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prostar205
03-19-2013, 04:08 PM
Next new project - making replacement 2005 to 2006 Tower Pads. Since the factory no longer makes these parts I was forced to make my own. I started with a custom cast sheet of black polyuretane, 70 durometer, 3/16" thick. Next, I traced the outline of each tower foot and had my machinist mill them to the requirement dimensions using a bandsaw and belt sander. Finally, the mounting hardware holes were added and finished. Now to reinstall the tower this weekend.

Cost: $35 for the polyurethane sheet
Machine Work: 6 pack of beer
Tower Installation help: One trip to Starbucks for a Grande Vanilla Bean Frap, No Whip and a Cake Pop for my 10 year daughter.

Satisfaction that I'll never have to replace these in my lifetime - PRICELESS

Pictures are forthcoming this weekend.

Jerseydave
03-19-2013, 07:06 PM
Man I hope you made more than one set, you know for other people with '05 X-stars with the tower pads squeezing out! :D

Seriously, did you? I need a set. (At least for the front legs)

prostar205
03-19-2013, 07:10 PM
Man I hope you made more than one set, you know for other people with '05 X-stars with the tower pads squeezing out! :D

Seriously, did you? I need a set. (At least for the front legs)

Nope, I only made one set just like when I did the throttle level pad grommets. I guess I'm not into production mode yet. Also, your front and rear tower feet are completely different than mine.

Sorry buddy but they are really easy to make.

Jerseydave
03-19-2013, 07:16 PM
True, I was just being lazy. I need to make a set, do you know where I can get the material?
I was going to use truck flap material, thick rubber. Not sure how it would hold up.

And yes, after I posted my comment I remembered you have an X-30 not an X-star. :D

prostar205
03-19-2013, 07:21 PM
Dave -

I got the sheet molded by:

Universal Urethane Products, Inc.
Jeff Conrad
410 First St
Toledo, OH 43605
United States

Phone: 419-693-7400
Fax: 419-693-2363
jeffconrad@universalurethane.com
www.universalurethane.com


The sheet measured 3/16" x 14 1/2" x 24" - 70/75 durometer black. Cost was $37.50 shipped to Seattle, WA.

He had is done in a week.

Sodar
03-19-2013, 07:22 PM
Lets see some pics, Tom!

Dave,

About a year ago, someone on ebay was making pads for the X-star.

My new tower pads were one of the best mods I have done. mfunf did a superb job on them.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-jTmJBqIcAg4/S-ApV2vS8NI/AAAAAAAAD6g/PSTZSYdWmvk/s800/Tower%2520Pads.jpg

prostar205
03-19-2013, 07:26 PM
Lets see some pics, Tom!

Dave,

About a year ago, someone on ebay was making pads for the X-star.

My new tower pads were one of the best mods I have done. mfunf did a superb job on them.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-jTmJBqIcAg4/S-ApV2vS8NI/AAAAAAAAD6g/PSTZSYdWmvk/s800/Tower%2520Pads.jpg

Those are molded and very beautiful. I didn't want to push my luck with my machinist to make 2 molds (1 front, 1 back) for me. He would do it but this was the next best (and quicker) option. I was going to design 3 dimensional pads using ProE and then have them made by our new 3-D printer but our material wasn't a high enough durometer.

Again, I would loved to have a set like your's Sodar.

Sodar
03-19-2013, 07:28 PM
I was on the path to do the same thing you did. 3D printer, huh? Have you seen the YouTube video of the crescent wrench being made with one? Pretty sweet!

I was fortunate to ask the question on here and mfunf said "Ship the tower legs to me". It was just happenstance and perfect timing!

russlars
03-19-2013, 10:18 PM
True, I was just being lazy. I need to make a set, do you know where I can get the material?
I was going to use truck flap material, thick rubber. Not sure how it would hold up.

And yes, after I posted my comment I remembered you have an X-30 not an X-star. :D

Made mine from some shoe sole material purchased from a shoe repair shop. See post #82 from this thread: http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=36124&page=9&highlight=Tower+pads

prostar205
03-24-2013, 01:34 PM
Pictures of the new tower pads. Hopefully I will never have to do this again. Unfortunately, when re-installing the tower, the section that folds backwards caught on the rear bench seat and put a little tear in the upholstery. Next project - new interior with 2013 material.

Pictures:

nickespi
03-24-2013, 04:09 PM
Those look great. Really clean install. I had Jim make me some new ones while the boat was at Viper. They're very similar to the ones mfunf had fabricated. Should outlast the boat.

46Chief
03-24-2013, 09:13 PM
Can I get two sets of those? 2002 prostar 209 with factory ND zeroflex tower

Sodar
03-25-2013, 02:03 PM
Nice job! Those look much better. I was amazed ate what MC had put on my boat. Looked like it was cut by a 4 year old with child proof scissors.

GoinBoatin
12-05-2013, 09:03 PM
Mine have smashed out on my back legs of an 05 tower. Do you by chance have access to more of these? If so how much would you want?

prostar205
12-06-2013, 12:48 AM
GoinBoatin - if you are talking about the pads I made unfortunately I can't make any more.

maryyy
03-08-2014, 03:03 AM
Next, I traced the outline of each tower foot and had my machinist mill them to the requirement dimensions using a bandsaw and belt sander. Finally, the mounting hardware holes were added and finished. Now to reinstall the tower this weekend.
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