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    Any one with an extended Steering Column "Brace" or support to avoid Dash flex ? Pics ?

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    Do you need it in the boat while running or towing? I've seen guys make stuff to support the steering column while towing so it doesn't flex as much.

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    I have a nice brace set up for my extended column. Took all the flex out.

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    Tom,

    You talking about dash flex? The best fix is to build a brace that fits the mounting bracket of the shaft behind the dash and go forward with some triangulated brackets and bolt directly through the deck, or a cross brace on the underside of the deck..

    Speed holes are a must

    I don't have any pics, but that is how we did it in the "tin boats"....

    I will see if I can draw a diagram of what I mean later..
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    Quote Originally Posted by GT Jets View Post
    Tom,

    You talking about dash flex? The best fix is to build a brace that fits the mounting bracket of the shaft behind the dash and go forward with some triangulated brackets and bolt directly through the deck, or a cross brace on the underside of the deck..

    Speed holes are a must

    I don't have any pics, but that is how we did it in the "tin boats"....

    I will see if I can draw a diagram of what I mean later..
    X2 on the trianglation, I was concerned too when building mine, turned out being fine though. 4" aluminum angle, grabing the helm mounting, or 2" angle, hiding the bracket behind the helm. I was planning something like a ladder bar, cut from .200 aluminum plate, spanning to the bulkhead. I have seen them going to the floor or stringer, but would hate to get caught up in that, exiting the boat.
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    I run a cnc plasma cutter and if you design it I can burn it. I'm sure we can work out a killer deal. I just need a clean dxf file or even a properly dimentioned bar napkin drawing to make a part. Limit 1/2 " plate.
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    "Steering column Braces"

    Something like this actually exists? Are there off the shelf braces or are they always custom fabricated? Would love to see pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboatperformance View Post
    Any one with an extended Steering Column "Brace" or support to avoid Dash flex ? Pics ?
    mounted mine under the dash. sorry about the size of the pic. don't know how to change size
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    Interesting Piece SD ,Fixed the pic for ya ! (and saved it too !)
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    Default 2 dead pedals?

    Neither of those pedals looks to have any articulation?
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    I had a lot of flex on the old white boat, so I made a 1/4" aluminum backing plate that went on the backside of the dash to clamp the rack system in place..which improved things quite a bit, not it was still pretty floppy. I took a piece of 1/2" aluminum round stock and tapped 1/4"-20 female threads into each end that braced it against the bulkhead. One of the 3 bolts that hold the steering helm to the dash threaded into the other end. It worked well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Constant840 View Post
    Neither of those pedals looks to have any articulation?
    throttle is laying against stop. pedal pivots at the bottom

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboatperformance View Post
    Interesting Piece SD ,Fixed the pic for ya ! (and saved it too !)
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    thanks Tom, not very good at this. can you believe dash is still a virgin on a 80 earl smith tunnel

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedealer View Post
    thanks tom, not very good at this. Can you believe dash is still a virgin on a 80 earl smith tunnel
    nice !

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