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242 limited s E tower folding

Discussion in 'Yamaha AR240, SX240, 242 Limited / S / X/ E-Series' started by kinglenario, Oct 8, 2017.

  1. kinglenario

    kinglenario Member

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    Hey Guys, I got a new 2017 and love it. I’m having a couple of small problems. One is folding down the tower so it fits under my dock. The manual simply says “pull the tower all the way down”. But it doesn’t stay down at all because of the gas struts. I’ve had to use two straps to keep it down (one attached under the passenger chair and one to the back handle). Am I missing something? I MUST be missing something.

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  2. jcyamaharider

    jcyamaharider Event Sponsor Event Sponsor

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    I wonder the same thing, and I have done the same thing as you to get mine into my shed. Kind of a PITA.
     
  3. kinglenario

    kinglenario Member

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    Weird. It also seems like in a lot of pictures I look at they do not have the gas struts like mine. The gas struts do not look like they are easy to remove. There needs to be better instructions from Yamaha on this. Saying "push the tower all the way down" doesn't work, it just springs right back up.
     
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  4. Coheeba

    Coheeba Jet Boat Junkie

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    Boat Make:
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    Year:
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    Boat Model:
    242 Limited S E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    The new boats have the gas struts, my 2016 does not. I personally wish I had them. It takes two people to put up and take down mine.
     
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  5. jcyamaharider

    jcyamaharider Event Sponsor Event Sponsor

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    It still takes 2 people, you just don't have the fear of the tower crashing down on top of you.
     
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  6. kinglenario

    kinglenario Member

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    I can actually pretty easily do it by myself. It's just so amazingly stupid that there are gas struts but you still have to strap the top down with your own straps. They could easy have a little bracket with pins to lock it down. My buddy who was here called it Duct tape on a Mercedes. That's pretty much what it's like. For $70k this $hit should be motorized :)
     
  7. swatski

    swatski Jetboaters Fleet Admiral

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    Trust me, you have nothing to complain about!
    Those towers are Lamborghini compared to the demented design they use in AR models. :)

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  8. jcyamaharider

    jcyamaharider Event Sponsor Event Sponsor

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    We could actually motorize these for about $300 ish if we found the right motorized actuator.
     
  9. jcyamaharider

    jcyamaharider Event Sponsor Event Sponsor

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  10. kinglenario

    kinglenario Member

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    That would be cool. The problem is there are two parts that go different ways. And we would need to get an actuator that fits inside the tower where the gas strut is located. I'm sure it's doable but it should be done by Yamaha. Or just mechanically engineer it in a way that makes it easy to fold down and put up so that you don't need 2 people and your own straps attached to chairs and handles.
     
  11. swatski

    swatski Jetboaters Fleet Admiral

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    I would talk to @rocknracing - he knows more about small marine actuators than anyone else here!

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  12. NORCAL-GAS

    NORCAL-GAS Active Member

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    Boat Make:
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    Boat Model:
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    anyone from this thread have pics of the 242x or L tower folded?
     
  13. Rylee44

    Rylee44 Member

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    Boat Model:
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    My 2017 Limited SE is the exact same way. I went back to the dealer and got the shipping braces that bolt in and use those for getting it in storage...
     

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