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How To Install Flush-Mount Rod Holders?


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Just bought a quartet of RAM 2000 rod holders with flush mounts. Just wondering if there are any tips for installing them? I just plan on getting a hole saw in the correct size and using some screws? I'd prefer bolts but the places I plan on mounting them won't allow me access to the mounting areas. Will regular screws provide the holding power I need? Thanks guys!

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That'll work fine. It's best to use stainless screws or even galvanized self tappers so they don't rust. Keep the old saying "measure twice and cut once" in mind when installing them. Good Luck!

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I would mount where you know you can get a bolt with a fender washer under it. The mounts get extreme torque on them when pulling cranks. If you plan to just have it to drop the rod in while sitting then probably you will be ok. But actual trolling I think in time you will pull the screws out and you will be left with 3 holes and won't be able to get bolts to them still.

One other thing I would consider where maybe screws would work is there wood under the gunwale of the boat or is it just aluminum. My prov has both. If you are screwing into wood you have better chance of it working with just screws. Into just aluminum/fiberglass they will pull out.

Long term I would bolt them.

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