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Illusion tower remove on a VLX'08


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Recently i noticed some cracks in the gelcoat near the tower mount points. For future crack problems i want to remove the illusion tower.

I red on this forum that i have to chamfer the holes (gelcoat) to prevent cracks in the future.

Is it easy or difficult to remove the tower and most of all, how do i have to remove the spings that hold the tower (when collapse) ?

Has someone experience or tips to remove the tower ?

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How bad are the cracks? I have some small cracks in the gel behind mine but it's nothing to be concerned about. Fiberglass is flexible and gelcoat is not so it will crack. Have tubes ever been towed from the tower? If so that is probably the cause.

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the cracks are smail (until now), but i think they will be larger in the future.

The cracks are only on starboard. But i think that the other port will be in the comming years. (by doing nothing).

Did you ever retighten your bolts ? Someone told me to do this every year.

Has someone already took the illusion tower off the boat ? how to release the spings ?

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I haven't re tightened them. It is still very tight. I think you will find most people with the Illusion tower and more than a couple hundred hours of use are going to have some form of cracking. It isn't structural as said before but if the cracks bother you you can remove the tower and put something like a Titan 3 on there. Seems like a lot of work and money for something that is just cosmetic.

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Still is the question,

How to remove the illusion tower, how do i have to remove the springs that hold the tower (when collapse)

Anyone experience to remove this model tower ?

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