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StarOneWake

Illusion Tower

Folding Illusion Tower  

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  1. 1. Do you fold you Illusion Tower down after every time you use the boat?



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StarOneWake

I am looking for some feedback.. Do you fold your Illusion tower down after every use?

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augie09

nope. I try to mess with the pins as little as possible. I don't even look at my illusion tower crossly for fear of bushing wear. I collapse my bimini after every use though.

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NewMalibu

nope. I try to mess with the pins as little as possible. I don't even look at my illusion tower crossly for fear of bushing wear. I collapse my bimini after every use though.

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water_junky

I have an Illusion XS and fold it everytime and remove the rear hoop. PITA, but I don't like it sitting outside.

Terry

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Indyxc

I keep my boat on a lift, so no, only twice a year.

I've replaced my rear bushings with custom brass ones, and have metal bearings to replace the front plastic swivel bearing.

It's rock sold though now.

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mikeyg

I've never put it down.

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FlatH20

we go out 3-4 times a week. we lower the tower and raise it every time to clear the garage doors. been doing this for the past 3 years - no issues as far as the tower or bushings go - those replacement bushings made of brass sounds like a fantastic off-season project.

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yabetcha

I store my boat in my garage, so it gets raised and lowered every trip for the past 6 summers.

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Sunscape fan

I have an RV height shelter that my boat stays in so I never lower the illusion tower. I have done it only once and it was a major pain. I don't have pins for mine, I have Allen bolts. And when it's lowered it rests on the steering wheel... Not good. So I just never put it down. Also, the cover won't go on with it down and my boat is kept on a farm where there are numerous rats, mice, coyotes, raccons and birds. With the cover off my boat would be a mess. So far I've never had trouble with wildlife(knock on wood)since the cover is so tight.

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jesutton3

Lowered everytime. Darn low doors.

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signguy

We never fold ours. Boat gets stored in an RV height garage.

Is the poll to get feedback for your new mirror? It looks sweet BTW. If we didn't have a samson, i'd be interested in one.

Being ble to rotate it is key. We rotate it out of the way to trailer everytime.

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augie09

We never fold ours. Boat gets stored in an RV height garage.

Is the poll to get feedback for your new mirror? It looks sweet BTW. If we didn't have a samson, i'd be interested in one.

Being ble to rotate it is key. We rotate it out of the way to trailer everytime.

Saw the new menace mirror yesterday online. First thing I noticed was no hinge bolt. Samson uses the hinge bolt so you can quickly remove the mirror for tower folding, but leave the clamp on your tower. Mine folds all the way down with clamp still on. The big issue with the hinge bolt however is it loosens on it's own. Probably boat vibration and wind causing it, but even with 2 coats of blue loctite on the bolt, I still have to retighten 1-2 times per outing. It sux when I miss seeing a trick as the driver because the mirror arm has moved on it's own.

Looks like menace has resolved this, but the compromise is the entire assembly must be removed to collapse tower ( a fair trade in my situation, never needing to collapse the tower). I wonder if the constant taking on and off would eventually scuff up the tower finish though?

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Jimmypooh

We also must fold it every time we use it. Wont fit otherwise:

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saidainc

We also must fold it every time we use it. Wont fit otherwise:

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This has probably already been addressed somewhere but will the Illusion G3 tower fit under 8ft opening without modification?

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skyskier

My 2010 23 on a Boatmate trailer fits under an 8 ft opening, but just barely.

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mwood86

I have an RV height shelter that my boat stays in so I never lower the illusion tower. I have done it only once and it was a major pain. I don't have pins for mine, I have Allen bolts. And when it's lowered it rests on the steering wheel... Not good. So I just never put it down. Also, the cover won't go on with it down and my boat is kept on a farm where there are numerous rats, mice, coyotes, raccons and birds. With the cover off my boat would be a mess. So far I've never had trouble with wildlife(knock on wood)since the cover is so tight.

Even when you adjust the steering wheel up or down it still doesn't clear the steering wheel?

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C28

We lower our 07 23LSV every time (3x a week) to fit into the garage. I had to make a stand to keep the Sampson bracket from resting in the dash it has worked perfectly since new and I have the tower loaded with 4 XM650, 2 surf racks, 2 spinner board racks, and the extended Bimini. And yes I raise and lower it by myself every time to get into a 8' garage door.

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