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G3 Tower Issues


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2012 Malibu VTX with G3 Tower.

We have owned our boat since 2015, and have never had to lower our tower. We noticed the shocks are not working, and it’s a heavy to move up and down. Has anyone else had this issue? 

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Given that the boat is going on 9 years not surprising for the struts/shocks to be bad. My struts on my 2010 lasted maybe 3 years before they became annoyingly dangerous. The pivot bolt is a little surprising, but if it was over torqued at the factory and or saw a lot of load from towing then to be expected I guess. Both are an easy fix, but the struts will be pricey. If you do a little searching on here you should be able to find where to buy the struts other than the dealership and probably a bit cheaper. The pivot bolt should be buyable at any good fastener place I imagine. Good luck

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I have the g3 with 4 wet sound speakers and two pairs of swivel racks so let’s just say it is heavy. I put it up and down by myself with the help from a coat hanger dowel (think 1.5” diameter wooden rod) that I notched and cut to the exact height to support the tower while I remove the two knobs. Then I can let the tower down by it’s own weight. 

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Search on here for Gemini (a company in Canada).  They make replacements for those and they are pretty easy to replace.  I had to replace ours on the G3.2 a few years ago and it only cost about $150 for the shocks and took an hour or so of my time to do it.

Here is the website but do a search as there is good info on how to figure out what you need.  https://www.geminigassprings.com/

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I replaced my factory springs this winter on my 2010 vtx. It has an Ill3 tower with 4 cans, pair of racks and an oversized bimini. Called Gemini in British Columbia, Canada and talked to rep. Great help. We decided on the 250# spring would be best. Got them in 2 weeks. Cost less than 1 from Malibu. Installed them and was perfect choice. Tower operates with a touch and holds any position.

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