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Rich M posted 09-29-2004 06:59 PM ET (US)   Profile for Rich M   Send Email to Rich M  
In anticipation of hauling my 2003 Montauk out for the season, I removed the EZ Loader trailer's bow roller to replace it with a non marking type. To my dismay the existing roller is approximately 3 1/2 inches long while every replacement I've found is either 3 or 4 inches - nothing in between.

I've read in other posts ("170 one year later") that some of you have sucessfully replaced this part. What exactly did you use that fits? Did you also replace the side rollers (on either side of the bow roller)? Sources and / or part numbers would be greatly appreciated.

InHerNet posted 09-29-2004 07:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for InHerNet  Send Email to InHerNet     
I found mine at West Marine. Perfect fit!
LHG posted 09-29-2004 07:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
Buy the Stoltz 3" "vee" style bow roller, and use galv/SS washer shims on both sides. Also install a new SS bolt.
Maximus posted 09-29-2004 07:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Maximus  Send Email to Maximus     
used the 3inch version (~$30) and the original bolt.
Beaner posted 09-29-2004 10:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Beaner  Send Email to Beaner     
I got the Stolz Ultimate Bow Stop for my 2003 EZ Loader. Don't remember if it was 3" or 4" - measure the old one and compare to the one in the store. Whichever size it was, the fit was perfect to the trailer. Been on there for 2 years with no problem - just don't overtighten.
seasicknes posted 09-30-2004 12:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for seasicknes    
Just installed mine this week.
Perfect fit. got mine at west marine.


Rich M posted 10-01-2004 11:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Rich M  Send Email to Rich M     
Stoltz 3 inch it is. And good idea about using washers for shims. Thanks all for the help.
WT posted 10-01-2004 02:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I bought the 4 inch one last night at West Marine.


WT posted 10-01-2004 02:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Sorry, I have the 2004 Karavan trailer.


Rich M posted 10-02-2004 06:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rich M  Send Email to Rich M     
Follow up for my 2003 EZ Loader:

I picked up the 3 inch roller today and while it most closely resembled the stock roller (same shaped bow roller, same sized side rollers) it didn't even come close to fitting. Even with 8 shim washers it was far too small. The supplied bolt wouldn't make the span of the bracket either.

On the other hand the 4 inch fits pretty well. The shape of the new roller is a "V" as opposed to the dumbell shape of the original and the side rollers are roughly twice the size of the originals, but I don't see this as a problem. The new roller is a bit snug in the bracket, but it does turn albeit not as freely as I would like. I also had to use the original lock nut as it is shorter than the one supplied with the new roller, which allows it to completely thread onto the bolt when tightened loosely enough for ample roller movement.

I should add that this refers to the Long Life brand of non marking roller (which is dimensionally identical to the Stoltz at less than half the price) purchased at Boaters World.

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