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Old     (bond)      Join Date: Nov 2002       07-12-2010, 3:38 PM Reply   
..Anyone else out there have had issues with your tower moven. Malibu said that the bushing might be shot? But I was adivised that they don't make that tower anymore.

Any help would be great - we had a little kid get her hand pinched pretty bad over the weekend.

Old     (jv210)      Join Date: Feb 2006       07-12-2010, 4:39 PM Reply   
Yes they do were out. I just replaced mine. Here is were you can get yours.

I don't know the size off the top of my head, but you want to go to

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Old     (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       07-12-2010, 11:38 PM Reply   
Yea, Metcraft has gone down the tube. Those bushings & pins need to be replace pretty regularly if you use the boat much (like every year or two).
Old     (ryanbush11)      Join Date: May 2003       07-13-2010, 4:52 AM Reply   
how hard of a job is it to replace the bushings?
Old     (bond)      Join Date: Nov 2002       07-13-2010, 8:01 AM Reply   
Is something I can do or does the dealer have to take care of it?
Old     (skyski1)      Join Date: Jan 2008       07-13-2010, 8:06 AM Reply   
That movement in the tower can lead to stress cracks in the gel. I would fix it more sooner than later. Check with your dealer for the bushings. If they don't have them, they may know where to get them.
Old     (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       07-13-2010, 8:42 AM Reply   
The pins are easy. But the bushing need to be pressed out, then back in. It's something you can do, just carefully, like any bushing.
Old     (johnny_jr)      Join Date: Mar 2006       07-13-2010, 9:27 AM Reply   
The Illusion tower is still being cast by XTP for Malibu, you can place an order with the dealer, they will order from Malibu and Malibu will release the casting mold to XTP to produce. I talked to Bu. the dealer and XTP this week for a customer with an 05 that needs to be replaced.

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Old     (bond)      Join Date: Nov 2002       07-13-2010, 3:04 PM Reply   
Tower is still strong just slap's pretty good. Going to drop the tower this weekend to look at bushings
Old     (jv210)      Join Date: Feb 2006       07-13-2010, 4:22 PM Reply   
The bushings are easy to remove. Use a socket a little smaller that the hole and tap them out. 5 min job at the most.
Old     (johnny_jr)      Join Date: Mar 2006       07-14-2010, 8:08 AM Reply   
Make sure to replace both sets of bushings, the pivot point bushings (one closest to bow) are the 2st to go.
Old     (bond)      Join Date: Nov 2002       07-14-2010, 9:45 AM Reply   
Thanks - will post pic's of replacement
Old     (tylers)      Join Date: Apr 2005       07-15-2010, 7:35 PM Reply   
Racer where did you end up getting the bushings?


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