In the summer of 2009 I started building a floating system similar to Hangl, which evolved into an all-aluminum single plate, similar to Karl’s. I ran into some troubles machining the aluminum with my limited tools, etc. Then, the rumours and pictures of Apex started surfacing. It culminated in JJ’s golden run at the Olympics. The rest is history…
So, after going back and forth with various hardware concepts, I finally settled for one.
And here it is, the Plan-B!
Or, you could call it “Bling on Bling… on Bling”.
Hardware is simple, mostly UHMDPE, few screws, a bit of Neoprene…
I achieved a universal mounting base, that would fit onto UPM pattern and on standard 4x4 pattern, without any adapters.
Pivoting point is drilled with 5mm offset, giving the 10mm adjustment to overcame the difference of 4x4 (4x2) pattern and 30mm UPM pattern. Simple flip does it.
Slider slots are made slightly oversized for self micro adjustment.
And, to answer someone’s question from another tread: Yes, the plate can carve on its own, too!
Testing, testing… Nice uniform flex in the board, no flex in the plate. Smooth action of the sliders.
A bit more of bling:
So where to, from here?
For starters, I need some more snow…
Next generation hardware will have nicer axle bolts and no lock nuts. The tread will be incorporated to the mounting base.
Next generation plate will be a proper, purpose designed, laminated plate, rather then a butchered old board. The sliders/pivots might be attached to it slightly different…
But, snow first.