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Old 02-16-2014, 03:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
john doe
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Default Flow ratchets slip? What them fix? Here's how.

Some people like me have had problems with their Flow LSR ratchets slipping on 13 and 14 bindings. The problem comes from there being too much play/space in the ratchet for the strap. This makes them easy to use like normal ratchets but they can also slip. I figured out a cheap, and sort of easy fix.

Supplies you'll need.

soda can
tin snips
small snip
knife
screw driver
ratchets
and, of coarse, beer. Green Flash Palate Wrecker for me.



First you cut off the top and bottom of the can to get a sheet of aluminum.



Then you cut strips that can fit in the ratchet like this. The toe ratchets need thinner strips.



Then you fold over the tab side to see where to make a slot in the strip for the tap.



Using your awesome knife skills you make a nice perfect slot for the tab to go through.



It fits like this.



While that's in position you can use the #2 screw driver to punch a hole for the screw.



That will leave some bits you want to trim off.



Trim them off and you have the finished product.



The screw will hold them in place and it provides just enough shimming to let the locks work far better. The only down side is it is a little harder getting the ladder strap started in the ratchet. It releases just as easy, which is the important part in case you are stuck in deep snow.

Haven't tried them on the hill yet but I am confident in them.

Disclaimer: I take no responsibility for any negative results anyone gets from trying this. Thin aluminum can be very sharp. Be careful.
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