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Wakesetter67

G3 Tower gas shocks

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Wakesetter67

Hey helping out my Daughters B-friend, He has a 2012 23 LSV and we think his gas shocks are worn out,  He currently has 2 pair of Exile XM9s, A Samson Sky Ski Rack and 2 pair of Baha LED lights, Our question is they make a 250 Lb shock and a 165 Lb Shock We dont want too much so has anyone replaced theirs with this similar weight on the tower? I was thinking a 165 on one side and a 250 on the other..

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I had the OEM struts which were the 215s with the 4 factory Alpha cans and they were lame new and were pretty much useless after 4 years. I updated to a set of Rev 10s and the struts might as well not of been there. I have the 275s now and after I first installed the struts the tower with the Revs would self deploy at about 100’ per second. Crazy fast pop up! After 2 years they have slowed some, but still self deploy. I do have to ratchet strap the tower down into the boat and onto a stand to get it in the garage, but I wouldn’t change this set up and will definately replace them with the 275s when the time comes. My only concern would be a premature failure of the lighter strut, those things weren’t cheap. There may be some others on here who have have replaced the struts with different ratings with success. I would be interested to hear the results and longevity of the struts.

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46 minutes ago, wdr said:

I had the OEM struts which were the 215s with the 4 factory Alpha cans and they were lame new and were pretty much useless after 4 years. I updated to a set of Rev 10s and the struts might as well not of been there. I have the 275s now and after I first installed the struts the tower with the Revs would self deploy at about 100’ per second. Crazy fast pop up! After 2 years they have slowed some, but still self deploy. I do have to ratchet strap the tower down into the boat and onto a stand to get it in the garage, but I wouldn’t change this set up and will definately replace them with the 275s when the time comes. My only concern would be a premature failure of the lighter strut, those things weren’t cheap. There may be some others on here who have have replaced the struts with different ratings with success. I would be interested to hear the results and longevity of the struts.

Thanks, I guess we can always launch watermelons off it..LOL I think thats why we were going with the 165 and the 250 I will ask him if he minds holding it down like what you described. We were trying to find the sweet spot as it would rest on its own once down. 

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There was kind of a sweet spot on the OEM struts. At rest it would stay about waist level, but any bump or drop and the tower would raise or drop accordingly. Definately not something I would trust to keep from crushing the dash pad or keep from springing up into the garage door header.

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