Dynafit TLT Heel Unit Plate Mod

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | March 30, 2006      

For racing and light touring some folks like to cut the heel post off the Dynafit TLT binding. The best way to do this is to take the plate off the binding, use a grinder to remove the post and reshape the plate, then reinstall. Use a “star drive” Torx TX10 screw driver bit for the screws, and adjust the vertical release setting to zero before removing plate or the binding internals will explode. It’s okay to back the screws out with a power driver, but replace them by hand as they strip easily.

Dynafit TLT heel plate mod
Modified plate shown above. And the burning question, how much weight does this save? Plate before mod was 1.3 oz (34 g), after mod .9 oz (24 g). Weight saved: 0.3 oz (10 g). Weighed without plastic button frequently used on top of heel post, add 0.3 oz (10 g) for those. Worth it? You decide.

McLean Dynafit Quiver
Andrew McLean sent this photo of his and Polly’s quiver. Says Andrew: “I was in the shop this morning and noticed this photo composition, which I entitle “Still Life With Full Release.” (grin) I thought it was funny, as the skis we use all the time gravitate to the front of the rack, and of those, all of them had Dynafits — something I’m sure you can appreciate.”


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7 Responses to “Dynafit TLT Heel Unit Plate Mod”

  1. Joel March 30th, 2006 2:08 pm

    I shaved my beard last week and found that I climbed my favorite bc hill .75 seconds faster than my best time! I can’t attribute all the time saved to the loss in beard weight (.75 seconds is a lot!), so I’m guessing that aerodynamics of my smooth aquavelva man face must have chipped in.

  2. kd March 30th, 2006 3:36 pm

    How many of those skis did they purchase with their own money?

  3. DG March 30th, 2006 5:11 pm


    Thanks for the weight compares. Being a tech geek, I enjoyed it.

    As for the pictures of McLean’s quiver: Anyone who accomplishes what those two have probably deserve a few sets of skis. Good on ‘ya.

  4. Lou March 30th, 2006 6:31 pm

    KD, what’s your point? It’s well known that Andrew and Polly are sponsored in various ways, and also have won various races. They probably used as little of their own money as possible, is there something wrong with that?

  5. AKBC March 31st, 2006 12:08 pm

    kd – I try to purchase as little as possible with my own money too. It never really works out though…

  6. andrew mclean March 31st, 2006 2:31 pm

    Hi kd,
    In the tradtional sense of slapping down cash for skis, I don’t think any of them were paid for directly “with our own money.” Many of them were won in racing compeitions (thanks to Life-Link and Dynafit!), some were traded for days of work (thanks to K2), some were a result of Polly being on the USSMA ski team (thanks to Jeannie Wall) and a few of them were photo incentives, factory seconds or prototypes. But, for each pair of skis you see there, there were probably 10 or more pairs that were bought with “our own money” over the last 30+ years. Some people have savings accounts, other people have ski quivers. Carpe skiem.

  7. Mark April 1st, 2006 10:25 am

    Carpe skiem! Ain’t no topping that one!


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