this probably belongs in r+h, but i'm juiced on them and everyone loves 98's.
i bought some brand new 98's off here a couple years ago (size 7 w00t), and did a mod with full carbon souls shaved to fit. because of remedyz raised heel and weird shaped bottom, the souls never fit perfectly flush, and skated pretty sloppy because of the side flex that would happen between the frame and the boot. i only rode them a few times, broke the plates doing a big gap, and then had them in my closet for a while until today. for this time around, i wanted the frames closer to the boot with no flex, and a more solid feeling soul.
what i ended up doing is donating some new carbon souls, but just scoring and snapping off the positive souls. i secured them at front, back, and at the backslide plate. these things are more solid than stock souls on pretty much every skate, they are countersuck and held on the inside of the shell with t-nuts. i also did 95% of the plastic trimming on the boot itself and not on the soulplates, so that replacing souls will be a 10 minute process at most next time. for the frames, i used some unreleased 'natural' colored 5050 cores (thx #jthursday), because they match the suede of the boot quite nicely and the metal core gives a much more solid ride on these soft boots. i also made spacer plates out of the ufs receivers from the carbon plates, to go in the heel. this allowed the skate to sit much closer to the ground/frame, while still allowing for the shell's slightly raised heel. now, to the porn; sorry they're a bit small.
rode them today, they feel much better now... amazing even. these skates seem to have super toe roll powers...