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compounder posted 01-03-2001 03:48 PM ET (US)   Profile for compounder   Send Email to compounder  
Picked up a tip on OEM type tie-downs from lhg over on the OEM forum back in September and just want to report to the general population on them. They are great! If you are tired of those cheap polypropylene straps that fray and break and those cheap plastic buckles that pull your fingernails off and cause a stream of expletives, these are the straps for you. Seriously, these high quality straps are nice to look at and easy to use. The only downside is cost, but they are unconditionally guaranteed for LIFE, so you should never have to buy another strap. The company is called AGM Container Controls and the product is Kevlok part No. RC6450. You can go to their website at www.agmcontainer.com and order from there. I highly recommend them.
Joe
andygere posted 01-04-2001 01:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
They look like just the thing to go with the teak footman loops I milled for my battery boxes. I got tired of the little plastic ones breaking...
Dick posted 01-04-2001 08:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I my memory hasn't failed me those are the straps that Whaler used back in the good old days. Expensive but worth it.
Dick
dgp posted 01-04-2001 09:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
Whaler factory still uses 'em, came with my 2001 Montauk. Don
compounder posted 01-04-2001 06:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for compounder  Send Email to compounder     
Don, I wondered why I didn't get one on my 1981 Montauk, so I asked a friend who used to work in the parts dept. of the local Whaler dealership. He said this item usually was swapped out for one of the el cheapo versions and the original used by the dealer or other dealership employees. They didn't consider it dishonest because the buyer got a battery box strap, and none of them were apparently knowledgeable enough to know the difference. So I guess it pays to know exactly what original equipment you are supposed to get with a Whaler!
dgp posted 01-04-2001 07:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
compounder,...or deal with an honest dealer!
Don
Dick posted 01-04-2001 09:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I was working at the dealership when I bought my 99 Montauk and rigged it myself. No Kevloc battery hold down! They may have started using them again. Mine came from the factory with the worthless Attwood strap.
Dick
David Reid posted 01-05-2001 01:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Reid  Send Email to David Reid     
That KevLok buckle came on all the classics I've ever seen or owned. The best money can buy and will last at least as long as the hull. By the way, the woven straps on the old BW battery holddowns are extemely tough but can get faded after a few hundred washdowns, especially if exposed to bleach, oxalic acid, etc. Every few years I dunk them in a boiling pot of Ritt brand black fabric dye for about 20 minutes, straps, buckles and all. Makes them look like new. Just a thought.

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