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Old 11-03-2015, 07:10 PM
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X2 tower question

My wife and I are looking for a good X2 for our family of four. I really like the tower appearance of a 2009 we are looking at, and we are also looking at a 2012 that has an easier folding tower but its not the ZFT4 and I don't know the name. Its the one that's more straight up than the ZFT4 but folds the same. Anyways does anyone have any pictures or could explain to us how the tower on the 2009 would fold up to get into our 8 foot high garage door for the winter? Thanks for your time and would like a lot to see pictures of one folded up.
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Old 11-03-2015, 07:58 PM
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There's several knobs that have to be loosened in order to lower the tower. It's not like the 2012. The 2009 tower breaks into two sections. Part of it folds to the front and part folds to the back.

Are you able to raise the tower once in the garage?

By the way you'll love the X2. The big difference in the 2009 and a 2010 and up is the BIG Screen for the ballast and etc...
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Old 11-03-2015, 10:45 PM
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Tower Folded

Take a look at the following thread, it has some X1 pictures, but its the same tower.

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/...ad.php?t=14918

Also, 8 foot high door is not a problem, but what is your width?
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Old 11-03-2015, 11:20 PM
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Wow you guys are so helpful! I wish we would have asked questions here four months ago! We have both a 16x8 and a 9x8 but would really like to put it in the 9x8 for the winters. We only have 10' 6" ceiling in our garage. Looks like we should look more closely at the 2012 or newer? Any info is much welcome!!
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Old 11-03-2015, 11:23 PM
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2010 x2 folded.. With tower rack fingers removed it fit under the 7' door of our old house. For an 8ft door you don't have to remove the board rack fingers.
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Old 11-04-2015, 04:12 AM
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Wow you guys are so helpful! I wish we would have asked questions here four months ago! We have both a 16x8 and a 9x8 but would really like to put it in the 9x8 for the winters. We only have 10' 6" ceiling in our garage. Looks like we should look more closely at the 2012 or newer? Any info is much welcome!!
At 10'6" you should be able to put the tower back up once you get it in. My X2 wouldn't fit through a 10' door but it was only by 2-3".

This will make it much easier to get in and out of the boat if you do need to get in there. Plus your tower won't be laying on the back sun pad all winter.

I think your set.

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Old 11-04-2015, 07:06 AM
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I have an 07 with the tower that looks like the 10 pictured above. While I like the looks and it functions very well while it's up, folding it and getting it put back together is a PITA. Too many knobs, connectors and parts that have to fit together perfectly to make this anything more than a once or twice a year event for me (and that doesn't even start to address the bimini but that's a separate hot mess to take off and reinstall). If you add a couple pairs of speakers like the Rev 8s and Rev 10 Wet Sounds I have on mine that back bar gets heavy fast and I mean really heavy. Add to this that there was no consideration taken as to where that back bar will rest in the down position and you'll have to either hang the bar from the ceiling or make stands for the bar so that it along with your tower attached devices don't dig into your sun deck while it's stored.

There is no way anyone is going to tell me this tower was made to be taken down more than a couple times a year. After seeing the newer true folding towers at the dealer I know that I would choose the newer tower in a minute if I had the choice between the two if storage with the tower folded played any role in the decision.

As a side note I used a tip that someone posted on TT about using plastic cutting boards as stands to hold the tower for storage. I went that route when I put the boat in heated storage last month and it worked really well. I need to get back over there to make sure it's still sitting upright but at the time it was the stuff. Prior to using this method I was hanging it from a hook in a ceiling joist which really made me nervous as the rope could be used as a guitar sting with the amount of tension on it. I'll probably cut some aluminum plates this winter to replace the plastic cutting boards as I'm a bit concerned the plastic ones will buckle over the winter but I digress.
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Old 11-04-2015, 08:40 AM
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^times 2. Folding the zft3 tower is a pain everytime. We can't wait to take delivery of our '16 with the new zft4 2 point tower and over the tower cover.

I would definitely go with a 2 point tower.
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Old 11-04-2015, 09:23 AM
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Yes, there's no doubt the 2012 tower is much easier to lay down and put back up. I've only lowered mine once. Not a big deal but I wouldn't do it more than twice a year or it would become a pain!

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Old 11-04-2015, 07:23 PM
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Perfect! Thank you everyone for the help, we are going to make a call before spring and now we know what to look for. I think one thing is for sure is that we picked the right brand and look forward to helping other owners out with our experiences and growing through the brand as the kids grow and our needs change. Thanks again everyone you rock!!
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