PM #20
02-09-2010, 01:17 AM #21
02-09-2010, 07:02 AM #22
The P3 does not need a 4.1 or tapping. I mounted a pair recently using a 3.6 with no issues. I don't recall any metal in this ski.Gravity. It's the law.
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