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After Market Rub Rail

Discussion in 'Do-It-Yourself Projects' started by dblupcobb, Oct 23, 2016.

  1. dblupcobb

    dblupcobb Member

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    I just recently installed an aftermarket Taco Rub rail.  Very pleased with the finished product.  It was not very difficult to install.  All in all took about 4 hrs.  This was a 50' kit that came with all needed accessories (not really).  I had to purchase additional ss screws because the kit was short 60 screws (maybe they only figured you would use every other pre-drilled hole?).  I clamped the track portion of the kit in place and screwed it from stbd/aft around to prt aft, keeping track tight as I went.  I have a SCWX22 and the 50' kit covered nearly the entire two sides and bow of the boat (about 8" from stern on both sides).  Once the track was installed, I used my hand and a screw driver to work the c-channel bumper in the track all the way around using soapy water and a rubber mallet on areas where it was stubborn.  The kit came with some pretty weak plastic end caps that did not really even fit.  I supplemented them w/ the SS caps offered by Taco ($70, but well worth it).  


    I definitely recommend this product so far 3 months after installation.

    Clamping.jpg

    Finished product.jpg

    Screw in place.jpg

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  2. cwag911

    cwag911 Moderator

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    That looks very nice and great pics.
     
  3. adkboater

    adkboater Well-Known Member

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    That look good, definitely a great add on!
     
  4. SEMPERFI8387

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    Nice job. Where'd you end up purchasing kit?
     
  5. dblupcobb

    dblupcobb Member

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    They had the kit in stock at my local West Marine, but it is also available on Amazon.  The End Caps I had to order from a Taco Distributor online.
     
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    prd2hnt Well-Known Member

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    I have been wanting to do something like this. Looks like they have several options. Can you provide a link to the specific rail you used?


    Thanks.


    Brian
     
  7. Spoiledrotten

    Spoiledrotten Well-Known Member

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    Very neat installation, for sure!
     
  8. dblupcobb

    dblupcobb Member

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    BigKahuna Well-Known Member

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    Nice job dblupcobb!!! Looks good!


    Why is the rub rail an "option" in the first place?!?
     
  10. bcpnick

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    Nice. I'm going to have to consider doing this to mine. 
     
  11. lakeliving

    lakeliving Well-Known Member

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    Rub rails should be standard equipment in my mind. It's like Cadillac selling vehicles and bumpers are an option.
     
  12. Rockie69

    Rockie69 Well-Known Member

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    Now, now. Maybe others see bumpers in the same light as curb feelers...
     
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    Showing your age, and mine... curb feelers.  Don't get me started on fender skirts.
     
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