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imracin68j
05-22-2012, 08:22 PM
I thought this was the best looking tower for the money. Cost me roughly 1200 with 2 racks. The speakers cans were 260. I'll throw some photos up.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/MC1-1.jpg

imracin68j
05-22-2012, 08:24 PM
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/MC2-1.jpg

imracin68j
05-22-2012, 08:24 PM
Collapses easy. I'll need to make some kind of mount to hold the tower up as all the weight is laying on the speaker grills when laid down.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/MC3-1.jpg

imracin68j
05-22-2012, 08:25 PM
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/MC7.jpg

imracin68j
05-22-2012, 08:31 PM
I went the local steel supplier and got 2.5x5 aluminum backing plates. I used a press to bend the front backing plates to fit the concave. I used liquid nails on the back of the plates and tightened up. I also rounded the corners to keep it from breaking through something.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/MC5.jpg

imracin68j
05-22-2012, 08:33 PM
You'll have to lop off about 6 inches on each side of the front tubes for narrower boats.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/mc10.jpg

imracin68j
05-22-2012, 08:34 PM
The worst part of this deal might be wiring the speakers. Your best bet is to remove the outter pole and uses a vacume to suck string through. http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/mc9.jpg

imracin68j
05-22-2012, 08:36 PM
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/MC14.jpg

THe pivot mounts are nice. They need to be mounted first before setting the tower.

imracin68j
05-22-2012, 08:40 PM
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/MC8.jpg

Tapered the hole with a stone. I don't know who told them the sizes of the holes but they are way off unless you want everything hogged out large. They called for a 5/8 drill bit. The largest bolt in this deal is more like a 7/16. I would use a 7/16, maybe a 9/16 for the hull and a 7/16 for the top section.

imracin68j
05-22-2012, 08:46 PM
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/MC15.jpg

Measure from the back of the boat for the rear mount. Do not drill anything in the front until you have actually placed the rear into the hull. Then with a marker outline the mount and find the real center.

BrianT
05-22-2012, 10:03 PM
Looks good, and great write up.

coz
05-22-2012, 11:21 PM
Looks great, nice job and pictorial :headbang:

pram
05-22-2012, 11:42 PM
That is a great walk through on the tower, let's a have a full side look at it

Ever thought of taking your photographic skills to swimsuit thread????

imracin68j
05-22-2012, 11:49 PM
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/MC19.jpg

I have some install video that I'll post next week. This tower amost looks taylor made for the Prostar window lines. I was also able to mount it without having to cover up the pin stripe areas which have to be retaped ever few years.

pram
05-22-2012, 11:54 PM
That is the first tower that I have ever seen on a 87-90 Prostar that looks good IMO

Nice pick on the tower

imracin68j
05-22-2012, 11:58 PM
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/MC20-1.jpg

Here you can see the mounting hardware they give you. The backing washer is a little bigger than a 50 cent piece and about the same thickness as 2 stacked washers. I still used them on top of the 1/4 aluminum. With the prostar side constraints it fits nice. You do have to delicately cut the PVC lining on the driver side that houses the cables and wires from the back.

imracin68j
05-23-2012, 12:02 AM
this was almost a critical error. I thought that I could measure from bolt to bolt and simple add the number on to the back and drill. When you actually lay the A pillar up on th ebot the pivot arm moves and here you can see where the original mark was and where the real mount is. If I would have drilled it based on measuring off the boat I would have had an extral hole in the hull. BTW, do not use any kind of marker on your boat. Even dry eraser marker. It will stain. Using tape allows you to mark it and saves things from getting scratched.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/mc21.jpg

imracin68j
05-23-2012, 12:09 AM
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/mc23.jpg

The tower comes wrapped pretty good. I would advise keeping the wrap on during the build if you can. Rings and even your hands can scratch the polished aluminum.

imracin68j
05-23-2012, 12:14 AM
After the A-pillars are mounted you will need to attach all the pivots. Then put together the front section and lay it on. It's important to center the tower correctly before moving forwad. Lining the ski pole up between the two hangouts was fairly easy. I goofed on the rear bar by not paying attention and ended up with two holes drilled on the inner lining. It was almost 100 here and the heat was getting to us. Ony more thing on this tower. YOU MUST CHECK the center section before sliding anything into it. The weld penetrated the tubea little and I slid a tube in. It gualed inside a little and it took me and my wife about an hour getting it out. DO NOT SLIDE ANYTHING IN WITHOUT LOOKING INSIDE.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/mc27.jpg

