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Old 09-20-2018, 12:10 AM   #41
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Call Nancy at SMB North and SHE will answer the phone and sell you the parts you need...they ALWAYS answer! Open six days a week too...dam* those midwestern work ethics and values eh!?!
Ps bent our once $500, thought we bent it 2nd time and Jim came to the cafe (downtown a block from shop) and said no bend!! What luck! Good luck with yours!

Pss we always say VERBALLY (helps our memory etc) TOUCHED HOOK ONE, and I repeat, TOUCHED HOOK TWO...etc...seems ridiculous but it works and relieves the paranoia of bending it again from pure stupidity and spacing out

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Old 10-07-2019, 07:34 AM   #42
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Many thanks. I recently had one of my hooks catch (after I thought I had carefully made sure it was free). I will try this and if I am not strong enough to do it, seek help.

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Old 10-07-2019, 05:51 PM   #43
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I've had them catch more than once. I have a manual top so mostly it just causes unexpected strain on my back, in my case. I've found that if I move the hook mechanism to the latched position, and set the hook on *top* of the latch plate, they won't catch. It's when they're left dangling and swinging around that it can happen.
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Old 11-15-2019, 02:15 PM   #44
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Ace you've saved my marriage!!! My wife accidentally lifted the top not noticing the hook in the front right rehooked itself.....uuuuuuh. It took her four days to finally tell me what had happened. This photo of your remedy is wonderful. I had visions of me going back to Sportsmobile and having to buy a replacement for big bucks... Thanks again for a quick diy fix.
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Old 04-06-2020, 01:44 PM   #45
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What diameter u-bolts are those? 3/8 x 6" maybe?
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Old 04-06-2020, 06:04 PM   #46
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What diameter u-bolts are those? 3/8 x 6" maybe?
the ones in post #38 are 7/16". 3/8" probably would have works but used what was on hand. two 5", a 4" & 7".
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Old 10-02-2020, 09:33 AM   #47
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I find that with a regular body model, a standard Hi-lift mast is too long - looking for a shorter I-beam now ...

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