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Fin won't quite fit -- help? - 2009/02/05 10:13 I'm trying to change the fin on my longboard, and the new fin has a little ridge that sticks out and hits the bottom, so it's not fitting in the slot correctly. It's secure in there and it's not gonna fall out, but I'm concerned that this will cause drag or otherwise affect my ride. This is the first time I've played around with fins. Any expert advice?

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Re:Fin won't quite fit -- help? - 2009/02/05 13:59 hi Shawna, your new fin must have been made for a different box but i don't think the unwanted extra glass shown in your image, at the front, sides and the rear of the fin, will affect performance very much and probably not noticably though, it'd be nice to sand it back flush for appearances. if you're really into this fin and you want to do something about the extra glass, mark a line around the fin while the fin is properly installed then remove the fin and hand-sand the unwanted extras with some coarse sandpaper wrapped around a small block of wood until almost flush, finish with gradually smoother grades of sandpaper. a mechanical grinder or sander will do the job a lot more quickly than hand-sanding but unless you're experienced a mechnical device can easily take too much off or run-away across the fin and ruin it's appearance. always wear a dust mask and work in a ventilated area when sanding anything.
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Re:Fin won't quite fit -- help? - 2009/02/05 14:11 hmmm, just thinking, in your image, is the locating-pin properly installed in the fin? i.e. is the pin in the rear of the fin or did you remove it? if the pin has been removed for the sake of sitting the fin in the box then it looks like you'll have to sand-off the bottom of the fin to get the correct depth. sanding-off the bottom of the fin is easy but be careful to sand and check the height regularly with the pin installed so as not to take too much off and shape a radius into the bottom rear of the fin so it will pivot into the box. if you take too much off the bottom then the fin will be loose but you can remedy by packing between the fin and the box with some home-made shims made of thin hard plastic. hey, i'm not near any box fins so i can't get any images to help here, someone will have an image to help this discussion. good luck.
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Re:Fin won't quite fit -- help? - 2009/02/05 14:19 wow, i've really got a thinking thing going now. maybe there's no locating-pin or pin-hole in the rear of your new fin because the fin is intended to be tailored to suit any box in which case its up to you to locate the pin and this is getting a bit tedious so maybe take your board and the fin to someone in the business who can accurately mark-out and drill a hole and install a pin in your fin to suit your board's fin-box.
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Re:Fin won't quite fit -- help? - 2009/04/08 06:49 Don't know if you have taken care of this problem already but i have had this problem recently and i found hand sanding to tedious.If you don't have a sander or grinder i recommend a hand file this will go much faster for u.Worked for me.
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Re:Fin won't quite fit -- help? - 2009/04/08 10:04 That is the strangest looking fin I have ever seen!
Hey Element where have you been there is a lot of
stuff posted that needs your (cynical) love! LOL
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