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Old 09-15-2020, 07:14 PM
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I have used the search function and am seeing where people say to use 5200/4200......my question is, are they putting that all over the back of the plate like glue, and then wiping the stuff that gets squeezed out?

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Are they saying to put the 5200/4200 into the drilled holes before turning the screws?

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Are they saying to use the 5200/4200 like a caulk and just put a bead around the outside of the plate base?

OR some combination of the above?

Thanks for any feedback. I know I probably sound like a Googan, but I don't want to mess this up. (Putting this on the transom of a Contender where the livewell is right there, so I am thinking very short screws....like 1 inch.)


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Old 09-15-2020, 08:29 PM
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When you say screws are you talking about self tapping screws in combination with 5200 or 4200? That really needs to be through bolted with a backing plate at least two inch by two inch on each nut to the bolt. or a good size stainless washer.
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5200/4200 screw holes and use a backing plate if possible (really, really encourage this). Through bolt and use backing washers. Screws if you can’t reach backing plate, but use the biggest things you can get then. One day you’ll hook a 1000lb marlin, well we can dream right?
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I just installed it. Turns out it has 12 screw holes and not 6. I used #10 stainless steel 3/4" screws, which definitely got through the outer layer, but did not poke through the livewell at all. I put 5200 all over the back of the plate, went through several rags wiping the excess off that squirted out the sides. I may go back and put some 5200 in each screw hole, but I didn't today because I had cut the tube to such a large hole (in order to put a bunch on the base plate) that it wouldn't have neatly gone in the holes and would have made a mess. I will need to get a new tube and just snip the very tip. I got to think the 5200 under there is going to be pretty powerful as is

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Looks fantastic. Great job.
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1.). You are just using this for storing rods while under way, correct? You are not going to have a shot gun rod there?

2.) If that ever does rip loose, it's going to take a lot of gelcoat with it.. I would never have used 5200. UV4000 would have had good adhesive/ sealant properties and no permenancy to the installation.

I truly hope it works out as you plan. Thru-bolting would have been bullet proof for your lifetime. You couldn't have installed thru-bolts behind the inside of the livewell? Isn't there access for plumbing, etc....


DOES look good. Super clean install.
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^^^ this

it isnt going anywhere and you definitely arent going to have to worry about it...uv4000 has great sealing and adhesive properties and does not yellow with exposure like 5200/4200 can..

my recommendation when installing screws is a squirt in the screw hole and a bit on the screw threads...especially near the head...this will allow the sealer that gets run up the threads to the head of the screw seal the opening...just putting it in the hole pushes the sealer down into the hole and can leave the head less than fully sealed at the opening...

looks great...the cleanup with that method can be tedious...but the result if done right is sweet...
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I was able to get a piece of wood back behind the gel coat, then screwed in the rocket launcher, then 4200 around the mount itself, just incase
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Are you able to trim your motors all the way up with those rod holders?

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