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Old 09-25-2012, 01:08 PM
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Sounds like the bottom u-bolt is missing and needs to be replaced.
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:59 AM
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I've looked at this again and believe this 1986 model year TriStar did not use a lower U-bolt, just a base that is part of the hull. I've posted pics in my album, got one to show in this thread too. I think the fix will be something to eliminate excess play, a sleeve, etc, ill see if the dealer knows of this as common and has a solution
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:30 AM
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I wonder if they were smart enough to make the cup at the bottom tapered. You may be able to loosen the top u-bolt and just lower the pole until it tightens. Otherwise pack it out with some stainless shims maybe. Have fun.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:06 PM
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Dealer didn't have a service part, they were trying to shim it, which is what I was thinking too.
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Shims didn't last long, need a better solution. I took the pole out and measured it at 45" but noticed the bottom has a large section of the OD turned down about 1/8". Also noticed the floor hole that the base of the pole was sitting in is hollow, there is a piece of fiberglassed plywood that is about 3" off the bottom of the hull. Also the top u-bolt is mounted to a cross member that has a cast sleeve the pole goes through then the u-bolt is below the sleeve.
Anyone know how high off the floor or above the doghouse the ski pole should be when installed?
I'll try to upload pics from my phone tonight.
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:12 AM
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You could try "bedding it" like a rifle action.

Essentially applying some release agent around the pylon (wax) then injecting the area with some form of durable epoxy, then installing and lightly tensioning the pylon, once cured you should be able to tighten everything up, and even remove the pylon with that thin layer of reinforced glass.
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:27 AM
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I thinking about fabricating a custom lower bracket, any idea where I can get a existing 1986 lower bracket? Hope the stringers are the same width and I can just install, otherwise it's just a piece of L steel with the U bolt, and bracketed to stringers.... Any concern with this idea?
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