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Tower swap questions


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For those that had an older boat with the Illusion tower... If you switched to a G3 or newer, are the bases the same? My dealer thinks that they were and there would not be gel coat/ fiberglass repair required... Also, does the newer tower fold down as low? I currently only have about an inch or 2 clearance on the garage header. I would hate to go through all that would be required only to find out that it would no longer fit in the garage... Also, the newer G5 tower they say folds lower, but my boat is a 2007 VLX and the newer towers appear to mount further towards the rear... 

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I am looking to upgrade to a G3.  I have the illusion x and my dealer stated it is not an exact switch and fit.  It will require a little gel coat work and patching. Does this help?

mac

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6 hours ago, bboozer said:

For those that had an older boat with the Illusion tower... If you switched to a G3 or newer, are the bases the same? My dealer thinks that they were and there would not be gel coat/ fiberglass repair required... Also, does the newer tower fold down as low? I currently only have about an inch or 2 clearance on the garage header. I would hate to go through all that would be required only to find out that it would no longer fit in the garage... Also, the newer G5 tower they say folds lower, but my boat is a 2007 VLX and the newer towers appear to mount further towards the rear... 

Some G3's are the same bolt patterns as XS towers (not sure if the XS and X are the same.)  Some G3's have a different bolt pattern and you need to drill new holes.  I moved from an XS to a G3 and we had to drill new holes... while we were at it we made sure the tower was back enough that it could fold without hitting the windshield or dash. Worked out great.

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I did it on my 07 lsv and didn't do any modifications, all bolt holes lined up.  This was from an X to the original G3.  As far as folding it, I couldn't say since we never folded it.  

 

 

 

 

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That sounds promising, but I think that the G3 is taller and I would/will run into issues with folding it down. I need to be able to get it under a 90" opening to store it. So if I do it I feel certain that I will have to shift it rearward to get it all the way down... 

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