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Old 03-19-2013, 04:08 PM
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2005 - 2006 Tower Pads - made new ones

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

Seriously, did you? I need a set. (At least for the front legs)
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:10 PM
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Man I hope you made more than one set, you know for other people with '05 X-stars with the tower pads squeezing out!

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.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:16 PM
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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.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:21 PM
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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.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:22 PM
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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.

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Old 03-19-2013, 07:26 PM
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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.

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.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:28 PM
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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!
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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.
Made mine from some shoe sole material purchased from a shoe repair shop. See post #82 from this thread: http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/...ght=Tower+pads
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:34 PM
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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.

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