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150 Sport - Light Pole Socket Problem
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posted 07-03-2005 06:27 PM ET (US)
Hi All, Just used the all around white light pole for the first time on my 2004 150 Sport. It was a choppy day on the lake and with-in the first hour the pole suddenly tilted over. Upon inspection, all three screws around the stainless socket had backed out. The holes in the fibreglass were stripped. How do I repair this ? The holes can't really be plugged and reused as the mounting location on the front on the helm is actually hollow below. I could rotate the ring and the wire plug and redrill but won't the same thing happen again? I've considered epoxy or Marine Texing the beneath the entire stainless ring but that seems too permanent and drastic. Opinions ??? Thanks
posted 07-03-2005 09:42 PM ET (US)
How about bolts and nuts? Can you get at the backside?
posted 07-05-2005 04:56 PM ET (US)
I'm not familiar with the 150 light, so these are just general suggestions for any hole repair...
As mentioned above, if you can get to the back of all the holes, then just switch to bolts with locknuts and washers. Use large enough washers to keep the nuts from crushing the fiberglass and don't overtighten. Bolts with locknuts should hold up much better than screws.
An alternative is to put a piece of tape on the back of the hole, fill it with epoxy, and redrill the hole for the screws.
If you can't get to the back side, then take some thickened epoxy and smear it inside the edge of the holes to make the hole smaller again (without getting epoxy on the top of the surface.
If you use either of the epoxy methods at a location where there is foam inside the fiberglass, then you'll want to clear out a small amount of foam from around the hole and fill it with epoxy. This will keep water from penetrating under the fiberglass. To clear out the foam you can put a bent nail or allen wrench in your drill, but for most small holes you can just use a bent nail and scrape out some foam by hand.
posted 07-05-2005 05:48 PM ET (US)
Isn't it covered by warantee?
posted 07-21-2005 04:44 PM ET (US)
Hi, been off line for a few weeks. Thanks for the input. Filling with epoxy and using longer screws seems to be working. Probably was a warranty issue but the dealer is a 100 mile round trip !
posted 07-24-2005 04:56 PM ET (US)
If the epoxy plan doesn't hold up, simply drill out the holes, and mount the base with stainless steel machine screws... you can access the underside of the console easily on a 150...
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