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Old 11-26-2012, 11:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, so I know there is a whole forum for splitboarding, but I thought I would ask my question here instead of pestering an entire new forum for one question. This is a complete “Could I” question. Not a “Should I” or “Is this the best option?” I am just trying to understand the process a little bit I guess. Anyways, could I buy a used snowboard, apply the Voile DIY kit, use normal bindings and slap some skins on? Would that get my spiltboarding? Yes, I am fully aware that this is nowhere near ideal, but I am thinking of making it my summer project for next season. I would just deal hunt like crazy and do it for as cheap as possible while trying to get better than average gear. Plus, the idea of kind of making it myself seems pretty fun. Sorry for the kind of pointless question, but curiosity has a hold of me on this one! Thanks everyone.
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't have a splitboard, and I haven't ridden one yet, but to answer your question, yes, people make DIY splits. In fact, I'm pretty sure if you search around here hard enough you can find some threads where people have done just that.

EDIT:Or you can just look at the post above mine. That should answer it for you.
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Do it man. i split one of my old boards this fall and it turned out great. I messed up a bit with the cut(not my saw, unfamiliar with it) but it still turned out solid. Skinning sure beats snowshoes or bootpacking it. It makes the touring part actually somewhat enjoyable.

Its a good way to see if the splitboard is really the way you want to go without spending alot of money. I spent like $250 for the kit, supplies and skins.

I dont find the bindings/with plates to be too heavy(not that i have anything to compare it to) but it would be nice to have a dedicated set for both the solid and split so i wouldnt have to change them out so often.

The DYI is nice cuz you can take pride in the fact that you created such a nifty device that levels the playing field with the two plank wankers in the BC. I am however still a bit skeptical about its longterm durablity but I got 4 days with it so far and no signs of wear.
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey snowolf go put a magnet on your slider plates. Mine are aluminium.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:45 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you Snowolf and everyone else for all the info! I really do appreciate it. Got way more info than I expected, but that is just awesome! I am feeling way more stoked now that I know that it really is just that easy! Now the plan is to wait for the season to die down in a few months and start hunting for killer deals. Next season I'll be in the snow earlier due to my DIY split!
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:26 AM   #6 (permalink)
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For lower start up and saving in the long run....what do know?...first season and haven't even started splitting, yet fucked the whole hog. Do a diy split but spend the money on the sparks or k's and you can use them later if you go to a factory split. As for cutting, my friend that I have been bring up to the hill for 9 years, he started cutting his own board 2-3 years ago when he was 15 and has done a few. He uses a plywood jig, table saw and a fine cut blade
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:32 AM   #7 (permalink)
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My DIY split (although it was done "professionally" by a local shop).



I've since replaced the slider plates with Spark Burners.



There are a bunch of "how to" videos on youtube for making your own splitboard. It's pretty easy if you have the tools needed.
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Ah ha! That may explain it then. Mine are definitely stainless steel and very heavy! I have had no evidence of cracking. I am thinking then that this issue that Killclimbz was telling me about may be the result of them switching to alluminum ones if they have but I don`t think any of the slider plates are made of aluminium; it`s too soft of a metal to hold up to the pins. I believe stainless steel is non magnetic so you cant rely on that. I would be surprised if they did switch to aluminium really. Check the weight, I am thinking you will agree that they are too heavy to be made of aluminium.
my volie kit is over five years old and my plates are alum. There are a couple people that will weld a ride or a bentmetal with a aluminum baseplate to the volie plate. cant weld stainless to Alum.

any way, id look for a ride binding to put on the volie plates they are the lightest binding with a metal base to it. Plastic bindings flex a lot more than designed on a volie plate as the outside edges are unsupported.

shoot me a message if you have questions about building a diy splitter i've done more than 10 now and have figured out some good tricks.
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:19 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Sweet, awesome guys, thanks again! Yeah that Slack Country is awesome, it is a board high on my list for sure. Thanks for the tip on alum binders as I was going to try to find some cartels. I have brand new Capos on my Berzerker, but I'll try to hunt down some used ones end of season. So stoked for this already, but it's still very far away.
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Ah ha! That may explain it then. Mine are definitely stainless steel and very heavy! I have had no evidence of cracking. I am thinking then that this issue that Killclimbz was telling me about may be the result of them switching to alluminum ones if they have but I don`t think any of the slider plates are made of aluminium; it`s too soft of a metal to hold up to the pins. I believe stainless steel is non magnetic so you cant rely on that. I would be surprised if they did switch to aluminium really. Check the weight, I am thinking you will agree that they are too heavy to be made of aluminium.
Mine are black anodized aluminium. Ill get a weight on them when I get a chance. I work with metal all day so I can tell its aluminium just by holding them in my hand, the weight, the grain structure on the folds and also by the fact that they are hard anodized

3xx series stainless is non magnetic so yeah if they are general grade stainless they wont stick
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