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    Supreme S238

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  1. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do. Just for my own curiosity, what did they charge you for the job?
  2. So the other night we got home late from the lake after being out pretty much all day, the sun was already down and I was beat. I pull up to the house, disconnected the boat from my truck and go to pull away, I hear a clunk and feel a small jerk. I immediately stop. I walk to the back to see this still hanging from my hitch......... Yup, I forgot to disconnect the boat trailer emergency brake cable! Now the way my mind works is a two part process, first, it was a string of curse words that if heard out load would make a sailor blush. Second, I questioned how much money my self inflicting wound just cost me. Luckily through the power of the internet it actually was a very cheap learning experience. You can buy just the cable for around $13 but the catch is its almost $10 for shipping so I just hit up my local boat shop and bought a kit for under $30 which comes with a new cable, clip, and attachment plate. Now, I can only assume most of us are running some type of UFP hitch on our trailers. If you're not sure, they will be labeled just like this. UFP is the make and my particular hitch is model A-84. Google that and all your replacement parts will come up. As you can see this particular cable kit I bought covers multiple models The hitch is actually a pretty simple system. Trailer braking is controlled by the actuator mounted on the tongue of the trailer. When the tow vehicle brakes are applied, the “surge” or “push” of the trailer toward the tow vehicle automatically applies and synchronizes the trailer brakes with the tow vehicle brakes. The coupler slides into the actuator applying force to a piston inside of a master cylinder, which applies the trailer brake.At constant speed, the brake actuator master cylinder piston is in the free (extended) position; and the trailer brakes are not applied. The shock absorber controls random application of the trailer brakes when towing on rough roads. When the tow vehicle slows down, the trailer moves toward the tow vehicle. The actuator slides over the coupler, applying force to the master cylinder piston in direct proportion to how fast the tow vehicle is slowing and how much the trailer weighs. The piston moves into the master cylinder, building pressure to apply the trailer brakes. The shock absorber makes sure the brakes are applied and released smoothly. All actuators must have a way to apply the trailer brakes should the trailer become completely detached from the towing vehicle. The breakaway cable is the third line of defense after trailer separation. Before the breakaway cable is pulled, the coupler must become detached from the hitch ball and then the safety chains must fail. At this time the breakaway cable is pulled which will apply a braking force to the trailer. Note: The breakaway system is not intended to lock up the trailer brakes after tow vehicle separation but rather to apply just enough braking force to keep the trailer from free-wheeling down the road. The breakaway system must be reset manually after it has been activated. So with all that being said its time to get dirty! Before you begin you will need a pair of snap ring (circlips) pliers, without them you will not be able to even start this job. Here is what you're up against..... First order of business is to remove the two snap rings (circlips) from both pins. Once the snap rings are removed you need to pull both roll pins out. Once the pins are pulled you can pull on the hitch receiver mount to separate the inner member from the neck, exposing the internal workings such as the shock absorber, master cylinder and such. Now this little guy is the best thing invented since sliced bread, this is the electronic reversing solenoid, Its sole purpose is to allow you to back up without the brakes locking up. If you've ever tried to back your trailer up without having the plug in your rig then you know what I'm talking about. If you don't have one of these little buggers then you will have to use a lock out key or plug. The purpose of a lock out key is to fit behind the front sliding roll pin to "lock it out" from sliding back and engaging your brakes while reversing. it is also suggested to use even with the reversing solenoid when backing over soft ground or up an incline without the brakes fully engaging. The plug is just that, a plug that goes in your master cylinder reservoir and accomplishes the same results. Once you separate the inner member from the neck you can separate the pushrod assembly from both the master cylinder and the safety release bracket and pull the cable attachment bracket off and replace it with the new one. Yours may or may not be broken or distorted, mine was not but I elected to replace it anyway. After you replace the cable attachment bracket and connect the cable you can start to assemble everything. When inserting the push rod into the push bracket you have to depress press the safety release bracket to allow the push rod to slide in. The correct orientation of the clip is to face it so the cable pulls towards the boat first then loops back around to either stick out the front or side of the trailer hitch. About the only problem I ran into was once I separated the inner member from the neck these plastic spacers became dislodged and was a mother to get back in position when reassembling. They fit in a recessed area on the master cylinder at the rear pin area and are next to impossible to place while sliding the inner member past them. The correct orientation is smaller flange towards the master cylinder. Honestly its not that big or hard of a job. Maybe a touch intimidating because nobody wants to tear into their braking system of their trailer and mess it up, but it seriously took me all of 20 minutes to complete, and 15 of that was trying to line up those plastic spacers!
  3. I would greatly appreciate that. As of right now i have the spoken word of the dealership hunting down a PDF version as well. Upon calling Supreme customer support directly this morning i was advised to contact PCM Pleasure Craft Engine Group. I have looked on their web site and low and behold they have all the PDF versions but none are matching the leaflet that came with my boat. I was really hoping there was something similar to a Chiltons manual out there somewhere.
  4. Has anybody gotten their hands on a repair or maintenance manual for the Supreme crusader engines? Does such a thing exist? I have the cheesy photocopied less then ideal pictures that came with the owners manual but there has to be something better out there, either from the manufacturer or an independent publisher I would think.......
  5. Let's See Your Rides

