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how do I remove the trunk floor in my '01 sunsetter lxi???


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I can't figure out how to wrestle the trunk floor out of my sunsetter!  I got the vertical panel on the front out, but the floor will not come out no matter how hard I twist, pull, wedge, grunt, or swear at it!

What's the secret?  I'm installing underwater transom lights and need to access between the tank and transom.  

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No real secret, at least not that I have learned in 20 years with my SSlxi, other than some patience and a little muscle. I have only removed mine a couple times, but I think it goes something like this; slide the piece to the starboard side of the boat, lift the forward edge up, and then flex and twist that sucker until you get the port side up over the edge of the opening. You already have the gas lifts out of the way, which is a good start. 

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Thanks John-

I was trying to get it out on the starboard side- I'll try lifting the port side.  I feel like I'm going to break it before it comes out.  They must have installed the trunk floor before the rear seat when building these things!

I'll try again.

 

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You won’t break it. At least I didnt break mine. I never noticed a difference port or starboard. Definitely slide to one side, even let it ride up the gunnel. Then pull on the forward corner on the other side.

it will not be easy.

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2 hours ago, hmh800 said:

I can't figure out how to wrestle the trunk floor out of my sunsetter!  I got the vertical panel on the front out, but the floor will not come out no matter how hard I twist, pull, wedge, grunt, or swear at it!

What's the secret?  I'm installing underwater transom lights and need to access between the tank and transom.  

Thanks!!IMG_1001.thumb.jpg.985e65e289b3af2ea40906051c1b65a5.jpg

Remove the rear seat back, to do that you may need to remove the side panels, then it comes out easily (45 mins labor approved)

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12 hours ago, Bozboat said:

Remove the rear seat back, to do that you may need to remove the side panels, then it comes out easily (45 mins labor approved)

I'm not sure that's a 45 min job.  below are a couple pics from my '00 SSLXi  when I ripped out the interior.  it also confirms that there are alot of wires/hoses that will still be in the way..

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You certainly could be right.  I remember taking it down to nothing in a day and that putting it back together took longer.  But the plastic carpeted panel over the gas tank comes out easily when all the other parts are removed.

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In looking at that rear seat I see some of the fasteners, but I know that there are more that I can't see.  I'm trying not to open a can of worms here.  I'm going to try and wrestle that floor out one more time with some help.  

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I had to bend mine good to get it out. 02 sunsetter. I thought the same thing that I might break it. It wont break. I forced one end against the side of the hull then pushed real hard on it, bending it enough to get an edge just started. If I tried it again, I might use ratchet straps around the entire thing and tighten until it bends enough. Or, two people from the same side forcing to bend it enough should do it. It's not easy, lol.

Steve B.

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Yeah...I have 2001 Sunsetter LXI and I took mine out. Just unscrew the rear panel in the trunk...there are bunches of screws in it along the top and bottom. Pull that panel out. Then wedge the floor to one side and bend it hard...it will come out. The floor panel has a rigid plastic bar along the rear side only. The bar is screwed to the flooring. The bar is broken on one side...I don't remember if on left side or right side, but one side is broken...that allows that side to bend up better.  Use some muscle and get pissed at it...it will come up.

I agree that you should pop off the lift struts to gain room.  Also, if your struts are weak you can buy replacements online...I think I got mine on bates. I replaced the rear trunk struts, glovebox strut, Motorbox struts and hatch strut. That was awesome...dang glovebox and rear trunk wouldn't stay up...so annoying.

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Thanks for all the replies!  I'm gonna give it another shot this weekend with some help.  I'm in the process of ordering some new skins from Gabe for the trunk lid, and back seat bottom.  I'd like to make the back seat into a one-piece deal since the three piece seat bottoms like to fall into the bases when stepped on, and I think it would look cleaner that way.  The more I look at my boat the more I'd like to replace the skin on the rear seat back.  I have a bunch of small dents in the vinyl and a couple of small tears (1/4" long).  I made the mistake of letting a buddy bring his dog on board last summer and I think that's what did it.  GRRRR  So I may end up taking the rear seat back out anyways.   Has anybody had any luck having small tears repaired (welded)?  

 

Sorry for another long-winded post.  You guys are a great source of information- and encouragement!

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IMG_1020.jpg.5969031aae0820a426cd62b87ac6951b.jpgIts hard to see but on the top of the seat back there are a bunch of little dents.  Maybe I can steam them out, but theres also a couple of small tears.

 

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