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jimw
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@jimw wrote:

I think that I will just cut out a notch there instead. This will make the plate a little weaker there, but I don’t think it will be a problem. I don’t “ski” in split mode much, and when I do it’s not agressive. In board mode, the stress is disributed move evenly along the plate. We’ll see.

Update. I did cut these notches. Here’s what they look like .

In this photo you can see how the metal tabs on the touring bracket fit through the notches when the slider plate is lifted.

Unfortunately, it looks like I was wrong about this not causing any problems due to weakening that area. I came back from my Dana Plateau trip last weekend and found that one of the pin holes had been elongated into an oval.

The metal in front of the hole had actually pushed forward. Much more stress and it probably would break clean off. I didn’t agressively ski in split mode, but while skinning I think there are more forces there than I originally thought. For example, if you slip while skinning, you can end up with a lot of force and torque on a single ski. This happened a few times when I was skinning up on the icy morning snow.

Have people had this same thing happen in the regular Voile interface case?

In the end, it looks like my experiment didn’t really work out. Oh well. For now, I’m going back to the original Burton hardware. Eventually I’ll probably finish the conversion using the standard Voile touring bracket drilled out for the Burton holes, and adapter plates for the heel lift like Jack made.

It did seem that the Burton interface is a little stiffer side-to-side. I figure this is because the Voile slider is a narrower mounting surface, so the binding hangs over the side more. Also, it’s higher than the Burton interface, and there are a couple areas for slop (the rubber mounting pad on the slider plate, “lifting” play in the pucks due to only having 2 mounting bolts per puck).

Here’s a shot showing how high and narrow the Voile interface is. See how the binding is sticking out over the edges? I guess you could mount some bumpers to the board underneath the binding in those areas.

Here’s the original Burton interface next to the Voile. You can see how much lower and wider it is.