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    I need to mount the foot throttle to the floor but don't want to put holes in the floor. What about glassing a 2x4 to the floor and mounting the pedal to that? Also, the mounting holes on the pedal are only big enough for a 1/4" screw. Will 4 of em hold it securely? What about some self tappers? Thanks

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    I got a Hawaiian with a floor mounted pedal. I just replaced the cable a few months ago. The pedal was screwed to the floor with 3 - 1/4" lag bolts about 1" long. They were steel and I replaced them with SS lag bolts and flat washers. You could glass a piece of 1x4 to the floor if you wanted to. I would not go with 2x4.

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    Sounds good. Thats probably what I'll do. Did the lag bolts seem to hold it in place and not strip? Thanks for the reply.

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    mine jsut had some 1 inch lag bolts. i think 4 of them. Held it fine no worries. I would think putting any wood underneath it would have rasied the pedal to a akward height.


    The suggestion i was given was to drill my holes then use some kind of sealent to keep water from wicking into the floor. When my pedal goes down thats how its going and i wont worry about it at all.
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    the ensueing fire would likely be extinguished by the sinking however

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    Please do not compromize anyones safety, for the floor of an older jet boat. We have seen pedal assemblies rip out of boats, and jets especially. They tend to hit things when the throttle is off. Cut and access panel ahead of the pedal assembly and through bolt it, if it has a sub floor. If it has stringers, than stringer mount it. If it does not have a sub floor, than make a plate that bolts through the floor, and flatens the mounting surface. There is nothing wrong with drilling the bottom of a boat. Your pump screws go through the floor. Saftey first.

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    How about laying out the location of the holes on the 1x4 and countersinking carriage bolts from the bottom and then glassing it to the floor. Then you will have the bolt threads facing up and you can put lock nuts on to hold the pedal down. Don't use lags as they will eventually rip out and cause a major safety hazard as posted above.

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    Im trying to figure out why you would overkill bolting this thing to the floor of your boat. Why would i use cairage bolts from underneath the subfloor with locking nuts or drill thru my entire boat to hook up a throttle pedal? Exactly how much weight are you guys putting on these pedals?

    When they were made what method of attachment was used then and how long has that lasted? I would think your seat takes more stress than a throttle pedal and i dont see any one telling you to sink the bolts thru the hull.. Attaching to a stringer is a differnet option though if you have exsposed stringers as i do not.

    Im not saying those are real sturdy ways of securing your shit i just think its a bit of over kill...IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delemorte View Post
    Im trying to figure out why you would overkill bolting this thing to the floor of your boat. Why would i use cairage bolts from underneath the subfloor with locking nuts or drill thru my entire boat to hook up a throttle pedal? Exactly how much weight are you guys putting on these pedals?

    When they were made what method of attachment was used then and how long has that lasted? I would think your seat takes more stress than a throttle pedal and i dont see any one telling you to sink the bolts thru the hull.. Attaching to a stringer is a differnet option though if you have exsposed stringers as i do not.

    Im not saying those are real sturdy ways of securing your shit i just think its a bit of over kill...IMHO.

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    Hey it's your life and I don't boat near you so I'm not worried about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tunneljet View Post
    Hey it's your life and I don't boat near you so I'm not worried about it.
    Im not trying to be combative im just trying to wrap my head around it. If i have the wrong impression on a safety issue then i need to change my ways. However i dont see this one so explain..


    If i have a rotten floor i should not be bolting shit to it and should fix the floor. If the floor is rotten then no matter how i bolt it it wont stay any way... Say i am on the gas and the pedal rips off the floor what is the worst that is gonna happen besides loose speed? I can see it being inconveinient and a PITA to get back to the launch but i fail to see the danger. Please help me understand and im being serious as i dont want to be doing something careless with my life or the life of my familly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Delemorte View Post
    Say i am on the gas and the pedal rips off the floor what is the worst that is gonna happen besides loose speed? I can see it being inconveinient and a PITA to get back to the launch but i fail to see the danger. Please help me understand and im being serious as i dont want to be doing something careless with my life or the life of my familly.
    Well, you won't have control of your steering without any throttle applied... So I could see where the pedal pulling out of the floor suddenly could possibly put you in a bad situation.

    That said, after the I got the new floor in my boat, I mounted mine the same way you described in your other post, I had no other choice & I wasn't about to drill through the bottom of the boat, lol.... That was 4 years ago & its still as solid as the day I put it in....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devilman View Post
    Well, you won't have control of your steering without any throttle applied... So I could see where the pedal pulling out of the floor suddenly could possibly put you in a bad situation.
    Sure but if your going WOT towards something that is gonna mess you up you probably should have cut back on the throttle before that moment.

    i say lag screw it down and dont worry about it unless your floor is rotten, then you need to address the floor before you put the new peddle down.
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    I think lag bolts will do just fine. I don't have a race boat, and don't drive in the direction that is straight for a tree to have to make me do a split second manuver. If these things were bolted to the floor from the factory, I think it'll do. No need to drill through the boat. Having common scence and being cautious in the first place is what keeps you safe. If you are putting your self in that position that if your throttle pedal gives way, and you're about to hit something, better take a boating safety class, beacuse I don't want to be boating around that person.
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    I guess that is the difference between me and you. I never minimize anything. We do not lag, anything at our boat shop. You asked for advise, and you recieved good ,safe, advise, and now you are telling me that if the factory does it that way, its good enough? That is not the case. You are laging into plywood. You can hit that extra big boat wake, a little hard, and tear it out. I am stating to you that we do this repair all of the time, and I report to Insurance companys about this all of the time, and there loophole to payment on claims are Factory defect or flaw. If your boat company is no longer in business, they may not favor in your direction .Do not fool yourself that this cannot happen to you.

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    Well It doesn't matter what direction you are headed, alot of jet boats will make a hard right or left turn when the throttle is suddenly closed at higher speeds. I have had it happen. This is the reason people use ratchets and pop-offs to help unload the pump so the boat will coast straight. I realize it is much easier to lag to the floor but easy isn't always the best.

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