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Carbon Fiber Blade Tower - Old School


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So, I am apparently one of the lucky few to still have a carbon fiber Blade Tower on my new-to-me '06 Wakesetter (I didn't know enough about it when I bought it to even question the tower type - #firstboat).  Honestly, I like the look of the tower and it is rock-solid, but there are a few drawbacks that I am discovering.  The primary drawback is finding accessories that will actually work with it.  The main thing I am looking to do is upgrade one of the racks to hold surfboards.  The current racks are the original type that slide onto a mounted diamond-shaped piece of metal and then lock in with a set screw.  I am not a fan of the racks, but cannot find anything that will work with the hole pattern of the current mount and there are no other holes in the tower for mounting stuff.  The racks have no logos or identifying information on them, so I don't even know who made them.  I am also not too keen on trying to drill through the tower to mount something else because I have no idea what is inside it (frame, wiring, etc.) or where it would be strong enough to hold racks.  Does anyone still have one of these towers from '05 or '06 that has had luck with finding accessories or making newer racks work?

As a fallback, I have also been trying to find surf forks to replace the current forks on the existing rack's base plate.  They are rear-mount forks with two mounting holes at 1 inch on center, but I have not been able to find any other racks with this mounting spec.  If you know of something that might work, I would love to hear about it.

Thanks in advance!

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I happen to have the same tower on my 06 vlx.  I definitely like the look of the tower but it has been a real pain to try to find accessories.  If you need a Bimini contact towerbiminis.com, they have the pattern and made a nice one for my boat a couple years ago.  As for board racks the company that made them doesn't seem interested in making any more so you will need to modify the ones you have.  My boat didn't have the racks when I got it which is fine because we mostly wakeskate and can fit them in the back storage.

If you want to take a crack at the original vender they are A&J Machining in Morgan Hill, CA.

Good luck

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Your best option is having a machine shop fab up a couple of adapter plates to mount racks of your choice. You can likely even retrofit some newer swivel racks.

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I also have this tower on our 2006 VLX. I know there is a lot of information out there about how these were a bad tower, but I really like its very unique look. We get a lot of compliments on it because it is so different from everything else out there. Kind of wish lowering it was a little easier though...

In regards to the board racks, I do not know of any aftermarket suppliers of racks that will fit. This is a less than ideal solution, but the rubber lining was coming out of one of the upper board slots and we pulled it the rest of the way out and it holds our current surfboard perfectly. I know most people would want to have the protection in place for their board, but it is working for us right now.

The question I have about this tower, if any one has any experience with this, is how do I remove the bulb of the forward and rear facing halogen lights that hang below the tower? They look to have a fairly standard MR16 bulb inside of them and I would like to upgrade the bulbs to LED, but cannot figure out how to get to the bulb. It seems to make sense that the outside flange would unscrew, but it is a very small ring on the outside and I haven't been able to get it to turn. Anyone have any experience with that?

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Thank you guys for the responses.  Pretty much confirmed what I thought.  Robb, mine does not have any integrated lights, so unfortunately I cannot help you on the lighting question.  Good luck to us all!

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