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How do I tell if my tracks are new or old style?
As a quick reference, model year 1996 and older boats will utilize the old style tracks, while model years 2000 and newer utilize the new style track. Model years 1997-1999 were transition years where both style tracks were in production. If you boat falls within this range you will have to compare your lower track to the below pictures to determine which track you have. Notice that the end profile of the new track has one leg that is taller while on the old track, both legs are the same height. Additionally, the new track has slightly thicker side walls & a larger track recesses to accommodate the new trucks.
Are the old style tracks and trucks available anywhere?
No, they were phased completely out of production by the early 2000’s.
Can I use the new trucks in my old track?
Unfortunately they are not compatible. The new truck has thicker wheels that cannot ride in the recesses of the older track. If the trucks have to be replaced you will have to replace the track as well.
Can I use the old trucks in my new track?
Yes. If you need to replace the track but your old style trucks are still acceptable, the old trucks are compatible with the new track. With that said, the old trucks were redesigned because of the high rate of product failure. While you already have the door pulled out, we highly recommend replacing the trucks at the same time to avoid future repairs.
Which trucks do I need?
You will need 2 upper and 2 lower trucks per door panel you are replacing. Most people will need (2) A trucks & (2) B trucks to replace a single sliding door. With that said, occasionally builders have used different trucks in different positions to achieve a better fit to their fiberglass tooling. The recommended way to ensure you get exactly what you need is to measure your current trucks & order exactly what you need.
I measured my trucks, but you do not have my height.
It is relatively rate, but in the past we have customized the trucks to accommodate unique fits. If you have a truck that is not a standard size, we recommend purchasing the next size up truck and sanding the truck down to match your height.
Are the tracks predrilled?
No. Many of the older model doors were hand drilled and therefore there is no way for us to guarantee the holes will match exactly.
How do you recommend match drilling our new tracks?
Place a piece of masking tape along the bottom of the original track. Poke holes through the tape to mark hole locations. Remove the tape, place on the new track and drill. *Note the forward and aft sides to ensure the hole pattern is not accidentally flipped. On the new track, the aft side is the taller leg while the forward side has the beveled bottom edge.
Are any special tools required to remove or install the tracks?
No, standard Phillips head screw drivers and either a corded or cordless drill is sufficient. The tracks can be cut down with a hacksaw, miter box saw, jig, chop, or band saw.
Can the bottom track be installed in either direction?
No, it is important that the bottom track be installed with the raised leg facing aft per the image below.
To replace the bottom trucks, you will first need to remove the bottom of the door from the train. This can be done by removing the 3 bolts that run through the train. You then will be able to lift the door out of the train. At this point you should see 2 bolts running through the bottom of the train into the trucks. Remove these bolts to free the trucks from the train. You now will be able to slide the trucks out of the end of the track. Slide the new trucks into the track and reinstall to the trains. You can then set the door back into the train and reinstall the bolts.
No. To Place the top trucks, remove the 2 screws per truck that run through the door into the trucks per the drawing. If the top surface of your door is not covered this is simple to accomplish with a standard Phillips head screw driver. Simply remove the bolts, slide the trucks out of the end of the track, replace, and rebolt the door to the trucks.
This unfortunately gets a little more complicated. If the gap between the cover and the water control surface is sufficient to reach your hand in, you might still be able to replace the trucks per the above directions. Some companies also have access panels on that may be located on the top of the dash/cover, on the face of the dash, or possibly even the inside of the cabin. There are some models that require removing the dash panel completely to access the upper tracks. This often will require extensive screw removal & silicone cutting and is likely a job best left for a professional.
How do you recommend installing the tracks?
If you are using existing holes, start at the closing end of the track and run all of your screws in but do not tighten down. Then go screw by screw, place your index finger in the gap of the track and tighten down the screw until the gap just starts to close and tighten on your finger then stop. This method helps ensure you do not over tighten your screws and bow the track closed.
The original mounting holes for my tracks are striped and will not hold my screws. Do I have to use these holes?
No you don’t. You should however do you best to maintain the same spacing between the new holes. If you are going to drill new holes, make sure to fill the old holes with silicone to prevent water intrusion prior to mounting the tracks. Always remember that it is critical that the top and bottom track be parallel for the door to slide properly.