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UWSkier

Loose tracking fins and seat base removal

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UWSkier

I'm usually pretty mechanically inclined, but I wanted to drop a match in the boat this evening.  Noticed today we were taking on a ton of water.  Packing good.  Rudder stuffing good.  Engine buttoned up tight.  Immediately thought tracking fin.  Boat up on lift, verified true.  Reading the crew, folks say pull up floor and remove gas tank.

How TF do you get the seat base out of an '01 VLX?  It has to come out to get the floor panel up to move the gas tank.  Found a bunch of brackets and removed those screws.  Can get it to move, but it's attached to seat back.  Does the whole damn back seat need to come out to access tracking fin bolts?  If so... grrrr

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oldjeep

tracking fin bolts are on the bottom of boat, no nuts just lags in glass

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UWSkier

@oldjeepNegative.  They're screwed in from above on this vintage.  4 screws under the gas tank.  I wish they were lagged in from the bottom.  Would make it an easy job in that case.

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oldjeep

ok, I know they are lagged on an 04.

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85 Barefoot
16 hours ago, UWSkier said:

I'm usually pretty mechanically inclined, but I wanted to drop a match in the boat this evening.  Noticed today we were taking on a ton of water.  Packing good.  Rudder stuffing good.  Engine buttoned up tight.  Immediately thought tracking fin.  Boat up on lift, verified true.  Reading the crew, folks say pull up floor and remove gas tank.

How TF do you get the seat base out of an '01 VLX?  It has to come out to get the floor panel up to move the gas tank.  Found a bunch of brackets and removed those screws.  Can get it to move, but it's attached to seat back.  Does the whole damn back seat need to come out to access tracking fin bolts?  If so... grrrr

You don't need to remove the "superstructure" that the pylon is in, but you do have to keep removing screws as I recall.

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