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    ride plate inserts gone bad

    guys was putting some more angle on ff plate,removed the four bolts too add more s/s washers and found part of the inserts have broke off..
    after the panic i realised that there was still more than enough thread in the inserts and the had not pulled through all the way but what seems like a small amount from the bottom of the insert has come free on all four with the exact ammount on each which is 2.5 turns,
    has anyone had this and any ideas on the cause and if there ok to leave this way or put on winter list..

    added photo of plate bolt to give you an idea of how small a piece i am talking about
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    Paul, If you feel good about how many threads are still left I would just leave them, but be VERY careful when putting the plate back on. The less threads there are the better chance of messing up what is left.

    Put them on your winter "to do" list.

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    thanks jeff, just looked up the inserts on fich and its the locators that go in hull and yes threaded
    cant understand whats broke all four in the same place and perfect clean across breaks

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    I'd fix the problem if it were me. Probably not a good feeling to have your plate rip of at 70+.

    I used two pieces of 1/2" aluminum bar stock, drilled and tapped them, and glued them to the inner hull. Talk about tons of thread engagement!

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    Quote Originally Posted by saltygpr13 View Post
    thanks jeff, just looked up the inserts on fich and its the locators that go in hull and yes threaded
    cant understand whats broke all four in the same place and perfect clean across breaks
    Paul, its really a pretty bad design. If you look at a new one when you get it, the pieces that broke off of yours just hang there with no support what so ever. The threads go pretty deep, so you might choose to get some longer bolts, just use your best judgement.

    I agree with boogie, it would not be fun having a plate come off at 70+, but if you are comfortable with it, run it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fullboogie View Post
    I'd fix the problem if it were me. Probably not a good feeling to have your plate rip of at 70+.

    I used two pieces of 1/2" aluminum bar stock, drilled and tapped them, and glued them to the inner hull. Talk about tons of thread engagement!
    will go on to do list and get on order in morning..i like your idea with alu bar,
    who makes best inserts stock/R&D/?

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    Quote Originally Posted by saltygpr13 View Post
    who makes best inserts stock/R&D/?

    The 05 and up are the best I have seen.

    However, I do like the idea that Dave used.I just installed a tunnel reinf. kit from island and the brackets he sends with the kit work AWESOME, and are exactly what Dave is talking about.

    The R&D brackets wont distribute the load as well as the 05 and up stock brkts. They basicly put all of the force at the bolt holes, just like the old style inserts.

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    jeff mine is a 05 ..

    can you get the green glue yam uses or will 5200 do the job to hold them in place

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    Use 5200.

    I knew yours was a 05, but I wanted to be clear about it for anyone that was reading that didnt know there was a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffsntx View Post
    Use 5200.

    I knew yours was a 05, but I wanted to be clear about it for anyone that was reading that didnt know there was a difference.
    got you , thought the 05 inserts we bullet proof,guess not salty proof

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