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 Post subject: swallow tail mod
PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 11:23 am 
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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?


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 Post subject: Re: swallow tail mod
PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 1:12 pm 
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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
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 Post subject: Re: swallow tail mod
PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:44 am 
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Just a few I've done here

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

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 Post subject: Re: swallow tail mod
PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:27 am 
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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.


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 Post subject: Re: swallow tail mod
PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:27 am 
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Congrats on taking the plunge! :thatrocks: However, pics or it didn't happen brah.


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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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 Post subject: Re: swallow tail mod
PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:16 am 
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What is the benefit to a swallow tail?


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 Post subject: Re: swallow tail mod
PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 1:29 pm 
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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:

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 Post subject: Re: swallow tail mod
PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:34 pm 
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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.


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 Post subject: Re: swallow tail mod
PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 7:38 pm 
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maniacdave wrote:
Need to whip the fish out for a one night stand.

:bananas: :lol:


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