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GearTrac Upgrade

Discussion in 'Mounting Systems' started by GlockGuy, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. GlockGuy

    GlockGuy Member

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    When I began rigging YakAttack products on the 2012 Ride 135, there was a discussion of whether the GearTrac behind the cockpit should be 8" or 12" sections. 8" sections were available, so that's what I used, but I kept them close to the cockpit so that I would have room to swap them out for 12" sections later. Swapping them out was nearly identical to the original installation, so I'll document how easy it was to make the switch -

    Here is the package, as received from YakAttack. You'll notice that a drill bit is supplied with the kit. This bit is slightly undersized, since the mounting screws cut their own threads in the hull. This makes for a tight, secure and watertight fit. -
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    Here is the 8" section, installed behind the seat. -
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    Begin by carefully removing the 8 mounting screws. As you can see, I didn't over torque the screws when I installed the original GearTrac, so these holes are still fully useable for the new section, since ALL GearTrac uses the same hole spacing. -
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    This is a personal preference thing, but I decided to add some STS to the area before mounting the new GearTrac. Even though I'm reusing all 8 of the original mounting holes, so there is no chance of water leakage, running the screws through the STS will REALLY ensure that there is no leakage. (Okay, I'll admit it - I work for the Department of Redundancy Department. :oops: ) -
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    The eagle-eyed among you will notice that the STS has covered up my original mounting holes. However, since I replaced the sections of track one at a time, I had a good idea where there were and a few probes with a toothpick located the mounting holes. I lined up 2... -
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    With the first 8 screws installed, I was able to use the 4 remaining mounting holes in the GearTrac as a drilling guide. NOTE - Using the holes in the track as a drilling guide is the preferred method of installation. Drill a hole, mount a screw, move to the next hole and repeat until all fasteners are installed.
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    From here, it was just a matter of installing the first 8 screws in the existing holes. NOTE - I recommend installing these screws by hand, as opposed to using power tools. I was VERY careful installing the first screws, so these holes were able to be reutilized, but I wasn't willing to take a chance of stripping the holes out by screwing too hard. I don't care how many clutch settings your drill driver has - DO IT BY HAND!
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    The finished product -
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  2. n2bassfishing

    n2bassfishing New Member

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    I have my son this weekend but will see about rigging mine up to share. Great write up Mike.
     
  3. Chronacast

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    Nice, tfs

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  4. Mean Bone

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    Really like the look of the STS but I've got a couple of questions.

    What is it?

    Where do I get it?

    Thanks!
     
  5. BigYaker

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    Mike,
    I like the placement of the gear track and mighty mounts. I plan on picking up a Ride 115 in the very near future and might have to steal your idea ;)
     
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  6. GlockGuy

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    BigYaker - Don't consider it "stealing." They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! :D

    Mean Bone - STS is Silent Traction System. I happened to have gotten mine from HOOK1, but it may be available other places as well. It is essentially neoprene with a pattern embossed. It helps quiet things that go bump and adds traction for standing in our kayaks. I put it wherever my feet go and anyplace that I think stuff like a paddle or rod may bump and cause noise.
     
  7. Mean Bone

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    GlockGuy PM'd me on the STS.

    For those of you like me who were unaware of this product it can be found HERE. I've already emailed the product manufacturer for more info. This will be on my 'yak!
     
  8. cvharrison

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    Yeah... what does STS stand for?
     
  9. YakAttack

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    Silent Traction System. It's an adhesive backed, non-slip, sound deadening foam.
     
  10. Hanover_Yakker

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  11. JoseC

    JoseC Guest

    sick setup man.
     
  12. GlockGuy

    GlockGuy Member

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    Thanks. I'm anxiously awaiting Luthers' new crate creation to take the place of that PrecisionPak Crate Pac Max Long.
     

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