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    Installing an FCS plug

    So, my quad/fish is pretty much the most active board in my quiver around these parts, aside from the LB of course. I will just cut the sh** and say it. I want to convert it to a 5 fin option, most commonly for thruster use. I love the board, I have it dialed in, I am just not a huge fan of the quad....

    So, would I butcher this board, that is otherwise mint condition by trying to cut into it and install a 5th FCS plug? Or should I just bite the bullet, call the local shaper and have him do it. I just don't want to compromise the integrity of the board, since she is a cherry at this point.

    Again, aside from some major repairs of the years and spending too much time in my shaper's bay in CA, I really have never shaped or done serious glassying....

    Is this an ill advised idea?

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    It's possible with some basic tools but I gotta ask the question why...why not just add a nubste if you are looking for a bit more pivot...

    As for DIY...I think you'd be taking a risk...I would encourage ya to try it on a broke board or a POS you have first.

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    Aren't the nubste's meant to be used as a center fin though? Even if I put those on the back side fins, it's no center pivot fin. I am not all that well versed in the quad world, but adding a center fin and taking it for a spin would answer my questions once and for all..... I just KNOW i could swing the tail around and get loose with a few more of the tricks I am accustomed to, that the current fin setup just doesn't allow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zach619 View Post
    So, my quad/fish is pretty much the most active board in my quiver around these parts, aside from the LB of course. I will just cut the sh** and say it. I want to convert it to a 5 fin option, most commonly for thruster use. I love the board, I have it dialed in, I am just not a huge fan of the quad....

    So, would I butcher this board, that is otherwise mint condition by trying to cut into it and install a 5th FCS plug? Or should I just bite the bullet, call the local shaper and have him do it. I just don't want to compromise the integrity of the board, since she is a cherry at this point.

    Again, aside from some major repairs of the years and spending too much time in my shaper's bay in CA, I really have never shaped or done serious glassying....

    Is this an ill advised idea?

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    Sooo easy.

    What tools ya got? Do you have a drill? Router? 1 1/8 hole saw bit? Beers, a doob, maybe some irie music? That's it.

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    You gotta get a hole saw bit first. FCS sells a 1 3/16 hole saw bit with their install kit but nobody uses it (kinda big) and you'll never find that size anyhow. Maybe get some of those FCS peel and stick template pads from Surfsource. They cost .50 cents.

    Step 1: Get 1 1/8th hole saw bit and hack saw off the guide bit in the middle.

    Step 2: Make a 'jig' for drilling holes in a piece of plywood or something similar.

    Step 3: Drill holes. Use a chisel or flathead screw driver to pop out the foam pillar

    Step 4: Put plugs on a fin.

    Step 5: Pour just enough Lam resin in holes to go about half way up the plugs. Do not fill all the way or the resin will exotherm. Come back with Sanding Resin and fill all the way up when it's just past gel stage.

    Step 6: You have a kid right? Do they have Playdo or some sorta clay? put a little on the leading and trailing edge of the fin to keep it in place if you don't have those FCS template/damns. Get it perfect then tape from rail, over the top of fin to the other rail. Don't stare at it and mess with it. Walk away.....walk away. This is what all shops do.

    Step 7: Route those plugs flat. Sanding em sucks. You'll never get them flat if you don't have a good variable speed sander/polisher. And you'll probably start tapping weave or burning through glass around the plug if you've never used one.
    Last edited by ATANTICOO; Jul 21, 2014 at 09:57 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zach619 View Post
    So, my quad/fish is pretty much the most active board in my quiver around these parts, aside from the LB of course. I will just cut the sh** and say it. I want to convert it to a 5 fin option, most commonly for thruster use. I love the board, I have it dialed in, I am just not a huge fan of the quad....

    So, would I butcher this board, that is otherwise mint condition by trying to cut into it and install a 5th FCS plug? Or should I just bite the bullet, call the local shaper and have him do it. I just don't want to compromise the integrity of the board, since she is a cherry at this point.

    Again, aside from some major repairs of the years and spending too much time in my shaper's bay in CA, I really have never shaped or done serious glassying....

    Is this an ill advised idea?

    FISH.JPG
    fish-board.jpg
    I see diy hack jobs come in all the time. Get it done right the first time. Take it to a shaper/glasser you trust and have them do it. We would charge probably 25 or 30 for that center plug. Also I couldn't tell from the pic if that was a swallow tail or squash?

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    Quote Originally Posted by all4blues View Post
    I see diy hack jobs come in all the time. Get it done right the first time. Take it to a shaper/glasser you trust and have them do it. We would charge probably 25 or 30 for that center plug. Also I couldn't tell from the pic if that was a swallow tail or squash?
    No No No. Just do it yourself. I've installed 1000's of FCS plugs and im an idiot. Trust me, you can do it no problem. You can train a monkey, or even metard to install FCS. Way too easy

    You could also throw in a Probox box. Look into em'. You can use FCS fins with those boxes.

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    Leave it alone and buy another board that is a thruster or 5 fin converter. You're ballin and have the money, don't go ruining that board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DawnPatrolSUP View Post
    Leave it alone and buy another board that is a thruster or 5 fin converter. You're ballin and have the money, don't go ruining that board.
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