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Old 02-04-2013, 01:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I picked up a new board (Elan El Grande) and new bindings (Ride EX) a few weeks ago and have ridden with that setup 3 times so far including twice this weekend. Yesterday, around noon, I could feel my left foot was able to wiggle a little side to side when going down a run. So at the bottom I pulled off the footbed and found that all 4 screws were very loose in the floorplate. So I tightened them all down, and just to be safe checked my right binding. Same thing, all 4 screws were really loose.

I've been through 4 seperate pairs of bindings in my 13 years of riding, and never once have I had a single screw come loose, let alone all 8. I also know for a fact I snugged the screws up very tightly like I always do when I installed the bindings on the board. The screws also came with blue loctite on them from the factory, so I am really confused as to how they could have loosened. Does anyone know what would make all of my screws come loose like that? Is this a common problem with cheaper bindings (the EX is definitely the cheapest pair of bindings I have ever owned), or could it have something to do with my board?
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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So I picked up a new board (Elan El Grande) and new bindings (Ride EX) a few weeks ago and have ridden with that setup 3 times so far including twice this weekend. Yesterday, around noon, I could feel my left foot was able to wiggle a little side to side when going down a run. So at the bottom I pulled off the footbed and found that all 4 screws were very loose in the floorplate. So I tightened them all down, and just to be safe checked my right binding. Same thing, all 4 screws were really loose.

I've been through 4 seperate pairs of bindings in my 13 years of riding, and never once have I had a single screw come loose, let alone all 8. I also know for a fact I snugged the screws up very tightly like I always do when I installed the bindings on the board. The screws also came with blue loctite on them from the factory, so I am really confused as to how they could have loosened. Does anyone know what would make all of my screws come loose like that? Is this a common problem with cheaper bindings (the EX is definitely the cheapest pair of bindings I have ever owned), or could it have something to do with my board?
A friend of mine has the EXs and has had similar problems, as well as other hardware on the bindings loosening up. I dont know if those bindings vibrate like crazy or what, but you can try using thread tape on your screws. Should dampen the vibes and prevent them from loosening up on you.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i believe that putting locktight on screws at the factory is more for liability than function. if you want it to work killer get a bottle of medium(if you want to be able to adjust at some point) or highstrength lock tight from your local hardware store and read the directions. there you will see that you want to put a drop or to , install the screw and let it set up/cure for a certain length of time. clean the old stuff off the threads first. i dont use lock tight on snow boards but i do check the bindings with a #3 screw driver at least once a weekend. these are my own findings. yours may vary.


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I have ride ex bindings and I haven't had to tighten since I first put them on. I do tighten the bolts pretty good. I don't go crazy but I snug them pretty good
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Had the exact same problem with Ride Rodeos on my Ride Kink...customer service said tighten them more...so I did...same thing, came loose again...called ride again, they said hand tighten it as much as you can...after one day of riding, came loose again...not only that, it was so tight that it gave the base of my board 4 nice nipples, but still came loose...finally found a great solution...sold em and got Unions!
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look ma! no shift key!!!
dont you find it hard to read when somebody obvously doesn't make the efrt to use proper captlization and punctuation you are a pimple on the side of this forums face and must be picked!!!

OP, it does sound weird that they backed out. Was it really warm when you installed the bindings and then super cold out at the hill? Could have been some sort of expansion contraction thing that started it, I'd tighten again and then tighten after a run or two at the hill.

Also do you wiggle your bindings when installing the screws? I usually get the screws finger tight, then wiggle the binding back and forth to make sure it's really well set with the baseplate, etc.
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lol, rough crowd
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dont you find it hard to read when somebody obvously doesn't make the efrt to use proper captlization and punctuation you are a pimple on the side of this forums face and must be picked!!!

OP, it does sound weird that they backed out. Was it really warm when you installed the bindings and then super cold out at the hill? Could have been some sort of expansion contraction thing that started it, I'd tighten again and then tighten after a run or two at the hill.

Also do you wiggle your bindings when installing the screws? I usually get the screws finger tight, then wiggle the binding back and forth to make sure it's really well set with the baseplate, etc.
I installed the bindings in my apartment, which is usually around 68 degrees, and the 3 times I rode it was right around 30 degrees, so I don't think it's a temperature thing.

I did not wiggle my bidnings at all when I installed them, I will have try doing that when I get home and see if it makes any difference.
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Had the exact same problem with Ride Rodeos on my Ride Kink...customer service said tighten them more...so I did...same thing, came loose again...called ride again, they said hand tighten it as much as you can...after one day of riding, came loose again...not only that, it was so tight that it gave the base of my board 4 nice nipples, but still came loose...finally found a great solution...sold em and got Unions!
I would love to buy a new pair, but I am extremely limited in what works with my boot size (size 17), and the EX are really the only binding I've been able to find that actually fits my boot without major modification to get the toe caps to reach.
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I installed the bindings in my apartment, which is usually around 68 degrees, and the 3 times I rode it was right around 30 degrees, so I don't think it's a temperature thing.

I did not wiggle my bidnings at all when I installed them, I will have try doing that when I get home and see if it makes any difference.
That might help but dont expect miracles. Thread tape is where its at. Locktite is great but can be hard to work with when you need to loosen for waxing.
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