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jboardman
08-05-2012, 12:21 PM
Just spent the past week on vacation at the lake. I'm getting tired of removing the wakeboards every time we tie up with our friends or dock the boat. It's just a matter of time before I forget to remove the boards and tear them up. Has anyone upgraded to rotating racks for the rad-a-cage tower? I have the Z-Cargo Bimini plus tower speakers so I need a rack that will attach a little lower on the tower or rotate up/down as well as inboard/outboard. I don't want to order the racks and find out they won't work well. Anyone with some good suggestions will be much appreciated!

wolfeman131
08-05-2012, 01:28 PM
Moombadaze has the ones from Monster and I think they are fantastic! Solid build, can install anywhere on the tube, fully adjustable and the release is a handle instead of a pin. I hate the pins in mine.

jboardman
08-05-2012, 09:51 PM
It looks like the pivoting racks on Monster only come in a black powder finish. I was wanting an aluminum finished racks. Saw some on Aerial but they're $430 apiece. Pretty pricey! Anyone with any experience with the Aerial racks?

gonracn
08-05-2012, 11:09 PM
I ordered mine from Aerial and they are great. I too have the Z5 Bimini, and I have 2 on each side.

jboardman
08-06-2012, 09:35 AM
gonracn,
You got any pics you could post? Since you live in Wichita, I could even come and look at them if you didn't mind.

Hutch5
08-06-2012, 11:30 AM
I'm also interested in these...I still haven't found a good solution for racks that rotate all the way into the boat....I see Aerial says "nearly 180" degrees....can you help confirm what nearly is? if it's 165 or 170 that might work for me but my main goal is to get the boards all the way into the boat for pulling into the lift...have already messed up several racks pulling in on rough days. See attached pics...I tried a rack from Liquid Audio Sounds here in NC....didn't work for one reason...although they swivel into the boat far enough, they don't work on the rad-a-cage due to the curvature of the tube...in the position shown in these photos there is no issue...but as soon as you move the rack up the tube to get to a position I would want them, the way the hinge is designed it was impacting the tube so that I couldn't get the boards parallel to the water...so had to return these and still in search of a good, reasonably priced solution...1567015671

jboardman
08-06-2012, 01:19 PM
I'd like to get the new racks a little higher up on the tower. Aerial says you can adjust them to horizontal. Not sure how much. I'm worried I'll be smacking the boards into my Z-Cargo bimini also. From the pic, it looks like your bimini is a little higher up than the cargo bimini.

mikemork
08-08-2012, 01:02 PM
Roswell.

They have a swivel system that attaches to the stock Board Racks, which I believe came with yor boat.

Not sure if you can get them in the States or Canada only.

http://roswellwakeair.com/rwa-motion-swivel


2008 LSV
Lumitech SeaBlaze 3
Amphibian Pro A6

mikemork
08-08-2012, 01:06 PM
Here is a picture of them mounted on my boat.

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Best that I've got as I've never really taken pictures of them before.

Hope that helps.


2008 LSV
Lumitech SeaBlaze 3
Amphibian Pro A6

jboardman
08-08-2012, 10:15 PM
The stock racks on my boat are just the tines that are indivually mounted on the cross member of the tower next to the Moomba loga. I'd still have to buy new racks plus the swivel mount. What I see on you boat is exactly what I'm looking for though. That's the location on the tower that I'd like to mount it also. I could put my surf board on the top so when I swing it inside a wakeboard boot wouldn't hit my Z5 bimini. Would probably have to remove a wakeboard if it was on the top but that would still be better that having to take all 4 boards off.

moombadaze
08-08-2012, 10:40 PM
http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/cc351/moombadaze/moomba025.jpg

monster tower racks swung in under the bimini and speakers, you can see the lever that is used to release to rotate on the right rack

http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/cc351/moombadaze/moomba017.jpg

side shot showing the hardware a little, these can be mounted on any part of the down tube-fully adjustabe


hope it helps

jboardman
08-09-2012, 07:40 PM
Looks what I'm looking for but the Monster website only shows them coming in the black powder finish. I was wanting the polished aluminum finish. Maybe if I'm patient, the the aluminum finish ones will show up. The price is definitely right.

