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  • Pop Up Pylon Modification


    jfthunder
    • Year: 2003 Brand: Malibu Model / Trim: VLX Cost: (unspecified) DIY or Professional Install: I installed it

    For those that have older boats, you may have battled the eye sore called the stationary pylon. I looked into aftermarket options and didn't see anything that would quite do the job. I also read posts where some had done some extensive modifications to create their own with success but I approached it a bit differently.

    Instead of modifying the area that holds the pylon by extending it and adding a groove for a bolt to ride in, I had a groove put in the pylon to allow it to ride on a pin. Basically I reversed what is done from the factory.

    The machinist took off about .030 to allow the unit to move in and out . There is a slight taper that helps lock the pylon in place so this had to be removed. All I need to do (in theory) is drill and tap the mounting bracket and add a pin to sit in the groove. The bracket will hold the same load as before and considering the pylon is a ridiculously overbuilt chunk of billet, it should not have any problems pulling anything. I will post more once I get it installed and tested.

    To finish this I drilled and tapped a 3/8" stainless bolt directly into the frame that originally held the pylon.

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    Great reverse engineer!  Do you have any concern about the bolt threads wearing against the Aluminum pylon?

     

    Rod

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    I didn't know I wanted this until I saw it, pretty cool. I use ours to hold life jackets that are not in use. We usually have at least 2 to 3 slung around it but this is so cool. 

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    On 9/10/2017 at 8:30 PM, henrik said:

    I like that. Seems simple enough! Does it sit flush when retracted? 

    Yes, it sits just about flush. Maybe 1/4" below the top of the pad.

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    On 9/10/2017 at 10:04 PM, rhino89523 said:

    I didn't know I wanted this until I saw it, pretty cool. I use ours to hold life jackets that are not in use. We usually have at least 2 to 3 slung around it but this is so cool. 

    I do the same thing. That pylon is great for that until someone keesters it! 

    Im gonna have to see if this is possible on my boat. I’d like to get one of those vest hanger racks for the tower. Probably end up making one. 

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