    Cameron, When we bought the boat in August of last year she had just finished up being the official tow boat for the NW Wake Surf Open sponsored by Supreme Boats in Monroe, Wa. The boat had been outfitted with a new custom built upgraded wake makers ballast system. I want to say off the top of my head they are 750s in the rear and 500s under the benches, all plumbed in tandem which makes filling and dumping a breeze. All the timers were custom set as well as the perfect pass speed. It was set up for the pros to compete with, thats all I meant by pro upgrades settings. So far its been a blast to have!
  6. With spring on the horizon and temps rising I've been thinking a lot of what needs to be done to summerize my 2017 S238. I see numerous write ups on winterizing but none on summerizing, a lot of people put their boat to bed in the winter turn key for summer but after calling the dealership to get a run down on what they do to summerize and the price they charge I'm a bit sticker shocked. My local dealership wants damn near $700 to change the fuel filter, cap and rotor, and change out the impeller. I'm sure there were a few more things in there but I pretty much tuned out after hearing labor is $170 an hour. So with that being said, what y'all do to your babies to get ready for boating season?
  7. Cover

    my plan exactly
  8. Cover

    I have been eyeballing the Sew Long double up custom cover that goes up and over the tower https://www.sewlong.com/portfolio/double-storage-cover/ I have been in contact with them recently and for my 2017 S238 it was around $1800 and 5-7 days lead-time
  9. Well Bakes was a bust. The guy at the counter didn't even know what i was talking about, i basically had to school him up on the subject. All he could offer me was to get a hold of the supreme dealership and try to order one. My next stop is a fab shop i guess
  10. upon further investigation i found these pictures of a project on the malibu forums. The pans that come on the malibus are apparently plastic and depending on which way you choose to go, Bakes sells the plastic ones according to their forum. https://www.bakesmarine.com/. As luck would have it i just happen to be headed there today for some other things and i shall keep y'all posted on what i find out.
  11. very interested in this thread, has anyone made any headway on the pan in the off season?
  12. GM HD tow vehicle

    2013 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD 6.6L Dirtymax Diesel. Wheels & Tires: 37x22x13.5 16MPG while towing, 12.8 MPG over the Cascade Mountain Range at 3022' elevation gain 7000+ lbs payload 17500lbs tow capacity 90% of the time I don't even know the boats back there!
  13. Relax fellas, my boat was winterized back in September. The reason for the questions is I'm trying to get a feel for what tricks people do to winterize their boats, granted different regions of the country warrant different measures of course but I see a fair amount of people are from the Pacific Northwest. Ive heard of the lightbulb trick to keep mildew and mold to a minimum inside the cabin area but haven't heard of an engine bay heater as the sole insurance to not freezing up the block. And as far as the earlier antifreeze question, it was asked to me once so I passed it on for a more in depth response.
  14. So if I'm understanding this correctly, you can simply throw one of these bad boys in your engine bay and skip the winterization portion of draining the block? The only thing you would have to do is blow out the heater core?
  15. Let's See Your Rides

    Yes sir, these were the official tow boats of the 2017 NW Wakesurf Championships. I was lucky enough to pick up the red one with all the pro upgrades and settings!

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