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    Canadian Beaver Inspector jkindt's Avatar
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    Working on bottom of hull...

    It may have been covered before, but I couldn't find a thread on the topic, so.....

    How do you work on the bottom of your hull? Do you flip the ski upside down? If so, how do you avoid damaging the top side while working on the bottom? Do you remove the engine, oil, and gas tanks? Remove the hood, steering pod, and seat?

    I need to gain access to the bottom of my SL to fix a few gouges and figured I would do it while I have no engine in it. Right now I am almost down to a bare hull inside. I thought about removing the hood, handlebars and pod, and seat, then setting it upside down on a couple heavy duty sawhorses with foam on the top to avoid scratching the topside.


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    She likes the bike. But the ski gets her wet!!!! xlint89's Avatar
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    You have the best plan. Do it that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xlint89 View Post
    You have the best plan. Do it that way.
    Well that's good to hear. I actually had a good idea!
    Anyone know how much a bare hull would weigh? The service manual states the '94 SL is just under 500 lbs. Without a motor, fuel tank, jet pump, electrics, steering pod, hood, seat, and anything else that comes off, how much weight is left?

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    With the MSX gutted,I was able to flip it myself over on the grass,you should have no problem with 2 guys. I'd guess under 200#

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    couldn't you position your saw hourses so that they are running in the footwells ?? no foam needed , and support over at least 3 to 4 feet ?? just thinking ?? might not need to take off hood and steering either .

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossdog67 View Post
    couldn't you position your saw hourses so that they are running in the footwells ??
    I hadn't thought of that....

    I already took off the hood, steering pod, seat, rear handle, and all inside things. It definately is a lot lighter than I had expected. Two of us can flip it pretty easy at this point. I will try the sawhorses in both directions to see what is more stable.

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    There's a video on Youtube were a guy built a rotisserie to flip his ski over so that he could repair the hull

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