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mesquitethrasher
05-07-2012, 02:27 PM
Can anyone offer any insight or instructions on how to fold the 07-11 X45 tower? My search did not turn up anything.

haroldbrogers
05-07-2012, 08:35 PM
Take out the front nobs on the back of the tower, under the mastercraft logo, poising the rear nobs on same mount. Then unscrew the nobs on each side of the tubes running from the front of the boat to the rear. You will see the swing out of the grove. Once loose. The tubes pull apart. They will fold down into the bow. Then the back section will fold back to the sun deck. Hope this helps and not to confusing.

mesquitethrasher
05-08-2012, 04:34 PM
Got it done last night. I guess it seemed harder that it really was. Thanks for your help.

rturley
05-12-2012, 01:01 PM
:mad:
Tower knobs on front support tower arms keep falling out. I have had the boat 1 year and have lost 3 knobs. I took it to the dealer and they said there was nothing that could be done just check them often, then got charged $180 for three knobs (I bought a spare). To make matters worse he put in the new knob and I drove home (3 hour drive) and it was gone when I got home. I check them before leaving and they were very tight. Are you telling me that $60 knobs can't stay in place for three hours without checking them?

Thanks for any info,
Robert

MASTIQUE
05-12-2012, 01:06 PM
Put a little dab of lock tite on the threads and it will hold, don't use more than a little dab though.

rturley
05-12-2012, 03:03 PM
I thought about that but I garage my boat at my house and I have to take the tower up and down each time I use the boat. I would think after a few times this approach would cause a mess? Correct?

MASTIQUE
05-12-2012, 03:18 PM
It could if you use every time. It sounds like if you take the tower down over and over your threads in the tower have probably been widened and there is less bite now. I'd try the lock tite and with one use there will be more material to bite into.

rturley
05-12-2012, 04:26 PM
Actually I boat the boat new last year even though it a 2008 model. The boat has been used less than 10 times. So the tower has been up and down less than 20 times. I hope that I would not be thinking about wear on a boat this new.

JohnE
05-12-2012, 07:31 PM
If you are trailering any distance you need to check the knobs every half hour for the first few hours. I lost one on my brand new 09 about 12 hours into the trip home. Midnight and I heard a big "thump". Pulled over. Didn't know what it was until the next day when I noticed the knob gone. If you are losing them regularly I would check the turnbuckle. If it isn't seated properly you will never have the proper torque. Hopefuly i am explaining it right...

rturley
05-13-2012, 01:33 PM
I found it outrageous that a boat as expensive as Mastercraft does not test their product enough to see there is a design problem and then on top of that charge me crazy money for a knob (about $60 per knob). The thought that I am supposed to stop every 30 minutes on a 5 hour trip to check the knobs for tightness is total crap!!!!

travi_21
05-13-2012, 01:47 PM
Can't imagine stopping every 30 minutes to check.

One thing that comes to mind is to add a retention mechanism so that if it does back out, it doesn't get lost. Possibly trying machining a small hole through the knob to add a small loop of lockwire, then fasten a velcro belt to the tower, and add a small string with a hook at the end to hook onto the lockwire.

Obviously it doesn't solve the backing out issue, but it does prevent lost knobs while you work on making them stay tight.


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