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Old     (frosty2469)      Join Date: Apr 2010       09-15-2010, 6:27 AM Reply   
Has anyone installed a pop-up ski pylon on a v-drive boat?
I have been looking, and have not found one available.
One that is removable would be ok, also.

My pylon, when not in use, can really be a ball-buster, if you know what I mean.

I am not really interested in a pylon that has to have straps, etc. just one that I can push down flush when not in use.

Thanks all.
Old    Brit Rider (brit_rider)      Join Date: May 2004       09-15-2010, 6:44 AM Reply   
With a trip to the local engineers you could likely make it a removeable one so that it unscrews. I've seen a few of those around.

Can then just be chucked in a locker or you could make a bracket for it. ..
Old    Razzman (razzman)      Join Date: Dec 2006       09-15-2010, 6:49 AM Reply   
I'm not aware of an aftermarket unit but a few on here have done their own DIY setup over the years. Do a search of the forum and you should find them.
Old    Bill K (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       09-15-2010, 8:39 AM Reply   
Malibu v-drives have a popup pylon. Maybe you could retrofit one into your own boat?
Old    Brian Bedell (brian_b)      Join Date: Dec 2009       09-15-2010, 9:38 AM Reply   
Mine just has a u-bolt around it and can be removed in about 90 seconds. i take it out and replace with my stripper pole all the time.

Additionally, I about never use the pylon for riding, just take it out if that is the case with you.
Old    Duffy Mahoney (duffymahoney)      Join Date: Sep 2008       09-15-2010, 12:09 PM Reply   
What boat do you have? Centurion has one.
Old     (frosty2469)      Join Date: Apr 2010       09-16-2010, 12:11 PM Reply   
It looks like Malibu, Cobalt, and Four Winns have pop-up or removable pylons, so maybe I can order one if it's a similar size.

Brian, I think mine is attached the same way, I have seen the U-bolt, I guess I need to look at it closer. Is there a cross-bolt that goes thru the pylon, or just the U-bolt?
Do you have to completely remove the U-bolt, or just loosen it?
What did you use for a stripper pole?
pics?
Old    Brian Bedell (brian_b)      Join Date: Dec 2009       09-16-2010, 1:23 PM Reply   
Yea, why don't you take some effort to look at YOURS closer before you go asking people random questions about what to do and/or their pylons?

I don't know if YOURS has a cross bolt, or if you need to loosen it or remove it.

I used a pole for the stipper pole, simply inserted in the same hole and tightened the U-bolt. Sure, I have pics. Lots! But I don't post pics of my girls on the internet.
Old     (frosty2469)      Join Date: Apr 2010       09-16-2010, 11:44 PM Reply   
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Originally Posted by brian_b View Post
Yea, why don't you take some effort to look at YOURS closer before you go asking people random questions about what to do and/or their pylons?

I don't know if YOURS has a cross bolt, or if you need to loosen it or remove it.

I used a pole for the stipper pole, simply inserted in the same hole and tightened the U-bolt. Sure, I have pics. Lots! But I don't post pics of my girls on the internet.

Wow, that was not really warranted, was it?
If you don't have anything helpful to say, how about hitting the 'back' button?

I was under the impression that we were all here to share information with each other.

Now, to answer your questions:

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Originally Posted by brian_b View Post
Yea, why don't you take some effort to look at YOURS closer before you go asking people random questions about what to do and/or their pylons?
A: Not that it's really any of your business, but since you asked: I don't have the relative luxury of having my boat in my garage, or yard...
My boat is presently about 968 miles away, a 4 state, 17 hour drive from where I live.
I'm just guessing here, but it might take me a bit more EFFORT to check MY boat, then YOU to clarify a few statements that YOU made.
Now, if you were going to be helpful, why don't YOU buy me a plane ticket so I can go check MY boat?
I am also wondering which "random questions" YOU are referring to?
It seems to me that the discussion was about ski pylons, I don't recall asking anything related to another subject.


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I don't know if YOURS has a cross bolt, or if you need to loosen it or remove it.
I thought since YOU brought it up, and YOU said that it only took "about 90 seconds" to remove it, that you might recall if YOUR boat had a cross-bolt.
I also asked if, on YOUR boat, you had to completely remove the U-bolt, or just loosened it.
It seems to me that these would be a brief yes/no questions, which YOU still did not answer.

Thanks for taking the high road there, buddy.

