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Looking for a yamaha 242 tower to buy

Discussion in 'Yamaha AR240, SX240, 242 Limited / S / X/ E-Series' started by riverwake, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. riverwake

    riverwake New Member

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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2010
    Boat Model:
    Limited S
    Boat Length:
    24
    Hello, New guy here with a 2010 yamaha 242 limited s. Trying to see if anybody has a 242 tower that they are selling. I believe that the tower is the same from 2010 to 2014 but not exactly sure. Dealer wants $4k for a new tower so trying to see if i can find something for less. I bought a aftermarket tower and installed it on the boat but does not look anywhere as nice as a OEM tower and it flexes the fiberglass when we try wakeboarding.
     

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  2. Troch1

    Troch1 New Member

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    Location:
    Chesapeake Bay
    Ratings:
    +14 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2018
    Boat Model:
    242X E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    What kind of backing did you use for the attachment points? I think the tower looks good. Don't know why it couldn't be made functional with the right install.
     
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  3. riverwake

    riverwake New Member

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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2010
    Boat Model:
    Limited S
    Boat Length:
    24

    The tower came with backing plates so i just used those. The mounts are just too close to each other and the leverage when pulling someone up while wakeboarding makes that fiberglass flex a little bit. On the oem tower the mounts are alot more heavy duty and the fibergrass is thicker where they bolt onto the boat. I’m just too nerves about it cracking so i would rather get the correct tower and be stressfree. :D
     
  4. Troch1

    Troch1 New Member

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    Location:
    Chesapeake Bay
    Ratings:
    +14 / 0
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2018
    Boat Model:
    242X E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    Since you already have the holes drilled, and assuming you like the looks of what you've already spent money on, I think reinforcing that section of hull would be the far easier and more cost effective solution. Monster's own directions direct you to reinforce with extra fiberglass if you are uncertain about the structural integrity. Seems like a project that could be done even by someone without much experience since the aesthetic part is not in question due to it's location that will never be "seen." Just my $0.02.
     
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  5. riverwake

    riverwake New Member

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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2010
    Boat Model:
    Limited S
    Boat Length:
    24
    Yea that is true but another problem is with the monster tower since it is univeral, it is really close to the windsheild if you look at the picture. And when im going fast and hitting waves sometimes the tower taps the windshield because it moves side to side. To be honest i am not a fan of aftermarket towers.
     
  6. Julian

    Julian Jetboaters Fleet Admiral Staff Member Administrator

    Messages:
    11,682
    Location:
    Raleigh, NC 27614
    Ratings:
    +8,791 / 124
    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    242X E-Series
    Boat Length:
    24
    Wow, that looks like it is touching the windshield already! Looks like you needed a wider aftermarket tower.
     
  7. Mainah

    Mainah Jetboaters Captain

    Messages:
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    Location:
    Chapin, SC
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    Limited S
    Boat Length:
    24
    I installed an aftermarket tower on a previous boat and the “backing plates” that came with it with just large washers. I made my own plates from 1/8 inch aluminum sheet which can be cut with many common home owner tools and will bend to the form the inside of the hull when tightened down. I then epoxied them in.

    In this case the windshield is an issue. I recommend reaching out to @John Mcpartland who is currently selling a 2015 ar tower for cheap and is also in Washington (The reg number on the boat in the photo suggests Washington). My guess is the part of the hull where the ar tower mounts did not change much if at all from 2010 to current. If you both take width measurements to confirm this could be a win win and a first of its kind that I would have heard of.

    https://jetboaters.net/threads/2017-ar240-wakeboard-tower.20305/

    Good luck.
     
  8. biffdotorg

    biffdotorg Jet Boat Addict

    Messages:
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    Location:
    Dilworth, MN
    Ratings:
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2011
    Boat Model:
    Limited S
    Boat Length:
    24

    I didn't see anyone respond to your original assumption here yet, so I figured I would pipe up. The tower on these Pre 2015 models is "similar" in the fact that the 2010-2011 towers were fixed, and the 2012+ towers were removable and can be lowered. That being said, I would guess that you could put the mounts for either on a boat that has neither.

    I also saw a fresh post for a 2014 Limited S tower on here too. You would just need to order the base mounts and install those.

    Good luck,
     
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  9. riverwake

    riverwake New Member

    Messages:
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2010
    Boat Model:
    Limited S
    Boat Length:
    24
    Hey do you know who was selling the 2014 limited s tower? Seems like they oem towers are hard to find.
     
  10. riverwake

    riverwake New Member

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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2010
    Boat Model:
    Limited S
    Boat Length:
    24
    It is very close, the monster tower doesnt really fit the boat width wise. I probably could have made it fit but i wanted to use the back holes from the oem tower instead of drilling all 4 new holes. Now im just trying to stick to oem
     
  11. riverwake

    riverwake New Member

    Messages:
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2010
    Boat Model:
    Limited S
    Boat Length:
    24
    Im actually going to buy that tower and make it fit on the boat. Hope it fits good :)
     
  12. biffdotorg

    biffdotorg Jet Boat Addict

    Messages:
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    Location:
    Dilworth, MN
    Ratings:
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2011
    Boat Model:
    Limited S
    Boat Length:
    24

    Looks like it just sold today
    https://jetboaters.net/threads/tower-from-2014-242-limited-s.12879/

    Someone else has an AR240 tower in the classifieds. The issue is, these are not cheap to ship. So unless you are in driving distance, it's not a bargain
     
  13. Mainah

    Mainah Jetboaters Captain

    Messages:
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    Location:
    Chapin, SC
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2016
    Boat Model:
    Limited S
    Boat Length:
    24
    Please write a post on this with photos. If you run into any issues like how far back from the windshield end does the tower mount and such there are plently of olks here that will be happy to help and even take photos of thiers if needed. @swatski has experience removing, installing, and modifing this tower.
     
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  14. Betik

    Betik Jetboaters Captain

    Messages:
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    Location:
    Frisco, TX
    Ratings:
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    Boat Make:
    Yamaha
    Year:
    2012
    Boat Model:
    SX
    Boat Length:
    24
    That is the white tower we were talking about

    when you get the 2015+ tower please make sure you put reinforcement on the fiberglass. If I were you I would lay new layers first.
    PS. make sure you are a long sleeve shirt when you work inside there.
     

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