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Camuyano posted 06-19-2004 02:29 PM ET (US)   Profile for Camuyano   Send Email to Camuyano  

When I took delivery of my '04 Montauk with dealer installed Mills top, the cords that tie the top to the center console rail were missing. Recently the dealer sent me the cords and hardware but I didn't realize that I needed to install eyelets on the console rail until I received the stuff.

I'm trying to figure out if I should attempt to do this myself or take it back to the dealer. I'd have to have to drive an hour just for this but I figure that drilling on a round stainless tube with a regular electric drill is no picnic.

Has anybody installed these eyelets? If so, how hard was it to make the hole? Did you use a special bit or drill? Did you caulk the hole? I would also appreciate it if somebody could send me or post pictures of the eyelets so that I can see exactly where they go.


davej14 posted 06-20-2004 09:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
This shouldn't be a problem for you. On my Dauntless 14, there is only one attachment point for both straps. It is located top center of the stainless rail above the windshield. You wouldn't want to mount the straps straight down because the wouldn't stop side to side motion.

Make sure you start by making a small indent with a center punch where you want to drill the hole, otherwise the drill will wander. I would drill a samll hole first like 1/8" and then follow with a drill that is slightly larger than the shank of the attachment screws. Too small and the screws will break when you twist them in. It never hurts to put a little marine silicon on the screw threads.

Maximus posted 06-20-2004 10:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Maximus  Send Email to Maximus     
I think dave said it correctly. I finally got around to installing the center eyelet this spring. I used a punch, small bit, and eventually a larger bit. My top came with stainless steel pop rivents instead of screws. I don't recommend tapping into stainless steel tubing.

Placement is somewhat arbitrary. I installed mine on the vertical section of the grab rail. I have also found the eyelet to be too small for both Mills' hooks. I end up hooking one hook to the eyelet and the other hook to the hooked hook...if that makes sense.

Camuyano posted 06-23-2004 12:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Camuyano  Send Email to Camuyano     

Thanks for the input. I looked up my little blue print that I received from Mills and it said to fasten the eyestrap to the aft side of the console rail with 1/8 inch pop rivets. I drilled the holes as you guys described and attached the eyestrap with rivets and it worked flawlessly.

Now I need to decide whether I'm going to move the track so that the top folds forward. I don't mind leaving it up while folded resting on the support poles; however, it does sway quite a bit. If the support poles were forward like on the factory top, I would be able to leave the ties in and keep it from swaying. Decisions, desicions...


Buckda posted 06-23-2004 12:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
An alternative to drilling these holes in your rails is to purchase a plastic clamp that fits around your rail and tightens with screws. The eyelet can be attached to this plastic clamp and eliminate the difficulty in drilling.

It should cost about 5 bucks to purchase this extra hardware.

I noted this in LHG's 18' Outrage the other day as I have just purchased the Mills system for mine and wanted to take careful notes on how to install.


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