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Drive QRS Installation

The Bont Rowing Drive QRS (Quick Release System) is designed to fit across all standard four-hole foot stretchers and can be installed using supplied hardware to both boat and shoes. The Drive QRS is compatible with the optional Drive QRS Angle Wedge (3.5-degrees) and Heel Set (3mm, 7mm and 11mm effective heel lift) which is included with all Drive QRS+ systems or available separately. The Drive QRS Steering Plate is also available separately.

The Bont Rowing Heel Set can be retrofitted to all Bont Rowing shoes using the instructions available via

Note: The Drive QRS Shoe Plate is not designed for walking. Walking on the Drive QRS Shoe Plate while fitted to your shoes may damage the engagement system along with your shoes. FISA-approved heel ties and safety straps, included with all Bont Rowing shoes, must be adjusted appropriately and used at all times.


Foot Plate
  • 2 x Drive QRS Foot Plates (left and right)
  • 8 x M5, 11mm Countersunk screws (standard foot stretcher, Bakelite plate)
  • 4 x M5, 14mm Counter Sunk Screws (foot stretcher and Angle Wedge installation, Bakelite plate)
  • 8 x M5, 11mm Flat Head screws (standard foot stretcher, flat foot plate)
  • 4 x M5, 14mm Flat Head Screws (foot stretcher and Angle Wedge installation, flat foot plate)
  • 8 x Washers (foot stretcher)
  • 8 x M5 nuts (foot Stretcher)
Shoe Plate
  • 2 x Drive QRS Shoe Plates (left and right)
  • 8 x M5, 10mm Flat Head screws (shoes)


  • 1 x Drive QRS complete kit (as listed above)
  • 2 x Heel Set (kit includes 3mm, 7mm and 11mm effective heel lift)
  • 2 x 18mm Countersunk Heel Set screws
  • 2 x M5 T-Nuts (only required for Heel Set shoe conversion)
  • 2 x Angle Wedge plates (left and right)
  • 2 x Drive QRS Shoe Plates (left and right)
  • 8 x M5, 10mm Flat Head screws (shoes)


  • 2 x Steering Plates
Tools needed:
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Torque wrench rated to 5nM

Note: Foot stretcher and existing system (if applicable) will need to be removed prior to installation of the Drive QRS.



The following instructions are for installation of the Bont Rowing Drive QRS Foot Plate. Head to to download the Drive QRS Shoe Plate instructions.

Prepare foot stretcher as shown (Image 1) and ensure all existing hardware is removed.

The next section refers to installation of the Drive QRS Angle Wedge (Image 2). If this is not being installed, skip to Step 3.


Locate the L and R for each respective side and place the logo face down onto the foot stretcher. The Angle Wedge should be positioned with the thickest part towards the far end of the stretcher (Image 3). If you were sitting in the boat, this would be at the toe end of the stretcher (not heel end).

boat, this would be at the toe end of the stretcher (not heel end). Check the stretcher and Angle Wedge drill holes are lined up. If not, check they are placed on the correct side with the logo face down. Proceed to Step 3.


Place the left and right Drive QRS Foot Plates as shown while checking the drill holes line up with the foot stretcher and Angle Wedges (if installed). (Image 4).

Take one M5 countersunk screw and place it through the back of the foot stretcher, Angle Wedge (if installed) and into the Foot Plate. If you have installed the Angle Wedge, keep in mind the different length screws required for the toe and heel ends of the stretcher. This is to accommodate the wedge thickness. Depending on the kit provided, you will need to install either the 11mm or 14mm counter sunk screw (Image 3) from the base side of the foot stretcher. Fit one M5 nut and screw the bolt into the Foot Plate and tighten to a maximum torque of 5nM (Image 5). Once tight, check the bolt threads do not protrude beyond the end of the nut.

Repeat this process for the remaining holes while remembering the correct length bolt - guided by Angle Wedge installation.


Re-install foot stretcher onto shell and get ready to row!



  • SURFACE FINISH: Specified
  • TOLERANCES: +/- 0.2mm
  • The highlighted 5mm holes are where the Bont Rowing Drive QRS Foot Plate is attached to the foot stretcher.
  • The following drawings do not indicate or dictate splay or width, nor does it allow for fitting specifications within any one hull. These drawings are to be used with the accompanied DWG engineering file for use in detailing hole locations on a foot stretcher.
  • Ensure to constrain relations between fastening points and rotate about the center point indicated for splay as each foot stretcher is individual.