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Cleaning up my 04 Tracker Avalanche
« on: February 06, 2021, 08:22:55 AM »
To be honest I'm somewhat ashamed. I had no idea how bad it was! LOL  :puking:
By the end of last year when I was getting the boat ready for it's winter nap I did a walk around. The poor boat looked like it just came back from a week long bender at the Roxbery. I lost most of the decals on my 04 115hp Mercury. The decals were replaced by dirt. Seats have tears and patched with flex seal tape. Side rails faded from sun and pitted. This was just the start of my list.

Since I had shoulder surgery this winter I needed a project and my plan was to pay a little respect to the old girl. She needed a facelift of Joan Rivers proportion!
I'll be posting more as soon as I get the boat into the garage.
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Re: Cleaning up my 04 Tracker Avalacnche
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2021, 08:36:41 AM »
What a difference $45 can make.

  • Heat Gun to remove the old
  • Goo-gone to clean up the mess
  • 2000 grit wet-sand
  • Rubbing compound Polish
  • New decals
  • Fresh coat of wax
Total time 3-4 hrs

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Re: Cleaning up my 04 Tracker Avalanche
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2021, 12:35:35 PM »
Wow! :o

What a major difference! Definitely not a waste of your time.

Looks great  :nod:
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Re: Cleaning up my 04 Tracker Avalanche
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2021, 10:37:00 AM »
@Mitz How's it coming along? Any new pics for us?  o/
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Re: Cleaning up my 04 Tracker Avalanche
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2021, 10:41:05 AM »
I have been taking a bunch of photos. Friday I'm taking a day off from work just to knock out the list.
I'll be sure to update by this weekend.  :yes:
Nice weather makes working in the garage so much easier!

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Re: Cleaning up my 04 Tracker Avalanche
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2021, 11:22:51 AM »
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Nice weather makes working in the garage so much easier!

Absolutely! Any outside temps in the 40s or higher makes it a breeze for sure  :yes:

When I installed my 2nd Talon, the outside temps were in the low 30s. My garage heater was able to push the inside temp up to about 50, which worked perfectly with a light sweatshirt on.

Once it gets into the 40s, the heater gets it up to 60 inside with no problems at all.  :thumbup:
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Re: Cleaning up my 04 Tracker Avalanche
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2021, 09:04:30 AM »
I was able to check off 2 big items from my list.
TM installed and New Seats installed.

TM install went well except for one of the nylon centered nuts on the old TM stripped and started spinning in place. We got in an epic battle for about an hour.  :yes: Sometimes getting into these projects is a good thing! Last year I was tripping fuses with my TM but wasn't sure why. Well it ended up the wire harness put on by who will remain an "unnamed" local marine dealer used cheap connectors and a bad crimp job so the wires were wiggling in the connector. Not great for a 36V TM  :facepalm:

Seats I had to get a little creative because the old seat started as a bench seat. The bottom of the bench seat is what gave the sheet metal bench stability. So if I just mounted the seats directly in place it would have caved in. I pealed off the old seats removed 1000 staples and saved the base. Then recarpeted that and mounted the seats to it. I was then able to reuse the existing hinges.

Over all about 4-5 hours worth of work but well worth it!-Mitz


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Re: Cleaning up my 04 Tracker Avalanche
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2021, 10:30:58 AM »
Keep us updated how you like the Ghost, i read some very good things about them!

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Re: Cleaning up my 04 Tracker Avalanche
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2021, 11:07:45 AM »
Will do!  :thumbup:  I can't wait to get it on the water! Just finished calibrating the auto level stow feature. Now when you bring it up to the deck it turns and lays flat.  ;D


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Re: Cleaning up my 04 Tracker Avalanche
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2021, 09:27:43 AM »
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Well it ended up the wire harness put on by who will remain an "unnamed" local marine dealer used cheap connectors and a bad crimp job so the wires were wiggling in the connector.

Gotta love it when the "professionals" do shoddy work like this  :facepalm:

Looking really good, Mitz!

I bet you can't wait to get on the water again and give that new TM a try.

Oh, and I also bet you climbed up into the boat and sat in those new seats more than once, "just to see how they feel".   (giggle)
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Re: Cleaning up my 04 Tracker Avalanche
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2021, 06:08:05 PM »
Didn't like the wires showing so got a little creative.  ;)
Some wire protector I had and $12 amazon waterproof wire covers.
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Re: Cleaning up my 04 Tracker Avalanche
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2021, 06:17:58 PM »
It's the little details that make all the difference in the world. Nice job  :thumbup: :nod:
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Re: Cleaning up my 04 Tracker Avalanche
« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2021, 09:00:16 AM »
Another quick cleanup project. From adding LEDs and other accessories through the years, I needed a way to clean up my switches.


Installed this last night. Ended up rewiring it a bit because it came factory wired as constant on. Now it works off my main accessories stitch and switch 1 on the panel turns the panel on/off. As it turned out I found my boat was pre-wired for a radio so once I cut the hole I fed the wire through and put on some new ends and had instant power.  :yes:


O Yeah also installed a new livewell switch because my was get stuck and was driving me nuts!


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Re: Cleaning up my 04 Tracker Avalanche
« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2021, 09:39:37 AM »
Nice!

Does it have USB ports?

I installed one on my dashboard last year and love it.

I also installed dual voltage meters in the stern to monitor my two TM batteries. Now I never have any doubts about where my batteries stand with regard to voltage.
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Re: Cleaning up my 04 Tracker Avalanche
« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2021, 02:13:13 PM »
Yup a double usb and a 12V car adapter (Cigarette light).


Going to put Nav lights, Deck Lights, Live well lights and disco ball   (giggle)  on the open switches.

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