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billritchie

Removing trailer guide posts

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billritchie

Just took delivery of 20 VTX.  The guide posts on the trailer make the boat/trailer a bit too wide to back into my garage.  They are removable by removing the two bolts per pole holding them in place.  I can do that and then reinstall when I take it out of the garage but I was hoping someone might have a simple alternative to the bolt/lock nuts securing the poles on the trailer.  Something maybe a little more convenient?

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Bill_AirJunky

I keep a wrench in the truck.    :whistle:

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Nitrousbird

I suppose you could replacement the nuts with wingnuts, but I'd be concerned with them coming loose.  

You could also drill a bolt with the perfectly positioned hole that a cotter pin would hold in place fairly tightly.  May work depending on how the guide posts secured.

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HPetit

If those are the same on your boat. I would buy a new set for the boat and downgrade the old swim platform ones to the trailer. 

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Koeh0083

same issue, I got 3/8x 3 pins and cotter pins but I feel the design was half a** and requires the post to be bolted tight. The Bolt passes thru the trailer angle and then thru the pipe. I'm going to see if I can get it tight with using washers, but optimistic. If the bolt passed thru trailer, then pipe, and then thru trailer again I think it would work fine.

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Koeh0083

Well I have came up with a solution. I cut the bottom 6" of guide post and sleeved it with a 12" piece of 1 9/16 pipe. Then pinned the top piece with a soon to be 3/8 stainless pin. B72839BC-BE9C-4883-B61C-611045CC76E7_zps

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Koeh0083

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oldjeep

good concept but id have figured out how to pin it using the existing joint.  Those steel inner tubes are going to rust solid pretty quickly since they will get dunked when launching.  Judging by the pads you are a local guy, if you wind up wanting to weld them back together let me know.

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Koeh0083

Stainless with a 3/32 gap. I doubt they will seize together. We do metal fab so welding is not a problem.

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jrvs23

If they are off when stored I doubt it will rust tight.  Could always put a bit of marine grease on the connection. Lube it!

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Falko

I like the solution. Just give it a quick squirt of fluid film occasionally and you probably won't see much rust.

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Lees23
On 4/10/2017 at 7:07 PM, Koeh0083 said:

Well I have came up with a solution. I cut the bottom 6" of guide post and sleeved it with a 12" piece of 1 9/16 pipe. Then pinned the top piece with a soon to be 3/8 stainless pin. B72839BC-BE9C-4883-B61C-611045CC76E7_zps

8E16C535-47C8-451A-A065-BB1BC01D1B29_zps

853C5CB0-8F95-405E-AAF3-944447E75C1C_zps

Perfect.  Already working on doing this myself.  Thanks for sharing. 

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formulaben
On 4/13/2017 at 6:36 AM, Falko said:

I like the solution. Just give it a quick squirt of fluid film occasionally and you probably won't see much rust.

I had to look it up...never heard of it.  http://www.fluid-film.com/

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dalt1
On 4/10/2017 at 7:11 PM, oldjeep said:

good concept but id have figured out how to pin it using the existing joint.  Those steel inner tubes are going to rust solid pretty quickly since they will get dunked when launching.  Judging by the pads you are a local guy, if you wind up wanting to weld them back together let me know.

I did the same on my 06 VLX Boatmate. Used solid bar inside not tube. never rusted solid because I had to remove it every week when putting in garage.

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jeffmx
On 4/10/2017 at 5:09 PM, Koeh0083 said:

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Excellent work!!!!!

 It is such a PITA to unbolt the guide posts each time we go out, or come home... I would have paid more for some type of easily removable option. 

 Thanks

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Koeh0083
1 hour ago, jeffmx said:

Excellent work!!!!!

 It is such a PITA to unbolt the guide posts each time we go out, or come home... I would have paid more for some type of easily removable option. 

 Thanks

It has been working great for me. 

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jeffmx

Finished it up, Thanks again for the engineering. I went 14'' long on the stainless sleeve.

 

On 5/31/2017 at 9:29 PM, Koeh0083 said:

It has been working great for me. 

 

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Koeh0083

Very nice

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Kblagg

Sorry to revive an old thread, but for those of you who have made this "mod" to your guide poles, how has it held up?  Any changes that you would recommend?

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Kblagg
On ‎4‎/‎10‎/‎2017 at 8:07 PM, Koeh0083 said:

Well I have came up with a solution. I cut the bottom 6" of guide post and sleeved it with a 12" piece of 1 9/16 pipe. Then pinned the top piece with a soon to be 3/8 stainless pin. B72839BC-BE9C-4883-B61C-611045CC76E7_zps

8E16C535-47C8-451A-A065-BB1BC01D1B29_zps

853C5CB0-8F95-405E-AAF3-944447E75C1C_zps

@Koeh0083 Where did you find 1 9/16" pipe at?  Any changes that you would make?

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Koeh0083
12 hours ago, Kblagg said:

@Koeh0083 Where did you find 1 9/16" pipe at?  Any changes that you would make?

So I'm trying to find where I got it in stainless. You can get steel in 1 9/16 online from a few places online. The first time I did it was with steel, but we work with stainless all the time and we were scrapping a carwash out and it was on it. The steel held up fine since I remove them 90% of the time for storage and they are never submerged for long periods. As far as doing anything different, I though I was saving time and predrilling the hole that the pin go thru but it was actually easier to do with a second set of hands on being on the trailer already. Otherwise no it has worked great and a lot of others that have seen it in person are doing it to their trailer for even seasonal storage.

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jeffmx

Stainless sleeve...

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jeffmx

You can see the sleeves are even with the trailer wheel well...or if not, (because my picture resizing skills are limited), take my word for it.

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Kblagg

@jeffmx, Is the pipe 1 9/16 or 1 1/2?  The micrometer looks like 1 1/2".

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