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PostPosted: Aug 30, 2005 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

so you guys put custom bolts on to attach the poles? my jack came with 2 pretty thick bolts, will these work? acej92 thanks for the info, i think ill go with a cable i see what you are saying about the adjusting.
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PostPosted: Aug 30, 2005 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mine didn't come with bolts, but with thick metal pins. the bolts weren't custom, i just picked them up from home depot. the pins would have worked, but i feel more safe with steel bolts with nuts on them than with the pins. i could just be paranoid, but better safe than sorry. oh, another hint while i'm talking about the bolts....don't make the nuts too tight or you will warp the pole. also don't try and cut the cable yourself unless you have the right tools. you'll on fray the cable...we used bolt cutters thinking they would work...wrong. we had to run back to home depot to get the cables cut to the right length. get the pole all set up in your boat as if you were ready to ride. set the cables close to where they will be when you have them attached to the pole and the hook for the eye hole on the bow, mark them, and then bring them someplace to be cut.
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PostPosted: Aug 31, 2005 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

one more question then im off to finish my pylon. are the stock cleats that will support my two rear straps strong enough or will they get ripped out?
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PostPosted: Aug 31, 2005 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

they're more than strong enough to hold up to the tension you could put on them with the straps. they're designed to be able to keep your boat attached to a mooring, so the amount of force you could put on them won't do anything.
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PostPosted: Sep 01, 2005 3:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks guys, i really appreciate all the help and advice, i have finished the pylon other than painting and carpeting the base. i will be taking it for a test this weekend and let you guys know how it went monday.
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PostPosted: Sep 01, 2005 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

no problem. good luck
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PostPosted: Sep 06, 2005 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that carpeting the wood is a bad idea because it will make it rot when it gets wet. What do you guys think? also, anyone come up with a board rack for theirs yet? I was trying to figure something out to hang over the side of the boat so that it would at least get the boards out of my bayliner 175. Anyone do this yet???


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PostPosted: Sep 07, 2005 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jdjgreenhair,
check this site out, it may be a little help.. Good luck!
Joe
http://www.vestilmfg.com/products/mhequip/basement_jacks.htm

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PostPosted: Sep 07, 2005 4:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

im using pressure treated wood so i dont think it will hurt to carpet it but you are right about it holding water in but i think that will only effect non-pressure treated wood, i could be wrong
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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2006 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When you put the pole onto the base and then onto the wood is the wood screwed to the floor of the boat?
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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2006 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope...it's completely removable.
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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2006 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks man...can you use adjustable straps for all of them instead of just thefront one?
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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2006 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could, I just chose to go cable for the front, so I had zero stretch. I had a buddy that ran ratched straps all around and it worked fine.

You'll get the itch to get that pylon out of your boat though for all the room it takes up. I bought a tower after running my pylon about 3 months. Cool
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PostPosted: Jul 14, 2006 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

do you still have the pylon?...cuz id rather not do the work ..lol
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PostPosted: Nov 18, 2008 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

blast from the past thread. Glad I found it though.

I think im going to give this a try! I was looking at a Big Air Pylon http://www.bigairpylons.com/

But im liking this idea much better, I can make my own, and try to make some sort of rack to go with it!

Would pulling tubes lower on the jack(not at the top where wakeboard rope will be attached.) cause any problems anyone can think about?

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PostPosted: Nov 18, 2008 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ya, it could pull the bottom of the pylon out, back. i would only pull tubes from the back of the boat.
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PostPosted: Apr 27, 2013 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I've been looking hard for a jack post and finally found one.

Do you think this will work and be strong enough to use with cables going to the front and the back of my boat?

http://www.homehardware.ca/en/rec/index.htm/Hardware/Lumber-Connectors/Dimensional/Jack-Posts-And-Acc/36-60-Steel-Jack-Post/_/N-2pqfZ67l/Ne-67n/Ntk-All_EN/R-I2610106?Ntt=jack+post

Thanks all!
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PostPosted: Jun 30, 2013 6:32 pm    Post subject: Great setup dirtysparks Reply with quote

I just went and built mine today per your list. I've gotta say the hardest part was shopping for everything. Well done. Works perfectly!

Here's a pic of my pylon.
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