View Full Version : Ideas for reinforcing engine side panels???

03-20-2012, 12:42 AM
Ive got a 2002 X30 with two new 1100lb sacs for the rear lockers. My problem is the panels that separate the compartment from the engine fold in on the engine with very little pressure. I need to reinforce these or replace them with something stronger to hold the 1100lb bags from rolling into the engine. Has anyone done this or any suggestions?

03-20-2012, 05:02 AM
Use the same aluminum panels the prostar seats are made out of??


03-23-2012, 12:08 AM
Those look expensive.

03-23-2012, 01:35 AM
There was a thread a few years back by P-Hat in Cincy (I think) where he added bags to his rear lockers. I searched for it, but couldn't find it - or it is old and the pictures were no longer in it, so I looked at it, but thought it wasn't it - anyway - I think he did something with vertical pipes (Not sure if it was EMT conduit or black pipe) and they were run into holes drilled into 2x4's or something like that which were secured top and bottom - making jail bars of sorts. I'd send him a PM and ask - he may still have the pictures or the link to the original thread. It was a great DIY thread.

03-23-2012, 08:42 AM
I've read of some reinforcing the panels with aluminum angle.

03-23-2012, 08:51 AM
Those look expensive.

I hear ya, but what about boat ownership isn't?

03-26-2012, 03:46 AM
I used angle iron (L shaped) from your standard hardware store on my 2000 X Star. I just screwed it into floor with stainless screws. While I still have some ward it's not enough to touch the engine. It's held strong for 5 seasons. And I am sure will for at least 5 more.

If you really want to get into it the key would be to add a fill length piece of metal on the top that bots from the rear transom to the rear seat section and mount some bars ti than which are anchored into the floor. Thia is similar to Phat's mod iirc.

03-26-2012, 12:11 PM
Here's the p-hat thread. I followed his instructions and did the same thing to mine over the winter.

03-28-2012, 06:38 PM
I've read of some reinforcing the panels with aluminum angle.

Aluminum angle, channel or tubing. I'd run it horizontally from end to end, just short of the ends, so you can still remove the panel with the pieces attached to it. The starboard should hold right at the ends since there isn't much moment on them at either end.
Put 2-3 pieces across the panel and thru bolt them to the panel.