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Old 01-13-2016, 06:46 PM
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Installing Pop Up Cleats

Guys I couldn't find a thread on drilling through the gel and installing some cleats so I'll share what I did and maybe it will help someone else. Most of my research is from the you tubes and talking with guys.

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Old 01-13-2016, 06:50 PM
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First I made sure that the back Side of the spots I wanted to drill could accept the cleats and that nothing was in the way.
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Old 01-13-2016, 06:52 PM
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Here are the cleats. I planned to install them in the same spot that the later model 197s have them. I picked up a set of these for $60 off of ebay
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Old 01-13-2016, 06:56 PM
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I just had mine installed a couple months as I couldn't bring myself to drilling through my own boat.
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Old 01-13-2016, 06:56 PM
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Then I carefully marked it out on blue painters tape
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Guys I couldn't find a thread on drilling through the gel and installing some cleats so I'll share what I did and maybe it will help someone else. Most of my research is from the you tubes and talking with guys.

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Old 01-13-2016, 07:01 PM
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Then I used a punch to set the hole center. You don't need to hit it hard, you just want to mar the gel
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Old 01-13-2016, 07:04 PM
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Then I drill a starter hole. The trick here is to run the bit backward until you get past the gel then drill forward. This keeps you from chipping the gel and causing cracks. I was surprised how well the bit worked in reverse in the gel. It Is a good idea to have a shop vac handy.
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Old 01-13-2016, 07:14 PM
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The cleat holes are 3/4" but I wanted to drill slightly smaller and slowly open the holes with a sanding drum to get a better fit. I couldn't find a 13/16" or 5/8" hole saw so I used a drill bit in the same manner as before. I would of preferred to use a hole saw backward but in my experience with hole saws they always tend to cut a little larger than they say because of the inconsistency.
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Old 01-13-2016, 07:29 PM
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Check the holes to see which way it needs to be corrected/ sanded. In this case I was right on.
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