moombadaze
08-09-2012, 08:15 PM
Maybe try calling and see if they can skip the painting process or you might be able to sand blast the paint off



i wanted them black to match the speakers and bimini top

i really like how they swivel in completely and are flat, I mounted them as high as possible so they just fit under the bimini, when in the out position they are tilted just like the factory racks

jboardman
08-09-2012, 09:18 PM
Yea yours looks good with the black. My speakers and lights are aluminum finished so it probably wouldn't look so good. I do like how they swivel all the way in. The Aerial's don't swing the full 180. They may be close enough though. Thanks for the pics. Much appreciated.

mikemork
08-10-2012, 12:29 PM
I feel your pain.

If you need me to take more pictures, just let me know.

Hutch5
08-10-2012, 02:20 PM
monster has a blem set on sale right now for $129 on their site...wow...if you say they work well Moombadaze that is very tempting despite that I really want aluminum finish also...sent them an email asking about whether different finish was an option

moombadaze
08-10-2012, 03:21 PM
they do work great, wish I had done them a few years back.

Boonejeepin
11-28-2012, 03:51 PM
Picked up a blem model from Monster Tower for $129. I think it looks just fine and feels beefy. Can't wait to bolt it to the tower. They only have 2.5" mounts but I think a spacer will solve the problem.

The masking tape is holding the tools so I don't loose them between now and install time.

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E4NASH
11-28-2012, 03:54 PM
Wish those came in silver instead of black...


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wolfeman131
11-28-2012, 04:49 PM
Wish those came in silver instead of black...



the black would go well with your boat.

jmvotto
11-28-2012, 05:03 PM
samson has real nice ones that spin 180 check bakes online , they give a moomba discount and they are polished aluminum, but they are like 600 each..:(

E4NASH
11-28-2012, 05:05 PM
the black would go well with your boat.

On a silver tower I think they would look a little out of place...IMHO


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E4NASH
11-28-2012, 05:06 PM
samson has real nice ones that spin 180 check bakes online , they give a moomba discount and they are polished aluminum, but they are like 600 each..:(

YIKES! It's not that crucial...WOW!


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parrothd
11-28-2012, 06:22 PM
Just ordered one of the monster racks for $129 for my boat, I'm more concerned with function than matching colors.. :)

EricU
11-28-2012, 10:33 PM
Picked up a blem model from Monster Tower for $129. I think it looks just fine and feels beefy. Can't wait to bolt it to the tower...

So how bad is the "blem" on the one that you recieved?

$129 sure beats $600!

Eric.

Boonejeepin
11-29-2012, 02:03 AM
So how bad is the "blem" on the one that you recieved?

$129 sure beats $600!

Eric.

I truthfully cannot locate the "blem". I would have no hesitation ordering again.

E4NASH
12-01-2012, 11:55 PM
Just ordered one of the monster racks for $129 for my boat, I'm more concerned with function than matching colors.. :)

I hear ya but I gotta have the function AND the style!


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KG's Supra24
12-02-2012, 12:32 PM
I hear ya but I gotta have the function AND the style!


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Sounds like you gotta pc the tower

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E4NASH
12-02-2012, 02:26 PM
That's an idea...the old boat's tower was powder coated black. That WOULD look good on the new ride...hmmmmm


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Clamcakes
12-04-2012, 01:04 PM
I have a 09 LSV. Anybody know the tower diameter on that year? My boat is currently 30 miles from me in storage.

wolfeman131
12-04-2012, 01:09 PM
believe it's 2 5/8"

somebody else will confirm

Boonejeepin
12-04-2012, 01:33 PM
I think my '10 xlv tower tube is 2 3/8".

The boat is well covered for the winter and I can't get to a tower leg to measured.

kaneboats
12-04-2012, 01:38 PM
2008 LSV had 2 3/8". If you have the aluminum tube style tower it should be the same.

