DIY: Tower Pad Swap Out
ok, so after seeing a thread about this i decided to do it and take the digital camera with me.
Boat: 2006 Mobius LSV
Bring all these into the boat with you:
Pair of good scissors (mine werent that great)
Philips Screw Driver (dont mine the tape measure i didnt need it)
Fiberglass Cleaner (I like to use Starbrite Super boat spray)
Goto Walmart and goto there Towing section where they sell the hitches etc.
Brand is Reeses and they come in a 2 pack for around $7
they will probably be laying in a box just piled up
Step 2: I did this entirely by myself so i used my back cushion to support some of the tower weight just enough so it wouldnt lay on the part of the tower where the pads are attached
i then for more working room removed the tower arms:
now locate the screws from the tower to the boat:
i guess my camera didnt save my next pic so i'll explain it the best i can
take your wrench and you'll have to hold it like a pencil or chop sticks to wedge it in there, but under the vinyl (above where the speaker is mounted) you'll feel around and feel the locking bolts that are attached to the screws
unscrew all the screws/bolts not hard to loosen them, just a pain because its a tight fit. BE CAREFUL do not lose your locking nut and there should also be a washer that is bent to fit in that space, make sure you loosen until you can do it be hand to have the washer/nut fall into your hand.
then it should basically pop up a bit or off the the side.
remove pad just by picking up the bar a little bit and pulling it right off, make sure you check for pieces still stuck on the bottom.
then take your cleaner and clean the bottom of the tower, and the space that the pad is covering.
Take the old pad and use it as a template to cut your new pad
peel the 3m stuff of the back and using 1 hand lift the arm best you can, use the other to stick the rubber to the tower arm (remember sticky side faces upward to stick to tower NOT boat)
my scissors werent that sharp and i never was a very straight cutter... but at this point you can use your scissors and cut around the metal of the tower to make it an even closer fit which i tried to do.
next grab the tower and pull it tight to the boat, get it where you think it should be, and i took my screwdriver and just popped it right through the hole of the tower to make a hole into the rubber for the screw and went into the boat. i didnt want to use a drill because if i was off i didnt want to start drilling the boat! small pressure on the screwdriver will punch right through if your lined up right.
then using 1 hand to hold the tower close and 1 hand with the screws 1 by 1 pop them into place, dont tighten anything the tower should stay fairly still.
grab your washer and nuts 1 by 1 and tighten just like you loosened.
it will feel like you dont need as many rotations because this rubber is much thicker than the OEM pads, but make sure its nice and tight.
Port side was easier because 1: already did the other side 1st, and 2: on my tower the tower popped up more naturally for more room to put the new pad on and cut to fit
And the Final step to put the tower all back together, when you take the arm off like i did you'll notice 2 plastic washer that come out, and since they both go on each side of the arm you'll think its impossible to get them back in there.
well what i did is i used plain scotch tape and taped them in place, inserted the arm and screwed it back in.