you are not missing a spring--you have an extra one on the other boot
sorry for the late reply but it took awhile to dig through all my stuff to find the boots you were asking about. i have a broken pair (cracked toe ledge possibly from one of my metal bindings--it cracked while i was using ratraps but over the many years i have at different times used td1 and catek wc bindings also so i don't know which binding was the culprit or if they all contributed to the boot failure) and can mail you whatever parts you need off of it as the rear lean mechanisms are still intact on my trashed pair. no charge of course as i have lots of burton boots lol. however, i don't think it is necessary as your boots already look to be properly tricked out for a goofy footed rider.
Originally Posted by Frostie
your burton reactors are the 1997/98 model. i have attached a photo of the spring of my stock unmodified 1997/98 burton reactor.
you are not missing a spring in your right boot but rather you have an extra aftermarket one in your left boot--looks like someone tried a homemade version of either a BTS or upz style spring mechanism. for your right boot only: the stock springless top bolt is how you adjust the amount of forward lean. notice that as you lengthen the exposed portion of the upper bolt (increase the number of exposed threads) the cuff leans forward so that is how you adjust the INHERENT (for lack of a better term) forward lean. in addition to this INHERENT forward lean you will get an extra 10 or 25 degrees by using either the first or second detente position by locking the lever at the back. ignore the old burton literature about riding with an unlocked boot--you ALWAYS ride with the lever locked. that's why it's called RIDE mode--duh! you didn't leave it unlocked when you hurt your ankles did you?
looks like your right lever is cracked so be careful that you don't snap it off completely--i usually wrap a thick elastic band around it and then pull my pant cuff over it to prevent it from accidently opening otherwise i will have to figure out how to remove one of mine and send it to you. i don't think i have a drift punch that tiny!!!
the bottom spring is how you increase the resistance to forward lean. compress (shorten)the spring to increase the resistance and decompress (lengthen) the spring to decrease resistance to forward lean by adjusting the height of the bottom bolt.
now that you know that with the unmodified right boot the forward lean and forward lean resistance is adjusted separately just read the rest of PHILW's post#5 which explains what the settings do in further detail.
for your left boot only: it looks like the previous seller went through a lot of time (and maybe expense?) to try to ghetto rig some sort of BTS or upz style spring mechanism to increase the range of motion and/or flex and/or dampening for the left boot. since you are goofy you want your right boot more upright and stiffer than your rear boot so the previous seller was probably also a goofy footer like you. you should be able to adjust the rear boot to have more forward lean than the front boot and also to have more flex (and possibly a greater range of motion) than the front boot. looks like you got lucky in this respect.
my offer to send you the stock spring still stands but i think it would be a step backwards if you yanked the homemade BTS/upz springs and put the original ones back in--but then you may not be a BTS type of guy.
take BLUEB up on his offer to ride with us next time you are in the lower mainland. that way you can just take one of my broken 1997/98 reactors home with you so you will have you own little parts pile for future use.
btw has POWDER KING changed much over the years? the last time i was there was when i had to be in mackenzie for work (about 25 years ago) and decided to stay over the weekend before flying out. i think the place was called AZU at the time. don't remember much except that i was constantly up to my neck in powder and there seem to be more trailers and portables than permanent buildings!
my sincerest apologies if my burton ultraprime offends your alpine sensibilities. i have set up a dedicated phone line for you to lodge your complaints. if there are enough complaints i will burn all my burtons.
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