Clamcakes
12-04-2012, 01:44 PM
Thanks for the prompt responses....going to order a couple today. Talked to a rep at Monster tower and he said they were coming out with a new swivel rack in Feb 2013. Said it was going to be sturdier than the model they offer now. He didn't have a msrp. Speaking of sturdy, looking at the Monster pivot rack it doesn't look to 'beefy'. Anybody worried about the arm bending or snapping??

wolfeman131
12-04-2012, 02:30 PM
ah, ha! thanks guys as it appears I had the wrong diameter.

moombadaze
12-04-2012, 06:22 PM
. Speaking of sturdy, looking at the Monster pivot rack it doesn't look to 'beefy'. Anybody worried about the arm bending or snapping??

those pivot racks are solid and heavy, no way for them to bend or snap. speaking about the ones I had anyway.

Boonejeepin
12-04-2012, 10:09 PM
those pivot racks are solid and heavy, no way for them to bend or snap. speaking about the ones I had anyway.

Mine have not been mounted yet and are in the garage. Although, they seem heavily made to me.

EricU
12-07-2012, 01:00 PM
... Talked to a rep at Monster tower and he said they were coming out with a new swivel rack in Feb 2013. Said it was going to be sturdier than the model they offer now...

I really like the idea of a rotating board rack, it is embarassing to fall in the water getting boards down...



Did the Monster rep mention whether or not their new model will be polished or powdercoated?
At $585 - $610 the Samson Typhoon Boardracks are nice but kind of pricey.



Eric.

Clamcakes
12-07-2012, 05:49 PM
Rep didn't say, give them a call.

Got my racks in today and just got done putting them together. Real sturdy and a steal at $129 piece. The ad says 'blemish' sale, but I didn't see any issues with the black powder coat. A big plus, they match my black tower.

Glad I scooped these up. Have had issues with tying up to bigger, taller boats with wind and waves causing my boards to hit their windshields.

Again a steal at $129 a piece, one of my stock racks got busted and the dealer wanted $150 for 1.

jsly04XLV
02-26-2013, 07:18 PM
Just ordered 2 of the monster pivot racks at 129... what a steal. Glad I didn't spend the cash earlier in the winter and came across this thread. They obviously still have a few sets left.

EricU
02-26-2013, 07:29 PM
Just ordered 2 of the monster pivot racks at 129... what a steal. Glad I didn't spend the cash earlier in the winter and came across this thread. They obviously still have a few sets left.

I asked and they didn't have any for my 1 5/8" Rad-A-Cage tower

moombadaze
02-27-2013, 08:28 AM
The girl I talked a couple months back said the blem sale was due to possible fadeing if left in the sun.

Even if they fade, it would be easy to repaint them or plasti dip em

jsly04XLV
02-27-2013, 01:20 PM
Boat sits on a lift under the boat house cover when not in use but I agree that painting or refinishing in some way wouldn't be the end of the world. I just re-finished my tower speaker cans this year. From pitted aluminum to semi gloss black enamel. Can't wait to get everything installed and the season to start.

parrothd
02-27-2013, 04:20 PM
Boat sits on a lift under the boat house cover when not in use but I agree that painting or refinishing in some way wouldn't be the end of the world. I just re-finished my tower speaker cans this year. From pitted aluminum to semi gloss black enamel. Can't wait to get everything installed and the season to start.

I just bought a second one, you can't beat the price. I wonder if you can strip the coating off....

Boonejeepin
04-21-2013, 08:50 PM
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flydoc
04-21-2013, 11:48 PM
Those of you who bought the monster racks, How well do they fit your rad a cage? Did you have to use an insert to get them to hold tight? I'd like chrome but black may be OK on my black and yellow boat.

