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Ask DocSk8 (Expert Indoor Skate Building Advice) This forum is different then the other SkateLog forums in that it is not a discussion forum, but rather a place you can ask skate building expert Fred "DocSk8" Benjamin about building and repairing indoor speed, derby, and jamskate quad roller skates. Please start a new thread for each new question.

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Old January 17th, 2019, 04:25 AM   #1
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Hi Doc, I have to mount plates on a leather Carrera boot, size 8 boot, size 7 sure grip avanti plate. I have a snyder mounting tool. Is the 3mm offset to the smaller toe side about normal for this/any mount. I know the front axle needs to be just in front of the ball of the foot a bit.
I also have an aerobiskate reidell boot size 11 that is leather but the sole seems like its spongy/not leather or normal sole material. It's very comfortable. I have a Crazy Venus plate for it, 283mm. I am taking off an aluminum plate that is riveted on and struggling with getting the rivets off. The old plate is crap so maybe I can just drill away and not sweat how I get the rivets off as long as I don't drill into the sole? I'm looking at the same offset 3mm to the small toe side for this one too. I read about the best way of getting the right spot for the offset is to find the spot between where the second and third toes are. Not sure how to do that very well. One is for my kid, size 8, one for me. We are recreational skates but want good equipment and we take lessons regularly. Improving constantly is the fun and the goal.
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Old January 17th, 2019, 05:25 AM   #2
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Hi Doc, I have to mount plates on a leather Carrera boot, size 8 boot, size 7 sure grip avanti plate.

The size 7 Avanti is too big for the size 8 Carrera. Sure Grip recommends a size 5 Avanti which is longer than I would use but still much better than the one you are planning to use.

I have a snyder mounting tool. Is the 3mm offset to the smaller toe side about normal for this/any mount. I know the front axle needs to be just in front of the ball of the foot a bit.

Not when I build them but you can certainly get by using that method. To be honest the Snyder tool is designed to do one thing. Provide a proper azimuth line on an art boot where the ball of the sk8rs foot is located exactly @ the widest part of the boot. If the ball of the foot is not there then all bets are off. Think the ball is there every time?? Go to the Brannock web site and read about the arch measurement.

I also have an aerobiskate reidell boot size 11 that is leather but the sole seems like its spongy/not leather or normal sole material. It's very comfortable.

Been there, done that.

I have a Crazy Venus plate for it, 283mm.

Again, longer than I would like but OK

I am taking off an aluminum plate (Aerobiskate??) that is riveted on and struggling with getting the rivets off. The old plate is crap so maybe I can just drill away and not sweat how I get the rivets off as long as I don't drill into the sole?

Do some searching here and in the quad forum. There is much discussion about plate removal. Almost as many ways to do it as people doing the task.

I'm looking at the same offset 3mm to the small toe side for this one too. I read about the best way of getting the right spot for the offset is to find the spot between where the second and third toes are.

Don't believe everything you read on the ol' interwebs. I get a lot of flack from the keyboard commandos about my technique, but I will center the front axle under the boot when I determine how far forward I want the axle to be.

Not sure how to do that very well. One is for my kid, size 8, one for me. We are recreational skates but want good equipment and we take lessons regularly. Improving constantly is the fun and the goal.
Good plan but you really need to get your son a shorter plate.
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Old January 21st, 2019, 03:37 AM   #3
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283mm venus plates? That sounded weird so I searched and couldn't find that length anywhere.


As for setups,
I use long plates myself. The longest I have done is 193mm on a 283mm foot 100mm less than the total length of a person's foot is about all I'd suggest max. Obviously as a foot gets much smaller that may decrease to say 90mm.? Not sure if Doc ever looked at it that way or not. Then again feet can differ ALOT, so there is no set plate size/wheelbase per shoe size

If you use long plates it can make turning harder without getting into heavy suspension modifications.
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Old January 27th, 2019, 08:16 PM   #4
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It's actually a 278mm plate from Crazy. I remembered that number wrong.Going on the size 11 aerobiskate. The plate that is on the size 8 Carrera boot is 27cm long as is the size 7 avanti. The old plate is a Suregrip Competitor 5L. it was mounted at a wholesale shop in Tacoma, Wash.
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