View Full Version : Need help with the T handle on board rack

07-03-2012, 01:33 PM
This weekend while I was swiveling my board rack around....the T handle just came off in my hand. I dont think it broke...but it won't bite on any threads to screw back on either.
Any help here on how to get that T handle back together would be greatly appreciated.
My board rack is stuck in the half position with the rack facing backwards and I have already bumped my head on it twice while accessing the cooler under the seat....PITA.

Please help fellow TTers!
08 X45

07-03-2012, 01:50 PM
The T hand behind the swivel is just a pin. apply some pressure to the pin by moving the board rack to one side or the other while you have some pressure to the pin try threading the T hand back on, you'll know when its all the way threaded back on

07-03-2012, 02:04 PM
Thanks snork....I will give that a try this evening.

07-03-2012, 02:12 PM
Mine did the same thing a few weeks back, it is broken if the T handle came off and not the rest of the pin. You can un-thread the rest of it and pull the balance of the inner pin out. The rack will still spin 360, just now you don't have the stops at 90. I am waiting for my replacement, but again, at least with the entire threaded assembly out you can still spin your racks.

I think this happens from stress and people putting lateral pressure on the T Handle combined with not unscrewing the top knob all the way out. I am on my second one, dealer broke the last one, of course they replaced that one “No Charge”

07-03-2012, 02:26 PM
never had one break on me just unthread itself

07-04-2012, 12:07 PM
Here is what the T handle looks like...I can see threads up inside on that pin....but it still will not screw on. Is this thing broken?

07-04-2012, 12:46 PM
Hmmm, I'm not exactly sure what to do, looks as though the pull pin came out with your T handle
wheres the spring that keeps the pin in place?

07-04-2012, 12:53 PM
Decided to pull the whole assembly apart....definately looks like the pin broke in the T handle.
There was a piece inside the assembly and I could see where the broke off each other.

I guess I will be ordering a new one from MC tomorrow.
Thanks to all...


07-07-2012, 08:19 AM
Just replaced mine... $56 from MC dealer, ouch:(

Point seven
07-16-2012, 10:13 PM
Neither of my T-handles are working. How do you remove them? It looks like simple construction, however I can not remove the large screw that enters the tower. Am I missing something, a set screw maybe?

07-16-2012, 10:27 PM
The T handle breaks frequently based on the large supply my dealer keeps. Went thru 3 myself. The threaded sleeve containing the handle simply un screws from the collar.

Point seven
07-16-2012, 10:45 PM
So there is no set screw holding in the threaded sleeve? I have applied a lot of pressure with pliers and chewed up the thread trying to unscrew it from the collar, got about 1/2 a turn before it would not turn anymore.

07-17-2012, 08:47 AM
Point, your profile says '06 X45, don't think you have a set screw, for sure '07 does not, but my '09 does, it is very small and just above the T Handle fitting.

Point seven
07-17-2012, 11:45 AM
Matt, there is a very small hole above T-Handle fitting on my 06', wish I had a pic but wont be down until Friday. Is your 09' set screw a hex/allen key? I believe the hole has a small hex screw but it was too small to tell for sure and thought it may have been a rivet or something. I tried 2 small keys. If it is a hex screw I think it was the size in between the two I had on hand. The set screw would explain why the threaded sleeve stopped after 1/2 a turn. I will post a pic of the hole above the T-Handle this weekend.

Thank you vision and MattsCraft for the info!

Point seven
07-21-2012, 11:50 AM
Matt, please see photo. Is this the set screw you mentioned?81817

Point seven
07-21-2012, 11:52 AM
Another photo81818

07-22-2012, 04:21 AM
Yup - Thats it, should be an allen head screw.

Point seven
07-23-2012, 09:10 AM
Great. Thank you!

07-28-2012, 03:41 PM
add me to the list! mine broke off today.

07-31-2012, 03:19 PM

Do you mind telling me what dealership you bought your replacement T-handle at?


08-01-2012, 09:24 AM
Cincinnati Mastercraft

Talk to Bill or Brent

If I brake another one, probably won't replace, if you remove the rest of the assembly, the rack will spin 360, you just loose 90 stops points.

08-17-2014, 09:53 PM
Mine is an '08 and I don't have the set screw and my T handle is completely gone...I have no idea where it went or how we lost it but I do see a spring of sorts down in the hole. Any ideas on parts or how to fix? Thanks!