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    Customization

    Thought a thread of customizations Xpress owners have made to make their Xpress's better or custom to their needs would be nice.

    I'll start with my rod storage and lure organizer.


    Here is how I did my Crank baits. Its 1/4" insulation foam, 3M spray adhesive, and a little hot glue. Cost $7



    Here is my spinner bait hanger. Its 1" x 1" alum. angle with holes drilled every 1/2" and that same insulation foam on the front and back side. Hot glued onto the lid. Cost $7



    Here's my jig rack. Same as above just longer. Cost $7 each



    The next two are my rod racks. Kind of hard to tell from the pics but they are suspended about a foot off the floor leaving the floor available for more storage and keeps the rod and reels from banging into each other. First pic is the butt rack. 1" alum angle, screwed into one side and wedged into the other. I used 1-1/8" bilge hose cut to 2" and hot glued to the angle. Rod butts slide into the hose and stays secured. Cost $8




    Here is where the rod tips go. Alum. sheet with golf club tubes. Then the sheet is screwed into one of the deck cross members. Golf tubes are hot glued in. Cost $12




    I did this quick so if anyone wants me to elaborate just tell me where.
    Last edited by JR250SHO; 04-26-2012 at 01:33 PM.
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    Re: Customization (jr225ho)

    Not an express owner, but love the custom jobs!




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    Re: Customization (jr225ho)

    Nice job! I pick up my new one next week and I will be modifying my storage boxes. Thanks for the pics .

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    Re: Customization (Spikymikie)

    I have been searching for a week to find some of those golf tubes with no luck? My rods just get so tangled I need a better storage method.

    Allen

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    Re: Customization (Munkin)

    here are the tubes........ http://www.golfcow.com/golf/ca...0&y=0

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    Re: Customization (Rmart30)

    I would get the bigger 2.25 diameter rod tubes, making it easier to put spinning rods in and not have to be so carefull with all rods.>>> http://www.thmarine.com/product.cfm?PRID=152


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    Re: Customization (Munkin)

    i own an express x19 had aproblem with rods getting tangled at the tips. found a product called stick jacket works great ican put as many rods as i want with no hang ups

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    Re: Customization (buzzg)

    I found that getting the under deck wiring up tight against the deck bottom and adding some more carpet all the way to the bow solves the rod tip tangle issue as long as you wrap the line around the rod before stowing them. I can put 8+ rods in each locker and never get them tangled up.

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    Re: Customization (jr225ho)

    now I just seen the rod holder man that is great what year is your boat ...mine is a 98 the junk they sold me for a rod hold'r is a peace of !@#$...

    is it made in the rod box or in the center of boat ...

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    Re: Customization (flexpress)

    It is made in the rod locker.
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    Re: Customization (jr225ho)

    mine is a 98 21xd 225 merc ...I'm gonna try build me one like that ...

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    Re: Customization (jr225ho)

    HOW LONG R THE TUBES

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    Re: Customization (KCADGEO)

    I had issues with the rods getting tangled in my X-70, too. Here is what I built out of 1/2" plywood laying around the house. I used cardboard for a template of the front and back to measure my only rod locker, which is kind of small. I was able to get 8 rods into this setup.

    Carpet: $1 at Lowe's ( 50 cents for 6 ft by 1 foot, thus, 2 ft by 6 ft wide= $1)

    Cheap hot glue gun at Lowe's: $3 including 3 sticks,enough for the job

    Contact cement: $6

    Rod butt grommets off Ebay: $20 -2 for $5, bought 4 sets

    L brackets: $6 at Ace hardware, screws included

    golf tubes at Dick's: $12 -$1.50 a piece/bought 8 tubes

    Total cost: $50










    I hot glued the tubes in the front in, thanks to the great tips I got on this site. The grommets I looked long and hard for, the are made of a split rubber and kind of reminds me of a thick whisker biscuit if any of you bowhunt, it is similar. I learned the hard way to account for the thickness of the carpet when making your measurements. It does affect the installation and I had to make 2 cuts,better than one short one though. Cut the carpet with a straight edge and a razor knife, and used a small speed square to make sure I had it looking right and not cockeyed.

    Hope this helps anyone trying to do it on their own boat,no matter what the brand. Any questions just ask me.

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    Re: Customization (Dave45)

    Cool idea i was wanting something similar on the X56 i just bought........

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    Re: Customization (jr225ho)

    Here is how i store my soft plastics. Thanks jr225 for the idea in the 1'' aluminum angle.
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    Modified by X17xpress at 11:42 PM 11/23/2009


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    Re: Customization (X17xpress)

    Here is some of the things i did on my H51.

    first is tilt wheel and blinker trim




    this is my faria guages,HDS5,hotfoot throttle,tilt wheel,and blinker trim.





    here is my jackplate,turbo prop,sidescan transducer on jackplate,and retractable tie downs.





    here is the Cook's go to tackle system.








    here is the motorguide tour 82 and HDS10 with sidescan.





    here is the bluewater leds.












    keelshield





    onboard charger.




    here is a couple of screenshots of the HDS10 with s.s.
    note the tire in the right side scan on the first one.








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    Re: Customization (Dave45)

    Thanks for the idea man, here is how mines came out my rod box is narrow so I could only squeeze 5..........










    Modified by Hogghuntin at 7:55 PM 6/24/2010

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    Re: Customization (Hogghuntin)

    Looks Good Jared

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    Re: Customization (Hogghuntin)

    Good job Slack!!


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    Re: Customization (HOSS633)

    nice
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