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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:04 am 
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Looking inside the hull through the fwd hatch; I have a crack in the plastic that covers the bottom of the xbar where the v-strut connects on the right side. Has anyone else had this problem? Would like to fix, but unsure how to. Any input would be greatly appreciated. My biggest concern is that if I take off the xbar to fix, when I go to reattach the v-strut underneath that I will reopen the crack or make it worse and cause more damage.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:01 pm 
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I'd be a bit concerned about a crack at the attachment point. Does it appear in the deck as well? May be material covering the molded-in insert that is thinner or un-important. Photo?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:09 pm 
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I need help on how to post a photo......please


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:21 pm 
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Here is a picture of inside kayak and on top

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The crack is just behind the connection between the v-strut and xbar(sorry pic is upside down)

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You can see a small crack forming just to the right of xbar support on top


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:46 am 
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May have been some turnbuckle overextension there - or overtightening of the top nut.

Or both.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:32 am 
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I have never adjusted/played with any of this hardware. The AI is a 2007 hull and has been great. Only noticed this on a fluke.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:16 am 
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The little crack in material on the insert is not of much concern. The other crack in the foot well / fire wall area can be welded. They are not connected, but may have a similar stress event cause.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:22 am 
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No idea if you'd be comfortable doing this yourself or not, but as Matt said, it can be successfully plastic welded. Maybe your dealer has enough experience that he could do this for you. I've fixed myself in a much more critical area and to date it has held up 100%.


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