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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:41 am 
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I'm installing my new ama kit onto my Outback. I'm all done with the install, but now I discover my side arms fit SO tightly that I can't get either of them in all the way. This isn't good. I moore it in a marina. So I NEED to be able to reach behind myself and pull the starboard one off the boat so I can dock up. I also often have to squeeze between other boats to get to my dock, and so I need to be able to install and remove them both at will while I'm in the boat. My question: Has anyone else found this problem? Should I sand down the plastic ends of the two arms? Or do I have a defective part?

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:01 am 
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By ama kit do you mean hobie sidekicks? If so, maybe the metal crosstube got dinged and is oval instead of round.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:16 pm 
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Okay, thanks. Yes, its the sidekick ama's. I just bought it brand new from Austin Kayak. I need to let them know, and see if I can get a good one. I was planning to buy a couple more anyway so I could move the sidekicks around between my boats.

I'm glad to hear they aren't supposed to be that rediculously tight. :)

Happy Sailing!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:18 am 
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Yes, I just purchased the sidekick and had the same problem on one of the arms. I sanded down the plastic end that was tight and it works just fine. I have an Oasis Tandum and installed the cross bar behind the front seat. I do a little manuvering from the rear seat and am able to get the side kicks in and out without a problem and get the sail down.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 5:44 pm 
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rblond wrote:
Yes, I just purchased the sidekick and had the same problem on one of the arms. I sanded down the plastic end that was tight and it works just fine. I have an Oasis Tandum and installed the cross bar behind the front seat. I do a little manuvering from the rear seat and am able to get the side kicks in and out without a problem and get the sail down.

Great sailing.


Do you have a picture, I'm thinking of buying one for my Oasis.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 7:00 pm 
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Mine were tight too, but after a few uses I can now reach back and remove them. I would try working them on and off a few times and see what happens, if they are still to tight then sand them down as also suggested.

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I add a smear of GP grease from time to time which works a treat.

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