Boonejeepin
04-22-2013, 01:09 AM
I shimmed the mount with a random piece of rubber.1720217203

motosno963
04-26-2013, 05:21 PM
i just looked on there(monster) site and all they have now is the silver and at 239$( non pivot)..still not bad..i might pick up 2 soon

Boonejeepin
04-26-2013, 06:29 PM
Still there...

http://shop.monstertower.com/p-141-pivoting-wakeboardsurfboard-rack-blackbrhurry-low-inventory.aspx

parrothd
05-05-2013, 07:12 PM
Finally got my racks installed.. These are really nice..:D

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Clamcakes
05-06-2013, 11:38 AM
What were you guys using to shim the mount to the tower? I bolted mine on and when I put my boards on, had issues with the mount swiveling around.

tgoody14
05-06-2013, 11:56 AM
What were you guys using to shim the mount to the tower? I bolted mine on and when I put my boards on, had issues with the mount swiveling around.

Any little piece of rubber, cut in small strips, lay it inside the bracket, then crank down on it till she's good and tight!
http://www.homedepot.com/p/DBHL-1-1-2-in-x-3-4-in-Flexible-Rubber-Coupling-HD7983C/100345440#.UYfEnMpu7nc
not this particular one, but just so you get an idea... any rubber coupling will do then you cut it what ever size you need

parrothd
05-06-2013, 12:25 PM
I cut this down and wrapped it around...

http://www.menards.com/main/mobile/flooring/wall-base/tarkett-vinyl-covebase-4-x-48-x-080/p-1394585-c-6613.htm

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Clamcakes
05-06-2013, 12:38 PM
thanks...going to make a run to home depot today. Parrot I like what you did with the AC tubing for the surfboard rack. Noticed when I put a wakeboard in there, issues with it sliding around and slapping on the bottom board.

parrothd
05-06-2013, 03:25 PM
Wolfman or someone in this thread mentioned it, pool noodles...

Not sure what type of wake boards or surf boards monster design engineers use but the wake board rack is too small and the surf rack is too big.

For $125? I can deal with it... :)

Clamcakes
05-06-2013, 03:44 PM
where the heck did you find a black or gray pool noodle!?? Only pool noodles I see are neon colors, blue, green, pink etc. I'm thinking some AC insulation like this would work on those forks.
http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/300/44/4401ec39-4597-484a-93ae-a970d017a041_300.jpg

And yeah at $125 a pop I can deal with it too. I wish I could mount the racks higher like moombadaze, but the combination of my Z5 rack and Rev 10s wont allow it.

bergermaister
05-06-2013, 03:57 PM
Yep - that would work too. Look for the pipe insulation in about a 1/2" or so. I'd look for the uncut or unspliced so it will just slip over and you won't have to deal with any sticky mating edges.

I found different thicknesses of pool noodles too. Wally World, Target, etc. Mine HAD to be yellow though :cool:

parrothd
05-06-2013, 06:21 PM
Pipe insulation at Menard's.. :)

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squeeg333
05-06-2013, 06:48 PM
Are the stock forks a Monster product, or did those come from another company? The forks on these Monster racks look very similar, not to mention they are sized for the elongated oval bar that are on the stock towers (the somewhat newer stock towers that is).

parrothd
07-15-2013, 12:00 PM
I noticed today the color is starting to fade on my racks... They still work great and still a great deal for the $$$...

Boonejeepin
07-17-2013, 10:29 PM
I noticed today the color is starting to fade on my racks... They still work great and still a great deal for the $$$...

Same thing here.

I will probably refinish the racks this winter.

parrothd
07-17-2013, 10:31 PM
Just noticed one of the pins for the lever started to come out. Still a great deal..

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Clamcakes
07-22-2013, 06:28 PM
Some of the allen screws on the racks started working loose. Loosened all the screws and squirted in some Loctite. Anybody else having issues with some of the screws loosening up?

tgoody14
07-23-2013, 11:45 AM
Some of the allen screws on the racks started working loose. Loosened all the screws and squirted in some Loctite. Anybody else having issues with some of the screws loosening up?

Yea I have the cheap "blem" Monster Tower racks and I did the same thing, problem solved