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I used a pole for the stipper pole, simply inserted in the same hole and tightened the U-bolt.
Gosh, thanks for that insight!
I wasn't sure that you could actually use a pole for a 'stipper' pole, I was thinking maybe some spaghetti noodles?
Who cares about such information like type, source, length, cost, diameter, etc.
And I wasn't really sure where you need to stick that thing, thanks for clarifying that!

I asked YOU specifically, Brian, because YOU appeared willing to answer some questions, appeared to have some experience in the matter, and appeared to have a similar boat.
I though your smaller Mastercraft could be possibly have the same pylon attachment as mine.

This thread has had more than 300 views, so maybe someone other than you is interested in the subject, and may have something to contribute, so buddy, why don't you just hit the 'back' button?
Old    Brian Bedell (brian_b)      Join Date: Dec 2009       09-17-2010, 7:10 AM Reply   
You're not gonna start crying are you?

Dude, you didn't even advise us what type of boat you have, so why would someone tell you all about their boat, when it's irrelevant to your boat?

"I guess I need to look at it closer. Is there a cross-bolt that goes thru the pylon, or just the U-bolt?
Do you have to completely remove the U-bolt, or just loosen it?"


In response to these questions, how could my answer be relevant to you if we have different boats, and we don't know what boat you have? Hence, without you advising even what type of boat you have, my answering those questions is a waste of my time, and most probably yours. Much like this post...
Old     (frosty2469)      Join Date: Apr 2010       09-18-2010, 3:28 PM Reply   
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Originally Posted by brian_b View Post
You're not gonna start crying are you?
I might.
Old    Brian Bedell (brian_b)      Join Date: Dec 2009       09-19-2010, 9:49 AM Reply   
lol
Old    TRDon (trdon)      Join Date: Sep 2007       09-19-2010, 1:08 PM Reply   
If you two dont stop, I am going to turn off the internet.
Old    Tom N (SangerTom)      Join Date: Aug 2010       09-19-2010, 7:20 PM Reply   
I'd actually like to know what you come up with. Have a Sanger and if I hit my foot on the pylon one more time .....
Old     (frosty2469)      Join Date: Apr 2010       09-20-2010, 8:26 AM Reply   
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If you two dont stop, I am going to turn off the internet.
Don't!
Think of what will happen to the porn if you do!
Old    Cory McLean (kikitlo)      Join Date: Jul 2005       09-20-2010, 10:26 AM Reply   
Here is one my buddy and I did on his Mastercraft. If you have access to a machine shop then it can be done relatively easy. Without one you'll have to pay someone a good chunk of change I'm sure.

http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/m...tml?1205271731
Old     (frosty2469)      Join Date: Apr 2010       09-20-2010, 4:06 PM Reply   
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Originally Posted by kikitlo View Post
Here is one my buddy and I did on his Mastercraft. If you have access to a machine shop then it can be done relatively easy. Without one you'll have to pay someone a good chunk of change I'm sure.

http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/m...tml?1205271731
Cory, very nice! This is exactly what I am looking for! Nicely done!

Now that he has had this done for a few years, are you guys noticing any scraping along the side of the pylon?
It looks like the Malibu in the pics has a plastic ring around the base to prevent scratches.

Is there anything else you would do differently?

Do you remember the source / diameter of the aluminum pipe you used?

I have the aforementioned U-bolt around my pylon, so I would probably have to weld a cross brace instead of the U-bolt, because I think the U-bolt would compress the tube and/or interfere with the sliding bolt.

Thanks for the link, I had thought I searched the forums pretty well, I didn't run across yours.

Last edited by frosty2469; 09-20-2010 at 4:08 PM.
Old    Cory McLean (kikitlo)      Join Date: Jul 2005       09-21-2010, 6:10 PM Reply   
I'll ask Noel if he remembers what size pipe he used. I know he still had to turn the inside diameter of the pipe for it to clear. As far as the scraping there has been none that I can see. A good start would be to machine the tube to say .010" over the diameter of the pylon.
Old     (frosty2469)      Join Date: Apr 2010       09-22-2010, 3:19 PM Reply   
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I'll ask Noel if he remembers what size pipe he used. I know he still had to turn the inside diameter of the pipe for it to clear. As far as the scraping there has been none that I can see. A good start would be to machine the tube to say .010" over the diameter of the pylon.
That would be great!
Sounds like will need to find a machine shop, I didn't realize you guys had to bore out the pipe.

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