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Posted 02 August 2006 - 10:45 AM
looks good so far... so does the boat.... Post these in the gallery as well.
more pre-install pics
Posted 02 August 2006 - 10:47 PM
This is what I did after looking at the factory install on an 06 scic and looking at after market installs of after market towers. I know that one of the after market towers was causing damage to the storage compartment covers which is why I opted for the factory tower.
1. use rubber gasket as template to layout left rear plate behind the gas cap, centering shoulder bolt on the crease of the trunk about an 1 inch above the ledge above the seam.
2. drill pilot holes, I used 1/8”, ¼” then the ½” so as not to damage the gel coat and notice that thickness of the mounting point about 5/8” w/ an aluminum plate sandwiched between the fiberglass.
3. install the left rear base plate.
4. install the base plates on the front legs of the tower and cover hull with a towel where the base plates touch.
5. mount the left rear of the tower.
6. transfer the measurements from the left rear to the right rear and install the right rear
7. mount the right rear of the tower, the easy part is over and the tower should be where it wants to be without any bending or flexing.
8. layout the left front mount about 1 1/8” above the ledge above the seam and drill your holes.
9. now drill the big hole to access through the storage compartment see pics and yes it is a 4 ½” hole for the access.
10. cut out the foam backing and install the left front base plate ¾ complete.
11. layout the right front base plate w/ the same layout on left and drill your holes.
12. same big hole to cut in the right storage compartment, see pics.
13. install last base plate and mount the last leg of the tower.
14. install the big hole covers and double check your work.
1/8”, ¼”, ½” drill bits
¼” nut driver
4 ½” hole saw
waterproof white caulk for sealing deck covers
rope to hold tower up in garage
family spectators/extra helpers to witness damage to new boat
4 - 1 ½” x ½” stainless steel bolts w/ ss washers
4 - 1” x ½” stainless steel bolts w/ ss washers
4 - rubber gaskets (factory)
2 - 4” deck covers w/ 12 self tapping #8 x 5/8” screws
Wear a long sleeve shirt b/c I itched for a day after.
Do the left front before the right front (I corrected in the instructions.)
Don’t forget the loc tite.
It was an easy installation considering we never did one and had no documentation. It took about 4 hours from start to finish and I think I could do one in about 2.5 hours after learning the process.
If I missed any I will add.
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Posted 08 August 2006 - 10:41 AM
I used the 4 inch and cut a 4-1/2 inch hole. the covers did not come with the kit and the dealer was missing some of the other parts but i found them at a bolt store. i used caulk to seal the rings and self tapping screws b/c it was much easier than drilling in the small confines. Do the port side first b/c it takes more energy and patience. if you are in the san diego area you can use my hole saw, it was about $40 w/mandrel from home depot. the tower makes towing whatever so much easier and better as you dont have to worry about the rope getting caught wherever plus the factory tower has the bimini and mirror where aftermarket charges for each piece you add.
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