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    Default Anybody install Pop-up cleats?

    Has anyone installed pop-up cleats? I'm going to tackle this one night this week so I thought I'd see if anyone had any great advice (or even good advice -- I'll even take average advice as long as it's based on experience). Thanks ahead of time. Boat's a 2000 OB LS.
    My Mom said I'm not allowed to get wet!
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    I installed pop-up cleats last year.

    Use tape where you are drilling (blue masking tape works well).
    Run the drill in reverse to keep chipping to a minimum.
    Make sure you've checked top and bottom to make sure you have them where you want them.
    Measure twice.
    Measure twice.
    Did I mention measuring twice?
    Use some Loctite on the threads.

    Good luck.

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    Thanks a bunch. I need to get around to this soon.
    My Mom said I'm not allowed to get wet!
    2008 LSV
    2000 Outback LS (sold)
    Exile Tunes
    PWI
    LLTR!!!!!!!!



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    Wayne hit it pretty much spot on. Check everything repeatedly. Make sure you have enough room to tighten the nuts on the bottom. And make sure you scrape any foam out of the way that may be under the rear ones.

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    Didn't get to it this week-- I'll have 'em in for Tampa though.
    My Mom said I'm not allowed to get wet!
    2008 LSV
    2000 Outback LS (sold)
    Exile Tunes
    PWI
    LLTR!!!!!!!!



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    Default pop up cleats

    I did a full set a month ago here are some hints
    Make a template of the bottom of your cleat out of sheet metal preferably
    Trace this on the masking tape once you measure out location
    Drill 3/8 or 1/4 where bolts go through
    Always pilot drill to avoid chipping
    Then here's the the best tool
    Use a router with a cylinder cutter (full size two handed type)
    cuts fiberglass like butter join the bolt holes following your pattern
    Make sure you leave masking tape on boat for protection
    You can even protect the router base with tape too
    I also made thin rubber pads for the cleats to sit on to avoid spider cracks
    four cleats done in less then a hour once your set up
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    What did you make the pads out of?
    My Mom said I'm not allowed to get wet!
    2008 LSV
    2000 Outback LS (sold)
    Exile Tunes
    PWI
    LLTR!!!!!!!!



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    1/16 black sheet rubber
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    I also did it a couple of years ago on my Outback. I just covered the area with masking tape and marked where I wanted the holed. I drilled a small pilot hole then the size I needed. I don't remember what size it is. I don't understand why everyone says to drill in reverse. You would crap your pants if you had seen all the holes I drilled in my new LSV and I never had a single one chip. Heck, I drilled 6 holes on the outside from thru hull fitting for the ballast system, no chips.

    The only problem I had was tightening the nuts on the cleats. I didn't have a socket that big, only a wrench. There was no room to turn the wrench enough to get them snug on the rear cleats.

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    I have a probably easy question about installing some cleats on the bow. How do you get access underneath to tighten the bolts?

    I have a new to me 06 OBV. I played with it a little today and if I took the front seats off and reached under and up towards the bow, I could touch where the base of the cleats would be but really wasn't sure how I would securely tighten the nuts there. Maybe I could with a ratchet but seemed like it would be a pretty tight squeeze.

    I didn't get a chance to try today but it also looked like I could probably take off the front speakers for slightly better access.

    Is it one of those two methods and just dealing with it? Or am I missing another way to get at that space?

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