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    Boarding step install on RXT

    Installing the boarding step on a 16 RXT and the instructions calls to tap the fiberglass for an M6 screw, really? Looked at a 16 wake pro and it uses the course thread screw from factory. Anybody has experience with this?
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    Yeah, dont bother with a reboarding step. If you cant get on, you shouldn't ride.

    That sounds cynical, I know, but its just more hassle than it's worth.

    That said, is this a factory kit? Are all the parts there? Certainly the instructions cant be saying tap the screws into the fiberglass... An M6 screw in something meant to hold an adult male is absurd.

    Post up some part numbers and lets see what we got going on, and then just go from there. Many hands make light work, ya know?

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    I think the boarding step is great, especially after a few beers!

    My 2010 OEM boarding step had the same instructions and the reason is that there is a steel plate imbedded into the transom for strength. You are actually tapping the steel plate. BTW, it is composite not fiberglass.

    Follow the instructions and it will last many years!

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    I agree with JP, plus could come in handy when you lose the wife.

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    I put a OEM Sea Doo boarding step on my 2012 GTR-215 and used the torx screws (coarse thread self tapping screws) and is a great add on to my ski. Used it many times and steal solid.
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    Fairly sure there was no metal in the transom when I drilled the holes. Even going nice and slow it was like butter. What I don't understand is, the 16 wake pro is the exact hull (from what I can see) but uses the course thread.

    I am adding it because how easy it makes reboarding after jumping in the water, not because I can't get back on without one. My old RXT had it found it very convenient

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    I just did it on my 17, that thing is solid not moving anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb87 View Post
    Fairly sure there was no metal in the transom when I drilled the holes. Even going nice and slow it was like butter. What I don't understand is, the 16 wake pro is the exact hull (from what I can see) but uses the course thread.

    I am adding it because how easy it makes reboarding after jumping in the water, not because I can't get back on without one. My old RXT had it found it very convenient
    The course threads are for self tapping in the hull (with out) the metal support plate , The fine thread bolts are for the metal support plate , that hast to be tapped to the threads size of the bolt. Is that what you are asking ? The course bolts will cut there own threads as they are tightened down . My 2012 GTR , didnt have the support plate nether. I used the course bolt also.

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    Bottom line is BRP has some skis with and some without metal transom support. I am 100% positive MY 2010 T-X and 2008 T-X has the metal support, I saw it and I tapped it.

    I like the step.

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    Went back and looked carefully in the holes, and there is no metal whatsoever. Also ran a tap with my fingers all the way through to make sure I wasn't crazy. That means the BRP instructions must be outdated and don't reflect the fact that some RXT have the metal support like JPT stated but apparently not all.

    I also like the step, don't understand why BRP doesn't include it from the factory.

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