Hey guys- been lurking on here for a bit and wanted to finally post some pics of my Malolo split project. I was stoked to find splitboard.com when I was researching the project, and now it's my turn to contribute to the forum a little.
The board (158 malolo) was cut on a water jet machine due to my paranoia around cutting through all of the 3D inserts down the center of the board. Once it was cut, the half-serts were filled with JB Weld and then the inside was block sanded and sealed with Spar Urethane. The Voile kit was fitted pretty standardly. Once thing I could definitely recommend is using a drill press when drilling the T-nut holes in the base. This made counter sinking the P-Tex disks a breeze.
After this was completed, I got lined-up with a full gear setup from Spark RnD (bindings, LTE Pins, Chomps, Skin Clips) I can honestly say that the Spark products are amazing and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone. I've not tried Karakoram, but will be upgrading the Voile yin-yang clips to Karakoram ones asap!
All in all I'm super satisfied with how this board turned out. It was one of my favorite boards of all time and I'm glad I decided to try a DIY board for my first go-round. So far I've had it out on about 7 tours, and each one has been to completely new zones, FURTHER than I was ever able to get post holing! I mean, ripping 2.5k feet of vert in October in the sunshine?! Does it get any better?
Interesting, how do you get the inserts out? Just some creative pounding?
I had originally planned on taking mine out, but the guy who orchestrated the water-jet machine decided to go ahead and fill the holes for me + seal with urethane. While it was nice that he was being pro-active, the two halves didn't line up perfectly enough for my liking, so I had to take a wood block and sand paper to the mating edge to get a nice joining edge with little to no gaps.
It's amazing what "professional" splitters pass off as custom work. This was my first split, and with some patience, there's no reason for shotty construction. The Voile kit is very straight forward.