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    I just scooped a used brace (thanx Nelson) and unfortunately it's a little short. With the brace centered over the intake there's about a 1" gap on each side between the end of the brace and the stringer. In all the pics that I've seen you guys run the brace pretty tight to the stringer; little or no gap.
    Can I use the brace, even though it's a bit short, by simply making the angle brackets a bit longer? Or does that somehow defeat the purpose of using a brace at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 75 TX View Post
    I just scooped a used brace (thanx Nelson) and unfortunately it's a little short. With the brace centered over the intake there's about a 1" gap on each side between the end of the brace and the stringer. In all the pics that I've seen you guys run the brace pretty tight to the stringer; little or no gap.
    Can I use the brace, even though it's a bit short, by simply making the angle brackets a bit longer? Or does that somehow defeat the purpose of using a brace at all?

    one inch on each seems a like a lot. post a pic of it in there. Are you running a rail kit or mounts?

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    find some old 4 point alum engine to stringer mounts or get a welder to heliarc some plate alum to the back and frt on each side, be stronger.

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    these wouldn't look to bad, looks to have at least 2inches sticking out past the stringer

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    Quote Originally Posted by rIVERtRASH View Post
    one inch on each seems a like a lot. post a pic of it in there. Are you running a rail kit or mounts?
    I'll be running a rail kit. Brace picture to follow.

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    The gap isn't as bad as I'd thought. It's more like 3/4" from the stringer on each side. 1 1/2" from stringer to the pump brace's mounting holes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 75 TX View Post
    The gap isn't as bad as I'd thought. It's more like 3/4" from the stringer on each side. 1 1/2" from stringer to the pump brace's mounting holes.
    Once you put the rail kit in it will be only be 1/2" from the stringers. Just get a peice of angle aluminum and mount it to the intake. You will need to re-drill your center holes though when doing that.

    If I were you I might just consider ordering a new one from Duane for about $80 shipped and includes all the mounting brackets. It will look better and take away the head ache.

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    You could run that no problem in my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 75 TX View Post
    The gap isn't as bad as I'd thought. It's more like 3/4" from the stringer on each side. 1 1/2" from stringer to the pump brace's mounting holes.

    The floor looks really good,

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajadad View Post
    The floor looks really good,
    Thanks Brian. The pics were taken after wet-sanding and before buffing/polishing.
    How's your boat coming? I saw the pics....it looks CLEAN! I dunno about that Ferd though.... J/K!

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    That kicks A$$, keep us posted.

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    it looks like its touching the floor near the ends of the brace. make sure it doesn't touch when its installed. the floor will flex when the boat is running and crack wherever the brace touches it.

    these things are best fabricated to the boat, not the other way around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone View Post
    it looks like its touching the floor near the ends of the brace. make sure it doesn't touch when its installed. the floor will flex when the boat is running and crack wherever the brace touches it.

    these things are best fabricated to the boat, not the other way around.
    The brace is just sitting atop the intake to illustrate how much narrower it is than the span from stringer to stringer.
    I guess I was just hoping to make it work since it's already made and coated all purdy

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    Quote Originally Posted by 75 TX View Post
    The brace is just sitting atop the intake to illustrate how much narrower it is than the span from stringer to stringer.
    I guess I was just hoping to make it work since it's already made and coated all purdy

    While Cyclone is right(custom fit for each boat), I dont think the fit is all that bad. If you were planning to run some angle to adapt it to the stringers, it will work. Obviously you wont be resting it on top of the stringers, but unless you are planning on flying your boat to the moon, you shouldn't have any problems with it. If you have access to a machine shop then you will be even better off.
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