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    Anyone have a handle on 2007 TT PS strut bolt torque? Turns out mine were loose and water seepage was occurring. Thank goodness for auto bilge.
    tightened down and reduced intake of water but looking for long term solution.

  • #2
    Originally posted by ortnvlla View Post
    .. looking for long term solution.
    Take the bolts out (one at a time), apply sealant in the holes, back in with the bolts. No need to remove the strut unless you are so inclined to do so. That is about as long term as a fellow can get.

    A further option is to seal around the perimeter of the strut (on the outside of the hull) but to me, that is of lesser value. Seal the holes.

    I prefer a nut with flat washer and lock washer in lieu of a Ny-lok nut. I use 100% silicone sealant.

    Good-n-tight.

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    • #3
      Thank you. Any special type of sealant????

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      • #4
        Local box store 100% silicone. GE and DAP are two brand names that come to mind.
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        • #5
          Just to validate. Ours has existing original sealer in the bolt holes as well as the underside of the L bracket. Cannot get a photo because we reinstalled the floor panel and enginecover to skilast night ( PITA to remove, and reinstall); however, knowing the boat is still in use and on a hoist for another month ( southeast Michigan), wondering if the Best process is doing the fix on the trailer end of season?

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          • #6
            The hardware will have a nasty tendency to gall so before loosening I recommend you use a bristle brush like stainless wire and brush the threads clean of any debris or corrosion, then apply some lubricant to the exposed threads loosen up the nuts and tap the bolts down with a rubber mallet. At that point you can squirt silicone in around the hardware and push them up.

            Torque isn't critical just good and tight.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ortnvlla View Post
              Just to validate. Ours has existing original sealer in the bolt holes as well as the underside of the L bracket. Cannot get a photo because we reinstalled the floor panel and enginecover to skilast night ( PITA to remove, and reinstall); however, knowing the boat is still in use and on a hoist for another month ( southeast Michigan), wondering if the Best process is doing the fix on the trailer end of season?
              There are debatable pros and cons about that but all said and done for me, I vote yes. Season is winding down and trailer access is much easier.

              For those kind of tight spots, I have a set of ratchet box-end wrenches. Love them when I need them.

              SAE and Metric (Craftsman series).

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              • #8
                Ratcheted box - end wrenches...hmmm....sounds like a good excuse to purchase new tools! Thanks for the idea.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ortnvlla View Post
                  Ratcheted box - end wrenches...hmmm....sounds like a good excuse to purchase new tools! Thanks for the idea.
                  Another surprisingly handy set are "pass through" socket sets. Pretty much all those wrenches in a single tool as pictured they are the ticket for things like running nuts down threaded rods or long bolts where you'd need a deep well. Mine gets lots of use despite having a set of ratcheting wrenches as well.

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