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    Need sorta urgent help...5200 is curing

    So I'm putting a step on my wife's XLT. Drill the holes, glob 5200 all over the screws, then go to install the back plate only to find the big glob of sealant or what ever right where the screws are. Any suggestions??? This install sucks. There's little to no room to get back there.
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    Looks like you're committed at this stage. Use large flat washers in place of a backing plate. As large as possible with a hole diameter as close as possible to the bolt size. If your bolts are stainless, make sure your washers are as well. Unless you're in direct sunlight, you've got a day or two before the 52 cures. Re torque the nuts after a couple of uses. Good luck.

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    Worked great, thanks!

    FYI for anyone else, this install was a royal pain in the arse.

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    Oh I know it is, standing on your head and stretching way back there, cutting fingers (deburr backing plate!!!). It is well worth it when boarding, especially for wives and such. I did find a nice Aqua step for my Dad's VX110 that had the nuts welded to the backing plate, which was a BIG help. If I do another XLT I think I will tack weld the nuts to the plate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LT1GMC View Post
    Oh I know it is, standing on your head and stretching way back there, cutting fingers (deburr backing plate!!!). It is well worth it when boarding, especially for wives and such. I did find a nice Aqua step for my Dad's VX110 that had the nuts welded to the backing plate, which was a BIG help. If I do another XLT I think I will tack weld the nuts to the plate.
    Funy you mention that. My buddy suggested the same thing. It's defintely a two man job. One has to hold he nut on the inside while the other screws in the bolt from the outside. There's just no good way to get back there. I'm not sure why the XLT requires backing plates, when I put one on a SeaDoo GTI it was just three monster screws per side. I'm suprised there's not something like a drywall anchor that would work.

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    Here's my 12 year olds attempt:
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