Thread: Boarding Step on RXTX
05-28-2008, 08:12 PM #1
Boarding Step on RXTX
For those of you wanting to put a boarding step on your RXTX series skis.I herd this is very simple. I just spoke to VMan and he told me that there are metal plates that are molded into the tramsom . Just drill and tap them and your in. For more info on this. Shibby was there on the install too. He can further comment on this.
05-28-2008, 08:13 PM #2
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Are you practicing "Mad" medicine again?
05-28-2008, 08:34 PM #3
i still think it's a joke they didn't just slap the boarding step on from the get-go like every other 4-tec 3-seater has had since 2002... 13,500 and they wont bolt a step on for you.
nonetheless, i ordered the parts for Vman and he came by my work today and went and took the IC out, all the hoses, OPAS, etc making room to go head first into the hull and pull the nuts on from the inside...
well when Vic was drilling thru the fiberglass and there were metal strands everywhere falling to the floor it was obvious there was a better way to do it...
whoever manufactueres the hulls, well there's a metal plate embedded inbetween the fiberglass layers where the boarding step goes.... drill and tap and send the bolts in... makes for a simple install. no need to put any nuts or anything on from the inside
05-30-2008, 02:09 AM #4
boarding step / cover / gps glove box
I just purchase an 08 RXTX and want to install a boarding step on it. I tried to negotiate it with the ski purchase but my dealer said he got stung dealing a step installation. It took his shop guys 3 hours instead of the 1/2 hour that he expected.
What step do you recommend and where is a good place to buy it?
What is your estimate on the metal plate thickness?
Does the step come with a drawing or template for drill locations?
Also I'm looking for a cover with RXTX but I can't find so I guess I will have to be satisfied with RXT. Some internet sales suggest that 07 and 08 RXTX covers should be the same but some show sku #280000277 and sku #280000278. Do you know the difference? I located sku #280000277 for a good price, $149.00 plus shipping.
Heck might as well ask about the gps / glove box thing too. Do I need a whole new glove box or just the lid?
05-30-2008, 12:47 PM #5
I put an Agua Step on my T-X and works great. Much cheaper then buying one form seedoo.
05-30-2008, 12:56 PM #6
the OEM ladder found on the regular RXTs and such can be had for a little over $200 through seadoo
the boarding steps on the yamahas and seadoos are made by aqua performance... they make different variations of the ladders to exactly fit certain model skis
05-30-2008, 12:58 PM #7
05-30-2008, 09:02 PM #8
Shibby, that is were i got my agua step. Very helpful people. I just got it from then direct as was less hassle then seedoo.
05-31-2008, 02:42 AM #9
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06-10-2008, 03:25 PM #10
rxtx gps and boarding ladder
Thanks to all for the info (collectively good stuff).
GPS style glove box...
It did require a whole new box (box and cover pn 295100283) to get all black to match rxt-x. Very easy to remove / install. 2 clips at rear of box near seat (no tools required). Garmin 76 fits perfectly, just need to learn how to use the darn thing.
Parts received but will not install until this weekend. Several issues already (resolved). When ordering (pn295100307) I was advised to also order (6) socket head cap screws with flat washers. Those cap screws having machine threads, was constant to the GH threads about a metal plate being embedded in the transom. But when I received the parts, there were seadoo instructions that showed, mounting the brackets to the transom, using tapered (wood type screws) drilling smooth bore holes (not tapped). I called, and got, an "updated" version of the instructions (attached) that, in fact, do show (bottom holes step 7 and top holes step 6) the brackets (for rxt-x only) to be mounted using a tapped holes with the (additional) sockethead capscrew. So even though the instructions don't come right out and say it, the prior discussion/s about metal plates embedded (rxt-x) must be correct. With the dimensions given in the instructions, I don't anticipate any more issues. Simply lay it out, drill and tap 6 holes and mount the 2 brackets. Instructions say .5 hours but I guess more like 1 to 1.5 (taking time to tape the surfaces before working it, finding the right drills / taps and sealing / cleaning up). Note, all work is done on the outside of transom (no backing nuts). One more small thing , the instructions say mark with a punch but, on gel, not a good idea (even taped). After layout on tape, I plan use a center drill, to mark hole locations.
295-100-307 ladder (step) x1
250-000-076 socket head capscrew x 6
234-061-600 flat washers x 6
295-100-283 gps clove box (w/lid) x1
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