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Rear 'TailLight' Vents tearing up our ropes

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The emblem on the vents in the back have been a magnet for the rope (while picking up the rider) and a few times a day the rope gets caught on it and starts tearing up. 

I've been thinking about putting a block of foam on it or something but it would be a terrible eyesore.


Has anyone solved this problem in a decently looking way?


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My 04 has never done this.  Is the rope getting caught between the mesh and the polished flat metal.  Is there currently a gap between the mesh and the outer metal?

Could you take off the vent and epoxy the mesh to that flat piece so nothing could get between them? 

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I've got the same boat and never had a rope get caught on those vents, weird. I would work on something for the rope before doing anything to the boat, maybe a section of noodle on the rope?

BTW, that's where you engine compartment vents when you run the blower so I would not cover them up.

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Yes, the mesh is not attached to the steel piece. Maybe it was pressed in at one time. I wonder if that's the issue. Maybe I will try to get the mesh glued back onto the steel piece.

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A bit off topic as far as ropes are concerned, but those vents are a big opening that suck in water when I weight down heavily for surfing. Especially when turning around to pick up a downed rider. I have been wanting to come up with some  deflector devices similar to the carbon fiber vent covers that centurion uses  image_14.png

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