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Dodger40

Tightening Illusion X tower to prevent stress cracks

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Dodger40

How often do you recommend tightening the bolts connecting the tower to the boat? My boat is currently pristine and I want to keep it that way.

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Vettesetter

I would check them if you are worried about it. Then once or twice a season. You might want to tighten the platform brackets while you're at it. And anything else you can check would be wise.

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Dodger40

Forgive me for my dumb question, but when you say platform do you mean the swim step?

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Vettesetter

Forgive me for my dumb question, but when you say platform do you mean the swim step?

Yes, I mean the bolts that hold the swim platform brackets to the transom, they can also cause stress cracks in the gelcoat. Really they should be removed and the holes chamfered so stress cracks can't start but even I don't do that.

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h2ojunkie

I have Illusion X as well and I don't ever remember reading they needed to be tightened. Is yours loose, or does it work it's way loose?

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Vettesetter

I have Illusion X as well and I don't ever remember reading they needed to be tightened. Is yours loose, or does it work it's way loose?

This is just trying to prevent any stress cracks from starting, you don't know if it's loose until you check. This goes for every nut, bolt and screw on your boat, if you keep everything maintained and tighten loose stuff that you can find your boat will be quiet and solid and last a long time. The choice is yours

You might want to examine the entire tower, as there have been failures. I look over every inch of it at the beginning of the season and no tubes are ever to be pulled off the tower, unless your just idling.

Edited by Vettesetter Z06

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Dodger40

Thanks for your help. I have learned so much from everyone.

This site is very addictive! Plus it is saving me a ton of money.

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Dare2goBare

Thanks for your help. I have learned so much from everyone.

This site is very addictive! Plus it is saving me a ton of money.

We'll i don't know about saving money......seems like the Crew loves to make suggestion on how they want to see us spend our

monies on our BUs....

Lol.....:Tease3:

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h2ojunkie

I'm assuming the bolts/nuts are up under the gunwale below tower where it's mounted? What size nuts and does it require a deep well socket?

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Bawshogg

I think they are like 3/4 or 13/16 IFRC.

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jenniferb1313

No tubes from the tower? Is it safe to pull wakeboards from the tower?

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Bill_AirJunky

........... and no tubes are ever to be pulled off the tower, unless your just idling.

What if you have the ballast filled at the time too. :Doh::rofl:

All Illusion owners should also be checking the hinge points in that tower. They have bushings that will wear out or even seize up... in which case they should be replaced ASAP. If they wear, the tower will move everytime you go over a bump or wave & can pinch your skin if you happen to be touching it at the time. It causes a nasty blood blister when it happens.

Edited by Bill_AirJunky

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