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Old 05-21-2016, 05:47 PM
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Question on bracing/gusset

Wasn't sure where else to come, but used to frequent the Jeep and fab boards and was thinking if anyone wold know it would be you guys (or you could direct me). I have a wake tower on my boat (pictured below) that needs some corner bracing/gusset (like with roll cages) in the upper corners. It has lateral movement in it that I am trying to stop. If you look close you can see the seam where the pieces meet.
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Old 05-23-2016, 09:09 AM
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I think I would get some angle iron (2x2 stick of wood may also work) and clamp it down to see how the triangulation would work. Not very scientific, but I think it would start getting you on the right track for both movement and traffic flow.
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Old 05-23-2016, 11:39 AM
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To be clear you are bracing an existing tower.
Is it welded together or is it actually separate pieces clamped some how...
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Old 05-23-2016, 04:41 PM
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there are bolted joints at the top of the 2 side pieces that connect to the cross piece.
Yes it is an existing tower. If u look at pic closely u can see the joints. Thanks for the help.
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Old 05-23-2016, 06:29 PM
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I do like the look of it but, to have it become as solid as it should be:
I would have built it as two full hoops and a one piece welded structure.

The only way I can see this not getting yanked around would be to run a tube from the top center of the For-Aft braces to the point on the side where the two tubes "Y". It will look like Arss...
Or possibly forming a sheetmetal gusset to fill in the top of the "Y" and weld it in (would look better). At that point simply welding all the pieces together 'might' do the trick.

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Old 05-23-2016, 07:53 PM
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That is exactly what I had in mind. Guess I will take it to a local welder.
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Old 05-23-2016, 08:18 PM
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Since it is designed to be removable and or tilt down, would a set of tension cables be out of the question?
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