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Tutorial - How To build a custom Airstyle T-Handle

Postby Macisback » Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:45 pm

Finally I am there after a lot of testing!

You need:

- Standard alloy stripes (ideally with already slightly rounded edges) , 3cm wide, 5 mm high and 50 cm long, 3-5 Euros

- Bike Grip (I recommend BBB here: http://www.amazon.de/BBB-Moosgummi-grif ... +moosgummi ) 6 Euros

- maybe Superglue and an injection needle / or JB Weld epoxy, 3-10 Euros

- Tinshop/Tinner (20 Euros)

Step 1:
Go to a welding shop or tinsmith and make him have the alloy stripe bent into shape as shown on FrederikS drawing (holes are size M6) (they have machines for doing it, takes only a few minutes)

Step 2: Round the edges and drill the holes, polish it (maybe let the tinner do it - easier)

Step 3: Cut the Multifoam Bike Grip into the right length and slowly milimeter by milimeter push and pull (compress, pull, compress, pull..) it onto the alloy, it exactly fits the width/height

Step 4: Maybe you want to stop the grip from rotating (it only rotates very little anyhow) then use the superglue or epoxy inside to fix it (Superglue: inject it with a injector with smallest needle possible, epoxy you can only glue the sidewalls, which you will have to compress to the alloy for 12h

Step 5: Fix the screws (maybe use a washer), most of the time you can use the screws from your old handle (usually they are 6mmm high)


Done! You now have the most fantastic Airstyle T-handle in the world :-)

Hint: take a ruler and measure the highest point of your instep on top of your foot, add 1cm to it - that should be the individual hight for your handle ( 3mm for the grip, 7mm on top), depending on your taste

For me this makes it very easy to get in , lock, get out. Also easy for locking with second foot and super easy to catch the board there.

Some of you might want a grip plate under the T- Handle - I didnt find that necessary.
Some might be better off with tennis grip and on top waterproof grip around the handle - for me the foam does a perfect job - soft like footstraps, because of only 3mm still very precise

Have fun!

Tutorial for custom grabrail in the works :-)
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Re: Tutorial - How To build a custom Airstyle T-Handle

Postby Toby » Wed Jan 08, 2014 2:05 pm

wow, looks perfect!!!! :thumb:

I want, can I order it?

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Re: Tutorial - How To build a custom Airstyle T-Handle

Postby Macisback » Wed Jan 08, 2014 2:12 pm

My friend, yours is free. I only want you to test it and give me veeeery detailed feedback on grabrails and T-Handles and other Airstyle custom builds I come up with.

Just tell me if you want yours to be glued inside (didnt glue my one yet, as it only moves max 1-2 mm) and if you want washers (industry washers). Not sure if washers are needed with 5mm alloy.

As written in the T-Handle post, maybe we can develope the perfect product and then supply parts for the whole community via your shop (given my tinner and CNC guy are interested, because its more for passion then for earning money)

Price for T-Handle customs including postage would need to be 40-50 Euros in this quality (having the usual dealers profit inside that price), for grabrails around 25 Euros.

What do you think?

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Re: Tutorial - How To build a custom Airstyle T-Handle

Postby flybykite » Thu Nov 13, 2014 5:24 am

Hey Mac,
I thought I remembered reading about a custom made carbon fiber t handle you built. Was that you? Wondering how it holds up. Anyway, I bought some CF tape today and plan on building one.
No core, just a thick layup on a foam block.

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Re: Tutorial - How To build a custom Airstyle T-Handle

Postby plummet » Thu Nov 13, 2014 6:42 am

6 mm should do it man. You could get technical and use a bit of dowel on the handle bit wrap that in carbon.....

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Re: Tutorial - How To build a custom Airstyle T-Handle

Postby Westozzy » Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:11 am

I used tennis grip tape myself, the sticky stuff. Has some padding with it. Soft but firm easy to grip and it won't rotate on the handle...you can't have it rotating at all. I tried some roof rack foam stuff and it didn't work, definetly needs glueing above. Looks a great handle man.

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Re: Tutorial - How To build a custom Airstyle T-Handle

Postby Toby » Thu Nov 13, 2014 5:51 pm

flybykite wrote:Hey Mac,
I thought I remembered reading about a custom made carbon fiber t handle you built. Was that you? Wondering how it holds up. Anyway, I bought some CF tape today and plan on building one.
No core, just a thick layup on a foam block.


carbon will look nice...but too slippery and hard. You want to wrap something around...and then you don't need carbon. Just bend some alloy and you will be fine.

By now you can also order the perfect T-Handles custom made by Leo Customs. R&D by Macisback!!! :thumb:

http://www.airstyle.tv/buy-t-handle/

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Re: Tutorial - How To build a custom Airstyle T-Handle

Postby plummet » Thu Nov 13, 2014 7:19 pm

Carbon is way cooler than alloy tho!... and lighter and stronger

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Re: Tutorial - How To build a custom Airstyle T-Handle

Postby Westozzy » Thu Nov 13, 2014 11:53 pm

Think mine is aluminium..pretty light...how light do you want it?

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Re: Tutorial - How To build a custom Airstyle T-Handle

Postby plummet » Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:31 am

Lets face it. You would make it out of carbon because you can not because you have to.


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