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    V-King loose bow eye, need a belly shrinker or a tool tip

    For whatever reason the bow eye on my V-king has loosened up. The glass seems fine not damaged thankfully but what at first appeared an easy fix is proving quite a challenge due to lack of space to get to it. I tried to contort my position around and could only get within 6" reach of the bow eye with a wrench. The angle its on doesnt look as if I can get a socket on it and use extensions so here I am asking the most simple yet challenging tech tip Ive needed in a while. Anyone got anything for this? Or am I looking at hiring a small person to climb in there?
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    Loose bow eye

    On my Invader tunnel, I cut the old one off with a sawzall got a new stainless one. Went to Harbor Freight an bought a $14 3/8 air ratchet. Got a 5 ft. Piece of 1/4 pipe (hard to find- go to a plumbing supply shop) extended the handle by 5ft, zip tied the ratchet “on” and put a 1/4 ball valve to control the ratchet. Had to bend the pipe a little, taped the nuts in the socket and worked like a charm.Click image for larger version. 

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    That is awesome!

    Unfortunately I dont think I can get a socket on the thing because its angled up towards the underside of the deck and there aint much room in there at all. It looks deceiving from the outside I thought "no big deal I'll have that tightened up in two mins flat" hmmm well I dont fit and no socket or extension that I could figure will go in there.
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    Don't get locked up for a pervert trying to bribe a small child to crawl in there

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    I almost lost my vector......bumpy road....luckly the boat was tied down ......On old boats the steel rots thru..... cut it off from the out side and get a ss one. I streached.......

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    lmao nitro good grief


    Dave S it is a Stainless bow eye ( maybes aits already been replaced? ) its just loose but in quite fine condition I just cant reach the dang thing
    Hydrostream dreamin

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    i would try a 1/4" socket on a "wobbler" with a power tool. you don't necessarily have to get the socket all the way on with the power tool whirring it around! Just wear safety glasses (and maybe a hat) in case the socket flails off of there!!!

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    If I can get a socket on there Im gonna try that. Ive got one of those claw grabber long reach doo hickeys that I'll try and drop the socket with wobble extension on and see if I can stab the air ratchetemedoowhatsit on there and let er rip! Stay tuned....
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    maybe a flex end gear wrench with an extended handle?
    Last edited by SS170; 08-23-2019 at 04:18 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS170 View Post
    maybe a flex end gear wrench with an extended handle?
    Winner!!!! I did something like this. I managed to drop a ratchet wrench over it and reach the wrench with another wrench and worked it snug, not super tight but snug enough that I can no longer wiggle it from the outside its firm but I will be shorely keeping an eye on it over time. Thanks all
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    Just cut a hole in the deck





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    Ohhh I have the sawzall and duct tape on the ready, always
    Hydrostream dreamin

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    Quote Originally Posted by perfmarine1 View Post
    Just cut a hole in the deck
    I had to do that once.....the “Dialed in at Lake X” decal covers the patch nicely ��

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    Aha!!! I got me some wicking loktite #290 Im going to tie a small brush to a stick, cover it in locktite and do some fine art painting on the threads. Kinda itchy now arghh
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    I was able to thread mine on with my fingers from the inside, then tightened the nuts on the outside of the hull and drew it through until it was tight. No problems, and it isn't coming loose ever.

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