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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:59 pm 
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My 79520604 kit only had two replacement hinges. Anyone else experience this?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:01 pm 
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Easiest method: spray WD-40 inside the Aka tube to loosen everything up _ remove 4 screws. A pair of Harbor Freight 11" long reach 45 degree offset needle nose pliers (#39537 - $3.99) allows you to reach into the Aka tube and compress the spring assembly, and the 'buttons' and then slide the entire assembly out.

To install new aka spring assembly: position it just inside the aka tube and slowly slide in (using a small block of wood) until the 'buttons' snap into place.

Reinstall 4 screws.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:00 am 
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scc wrote:
My 79520604 kit only had two replacement hinges. Anyone else experience this?


You get that info to your dealer? That would be odd.

I checked here. All of our stock is sets of 4.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:46 am 
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I just received my parts.

A big shout out to Gabby at Austin Kayak Customer Service for getting them ordered and shipped to me.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:49 am 
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mmiller wrote:
scc wrote:
My 79520604 kit only had two replacement hinges. Anyone else experience this?


You get that info to your dealer? That would be odd.

I checked here. All of our stock is sets of 4.


Matt,

You're right. I apologize. Everything is so tightly packed and it looks like there are only two springs... I'm an idiot!


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:16 am 
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My Dealer is dissatisfied with the Upgrade's screw-snapping and fitting problems, "..there has to be a better way..", and has advised me to wait in case Hobie gets the wrinkles out, since my AI2 is a lucky one that does not shed AMA's, yet. I agree with his expert opinion as an Engineer and lifelong Yachtsman. The kit is on the shelf for me no matter what transpires.

Since I have Four Months of Chemo to get through first there is no hurry.

I will not Reply to naysayers so flame away, my mind is made up.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:48 pm 
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skymax wrote:
My Dealer is dissatisfied with the Upgrade's screw-snapping and fitting problems, "..there has to be a better way..", and has advised me to wait in case Hobie gets the wrinkles out, since my AI2 is a lucky one that does not shed AMA's, yet. I agree with his expert opinion as an Engineer and lifelong Yachtsman. The kit is on the shelf for me no matter what transpires.

Since I have Four Months of Chemo to get through first there is no hurry.

I will not Reply to naysayers so flame away, my mind is made up.

I too am off the water (my five spinal operations and four months in hospital have cost my health fund over $300k so far this year), but I collect parts in my (hopeful) eventual relaunch.

A friend of mine with an AI2 fitted one corner with the new parts, and claimed that the force required to ENGAGE the locking mechanism was too high.

I am currently thinking of keeping the upgrade in its bag to present to the next owner of my 2012 TI, and I will continue to rely on 1000# dyeema safety lines (props to kayakingBob) to prevent unexpected detachment of an aka....

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:35 am 
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I'm sorry to hear that Tony, I know that you are worse off than me and I admire you're determination in recent years to keep Sailing despite you're health difficulties. If only we could afford slaves to haul our 100Kg+ plus boats in to the water for us it would not be so exhausting.

But I know that you are not a quitter and are already only thinking about getting that pimped AI of yours back in the water.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:37 am 
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Thanks mate, and I hope you too are soon well on the mend. My stuff was simply nuts and bolts.....

(PS just saw the statement for my last operation, $88K not including the doctors or the road or air ambulances! So the total must be about $400K (half being for titanium parts!). Thank goodness for health funds and the Australian medical system!)

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:42 am 
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Just finished the upgrade on my 2011 Tandem Islander.
Removing the AKA knuckle lock plates can be difficult and result in broken screws, here is how I got mine out.
All mine were seized, this method removed them with no sheared heads or damaged threads.
First you remove the plastic lock plates with a pair of side cutters and pliers, they break off fairly easily.
Next, using a heat gun, heat each screw head in turn. They need to be really hot, I measured the temp using a laser thermometer and got a max reading of 350 degrees C. Takes up to a minute with the heat gun 2 cm from the screw head to get them this hot.
Now while hot, use a screwdriver to wiggle the head back and forth, shouldn't take much effort to remove them, if the screw is still tight, heat it more. My screws took on a brown tinge when they got hot enough. You won't damage the metal parts with the heat gun, it isn't hot enough for that.
I applied grease to the threads when the screws went back in to help stop corrosion.
Having a 6-32 UNC tap to clean the threads out helps when reinstalling the screws.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:37 am 
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Awesome! Thanks for the tip!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:07 pm 
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Matt, I ordered the replacement kits on Dec. It's back order on the furling drum.
When is the ETA on that ?


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:28 pm 
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Currently shows late January.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:32 pm 
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mmiller wrote:
Currently shows late January.


Great thanks.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:45 pm 
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Hi Matt,

I bought 2017 AI last Nov 2017. Question is Am i eligible to get this MD180 free update. What is this update and what is the product code?

I think Appottomax River Virginia only requested two updates for me. The aka lock kit and the furl kit. I already received the Aka lock kit and currently waiting for the furl kit.Can you also add this MD180 free updates if you think im eligible.

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