Forums DIY and Mods swallow tail mod
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  • #580128
    blindfaith
    12 Posts

    Not a split but i know some of you have done stuff like this. I have an old Omatic Boron 162 wide that i don’t use. I was thinking that instead of selling it for next to nothing, maybe i would notch the tail and add some t-nuts to set the stance back a bit more. I figure it would basically be a free pow specific board. Closest thing i have is my Prior BC split. Any advice or experience to help guide me?

    #677407
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    I’ve done this with a 163 Arbor and its a fun little board. Not the same feel as a proper swallowtail, but still fun. Personally I don’t see any reason to add additional inserts beyond the board’s factory setback position. The purpose of the tail cut is to allow you to ride more centered, so adding more setback would likely just make it ride tail down, tail drag into the snow and hook up on hard cuts.

    here are some pics of the Arbor tail cut, as well as next to real swallys to stoke your creativity

    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
    Voile V-Tail 170 BC
    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #677408
    firstlight
    721 Posts

    Just a few I’ve done here

    http://www.firstlightsnowboards.com.au/swallowtails.html

    Adam West

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    www.splitfest.com.au
    www.snowsafety.com.au
    www.mrbc.com.au
    www.backcountryglobal.com
    www.alpinefirstaid.com.au

    #677409
    blindfaith
    12 Posts

    I went ahead and did it yesterday. I went pretty conservative to start, after testing it may change. I started a notch about halfway between the inserts and the end of the tail, drilled a hole dead center from side to side then made marks from the hole on 20 degree angle about 5 inches towards the tail. At that point i brought the angle back parallel to the centerline and continued to the tail. Cut it out and rounded the cuts at the tail. I would post a pic but don’t know how. I sanded it, filed the edges smooth where i cut them and put some gorilla glue 2 part epoxy on to seal the core.

    #677410
    HansGLudwig
    601 Posts

    Congrats on taking the plunge! :thatrocks: However, pics or it didn’t happen brah.

    @blindfaith wrote:

    I would post a pic but don’t know how.

    See kjkrow’s thread How to Post Photos and Embed Videos

    When you get to it, do share. Thanks in advance for sharing the stoke. :bananas:

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    #677411
    broken08
    10 Posts

    What is the benefit to a swallow tail?

    #677412
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    The go to explanation is – it allows the tail to sink and raise the nose for a more centered riding position in deep, low density powder snow.

    Additionally, while it typically adds more surface area for bonus float, the cut-out makes it so you aren’t necessarily having to struggle to turn that extra length.

    Lastly, a proper swallowtail will articulate side to side, aid in turning and provide a really sweet feel to your snurfing adventures.

    Its an origin species and it looks rad! :rock:

    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
    Voile V-Tail 170 BC
    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #677413
    maniacdave
    564 Posts

    They also get you laid. Source: Had swallowtail, had girlfriend. Busted swallowtail, now single. Need to whip the fish out for a one night stand.

    That was Pontus

    #677414
    HansGLudwig
    601 Posts

    @maniacdave wrote:

    Need to whip the fish out for a one night stand.

    :bananas: 😆

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    #776680
    Gunnar
    41 Posts

    I have modded an old twintip to make a poderboard for my 10year old boy. It was a huge success! he can now follow my speed and his legs lasts a full day compared to when hes on his full rocker twintip that gives him a burning rear leg in forest powder . I will mod boards the same way for our younger girls when they are ready for pow.

    I have also done a mod the other way around.
    In the end of a epic spring powder run ii found out how useless and right out dangerously the deep swallowtal on my Voile Swallow splitboard are performing in breaking crust.
    Luckily i ended up in a reasonably soft bush. And managed to avoid walking the rest by rideing switch to be able to skid trough the crappy snow.
    I went straight home and sawed of about 13cm of the tails that was hooking up under the crust when skidding, making it impossible to control the speed!
    Problem gone. And the board are now also a lot more nimble in threes and steep technical sections. Not good to traverse with. But so easy to jump around so it have not caused any problem so far.

    I also got a Dynastar / Osin 4807 that got a more shallow swallow / fishtail. That board never gives me any trouble in any kind of snow.

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