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  • peytonvp
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    I got mine out. I used kroil and kept soaking them and then used a 6 foot pry bar. Brackets are now installed!

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  • peytonvp
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    Originally posted by Juiced190 View Post
    Support brackets installed no issues. I used liquid wrench penetrating spray let set for 24 hours. Click image for larger version

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    How did you get the penetrating oil in there being that gravity is not any help?

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  • Juiced190
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    Support brackets installed no issues. I used liquid wrench penetrating spray let set for 24 hours. Click image for larger version

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  • peytonvp
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    I did not have any luck with mine today. Tried for an hour and could not get them to budge comfortably.

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  • peytonvp
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    Originally posted by Juiced190 View Post

    what boat and what tower are you attempting this on?
    I am putting them on an x14

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  • Juiced190
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    Originally posted by peytonvp View Post
    I think I might be tackling the same project this weekend
    what boat and what tower are you attempting this on?

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  • Juiced190
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    Looks simple, sounds simple, but in my experience nothing is easy and everything takes twice as long and is a lot harder than expected. The last thing I want to do is strip or break a bolt where I can’t even remount the tower.

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  • peytonvp
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    I think I might be tackling the same project this weekend

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  • Wheelin98TJ
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    Originally posted by Juiced190 View Post


    Is there anything I can buy at the parts store that would be really good. I’d like to get this done as soon as possible. Thank you
    Fluid Film is at the parts stores and home improvement stores.

    Kroil I haven't seen in stores.

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  • Juiced190
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    Originally posted by Wheelin98TJ View Post
    Kroil or Fluid Film are the best penetrants I have found. You can buy either on Amazon.

    Is there anything I can buy at the parts store that would be really good. I’d like to get this done as soon as possible. Thank you

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  • Wheelin98TJ
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    Kroil or Fluid Film are the best penetrants I have found. You can buy either on Amazon.

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  • Juiced190
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    You may be right on the bolts they may be stainless I haven’t really looked at them that closely. Can you recommend a good lubricant for a penetrating oil and a good brand of hex key sockets to use?

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  • HurricaneMC
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    Originally posted by Juiced190 View Post
    Does anyone here on TeamTalk have experience adding tower brackets to their tower? Or any experience working with aluminum bolts into aluminum? Should these be heated before removal?
    I wouldn't think the fasteners would be aluminum, more than likely they're stainless steel. I'd still be careful, however, as stainless is still fairly soft and can easily be damaged. I've removed several bolts from my ZFT3 tower and never noticed any evidence of a thread locker being used from the factory, but there was certainly some mild corrosion which sort of had the same effect. I'd just advise you to apply some penetrating oil use good quality hex keys that have no rounded corners at all. Give the oil time to get in there and then go at it carefully but forcefully with the hex wrench. Stay away from impact drivers if possible. I also would not use a torch anywhere unless you run into trouble, as this could cause unwanted stresses in the aluminum parts that cant be easily repaired or replaced. Best of luck!

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  • Juiced190
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    Does anyone here on TeamTalk have experience adding tower brackets to their tower? Or any experience working with aluminum bolts into aluminum? Should these be heated before removal?

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  • Skram
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    I don’t know the answer for certain but I’m guessing it’s just corrosion. I had to remove the board racks off my 2007 tower to install slalom racks and I ended up having to cut the heads off the bolts. I damaged them too much trying to get them off. Lots of penetrating oil and a stud extractor eventually got them out. Hopefully you have better luck.

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