LYNRDSKYNRD
05-23-2012, 09:56 AM
Wow it looks great! My 87 came with a ND but I like the lines of your tower even better. Also love your interior great colors!

imracin68j
05-23-2012, 11:26 AM
Some interior shots. I also powder coated all the black brackets around the boat after these photos

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/DSC01518.jpg

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/DSC01515.jpg

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/DSC01513.jpg

imracin68j
05-23-2012, 11:28 AM
Thump
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/DSC01517.jpg

ttu
05-23-2012, 11:29 AM
who did your interior? looks great.

imracin68j
05-23-2012, 11:41 AM
I designed it. It's a horror story that I'll unload sometime. TO make it short, some 14 year old hispanic kid came in and finished it up.

LYNRDSKYNRD
05-23-2012, 12:11 PM
LOL about the kid finishing it....regardless it looks great!

Lumbergh
05-23-2012, 02:18 PM
Nice, great pics!

imracin68j
05-23-2012, 04:22 PM
One thing I was bummed about was the face my johnson bimini isn't going to work under this deal. I bought it 8 years ago for about 600. Now the price is around 850. My budget is tight but I found this place in SF that does solid subrella colors for 245. If you wan't polished clamps it's an extra 50 bucks. Free shipping. It does use the straps on the front and back but I can always make my own bars if I wanted for about 150. I'll post up when I get it. Here's the site. The guy seems cool.

http://sf.backpage.com/BoatsForSale/245-wake-tower-bimini-tops/8086362

orbeamlb
05-24-2012, 10:30 PM
Boat looks great. The tower looks like it's meant to be there.

O2BESOHUGE
05-25-2012, 09:12 AM
Looks Great! Thanks For The Write Up! Your Tips Are Going To Help Me Install Mine!

d2jp
05-28-2012, 08:43 AM
There are some things that capture the 'west coast style' in my mind. Your boat has 'that look'. Clean, classic, customized enough to make it different but also functional. I don't usually like towers on a Prostar 190 - but your tower and the rest of the boat just go together really well. Great job.

BrooksfamX2
05-28-2012, 09:19 AM
Nice job......tower looks good......

imracin68j
05-31-2012, 12:00 PM
I'm editor in chief for a magazine called Bakersfield Tuff or B-tuff. I decided to do my build as a feature.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/towertuffw.jpg

thatsmrmastercraft
05-31-2012, 12:28 PM
I'm editor in chief for a magazine called Bakersfield Tuff or B-tuff. I decided to do my build as a feature.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/towertuffw.jpg

Very cool.:cool:

Philscbx
06-03-2012, 11:52 PM
Looks great, nice job and pictorial :headbang:Done with an iPhone even - Incredible.
I really like the windshields lines swept to the rear like that, Very Sharp.
This will definitely be a serious option to build on the recent 04 - 209.
Cheers to the Max.

If mastic wasn't used, perhaps epoxy? When proof everything lines up.

imracin68j
06-18-2012, 01:25 PM
FRONT
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/IMG_0266.jpg

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/IMG_0273.jpg

The tower bimini was only 249 with free shipping! I paid 50 extra for the tower clamps. It's sunbrella and warantee's for 5-10 years? I ended up lowering it later in the day because it didn't cover enough go the dash and the MC dash is black on this year and gets hot. http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/IMG_0280.jpg

Here you can see it's been lowered and tilted a tic, I like the way it looks like that.
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/IMG_0304.jpg

I didn't know if the clamp would look bad on the main bar but it didn't bother me as much as I thought it would
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/IMG_0344.jpg

Side, not bad for a 25 year old boat with 0 payment.
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/IMG_0373.jpg

Back
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/IMG_0374.jpg

Days like this bring me to the conclusion the Russians don't have a clue
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/imracin68j/IMG_0260.jpg

TN Barefooter
02-21-2013, 09:21 AM
That last caption is epic!

Double D
02-21-2013, 09:38 AM
Sweet Tower, Sweet Ride! Sorry I missed it the first time around...

jeff shelton
02-21-2013, 12:20 PM
I think that tower is definately the best looking tower for that style prostar. If I decide to keep my 90 prostar i will be installing this tower on mine sometime in the next yr.

Philscbx
02-22-2013, 03:20 AM
Quite The System,, there are lower profile billet clamp profiles.

I'll gather links I'm sure I have just in case.