View Full Version : Tower bracket bent? or not?

10-17-2013, 09:43 PM
I have a 2012 197 with a 6ft mini MC tower. When I put the tower back up, the hinge joint doesn't align to allow insertion of the screw. Here is a pic of the hings, notice the bend. Is this normal? I've got one dealer telling me this is the problem and another telling me the make them bent on purpose.
Anyone have any insight on this?

10-17-2013, 11:39 PM
I have seen lots of towers, and some towers with bent flanges and joints similar to that, but NEVER one where they claimed that was "as designed". IMO, you have a bent flange and clevis, but no clue how it might have happened. The rubber grommets on the flange suggest it is supposed to line-up nicely then snug down. If it were me I would take a big crescent wrench and gently bend the pieces back into alignment then make sure the bolts are tightened properly.

10-17-2013, 11:43 PM
It's bent. Not good!

That took allot of force to get it to that point...

You mentioned when you put it back up it was like this so I assume it was correct at some point?