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i dont have forces but some of my buddies do. I remember a plastic plate that sits atop the base plate that attaches with one or two screws, and some grooves on the bottom. I would build the cant bed atop this existing plastic plate or a plywood copy and have a whole through the cant bed so the screws sit on the plate. I would use some sort of adhesive to attach the cant bed tp the plate. The problem is there is not much that will stick to silicone. Maybe a heavy duty contact cement that stays somewhat tacky, or a silicone based calk might also work. With out the plate i dont see something made out of silicone to staying put. It is so soft it cant really be attached well by screws. I like the idea but question the use of silicone. Are you going to mold it, or cut it down. The stuff is pretty spendy too. $50 a pound for molding silicone. Most manufactures are using a EVA foam. Its a little stiffer and should shape better, Id imagine its cheaper too.
How are you going to approach the toe ramp area, its separate from the plate if i remember.
Unions already have a lot of flex in the baseplate and then the added movement from the foam on the bottom i wonder what degree of cant is present when you just flex them hard laterally. Thats my biggest gripe with unions is that the baseplate flexes to much. I have found i like stiff baseplates preferably aluminum, with little padding. I don't like any mush between me and the board. As for highbacks i couldn't really give a shit unless the zeroed forward lean position is too far forward, thats annoying as hell.