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 Post subject: Good Tow Bar??? Turbo Swing?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:56 pm 
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Anyone have a Turbo Swing? My local marina sells these but I'm not sure about them? I pull mostly tubers and wake boarders. I have a 20' Sweetwater with a 90hp Yamaha and I'm worried that this tow bar will still be too low to the water and that I won't be able to really get the tubers swinging with this rig. Looking for input folks. Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Good Tow Bar??? Turbo Swing?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:41 am 
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We use a booster ball from Sports Stuff connected to a harness that hooks to both lifting rings on the back of each tube. Works mint. For tubers at least.

http://www.sportsstuff.com/dyn_prod.php?p=SPT53-2030

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 Post subject: Re: Good Tow Bar??? Turbo Swing?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:05 am 
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I'm looking for something of the same. Just went on turbo swing website and they have a boosterball connected behind it!

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 Post subject: Re: Good Tow Bar??? Turbo Swing?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:41 am 
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We use the booster ball too and it works great. But what I'm trying to accomplish is not having the connection point be on the toons. It's a pain trying to keep the ropes out of the prop on a breezy day and having to crawl around the back of the pontoon to get everything attached/un-attached whenever we want to switch from cruising to tubing to wakeboarding.

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 Post subject: Re: Good Tow Bar??? Turbo Swing?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:11 am 
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Yep, another vote for the booster ball

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 Post subject: Re: Good Tow Bar??? Turbo Swing?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:16 am 
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holy good grief! are these prices real?
$1500
Turbo Swing GIANT - Ski Tow and Tubing Bar
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DESCRIPTION Turbo Swing GIANT Ski Tow and Tubing Tow Bar, Stainless Steel, Mounts on Outboard Motor Mounts - fits Up to 350 HP Outboard Style Engines. Fits on most models of most years, started using in 2012.


Turbo Swing XL - Ski Tow and Tubing Bar $1075
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DESCRIPTION Turbo Swing XL Ski Tow and Tubing Tow Bar, Stainless Steel, Mounts on Outboard Motor Mounts - fits Up to 140 HP Outboard Style Engines. Fits on most models of most years, started using in 2012.


Turbo Swing XXL - Ski Tow and Tubing Bar $1291
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DESCRIPTION Turbo Swing XXL Ski Tow and Tubing Tow Bar, Stainless Steel, Mounts on Outboard Motor Mounts - fits Up to 250 HP Outboard Style Engines. Fits on most models of most years, started using in 2012.

I went to their webpage and looked up the closest dealer
http://www.turboswing.com/usa/find+dealer/ (with a website)
Turned out to be
http://www.nisswamarine.com
218-963-2292
Brent
I told him I had a 90 hp on a Sweetwater 2086, he said I would need an XL
He has 1 in stock
good for 70-140hp $850
Installation would be another $90
For installation the bar uses 2 holes in the motor mount and then you have to drill 2 additional bolt holes in the transom
These units have been hard to keep in stock

He is the only one that has them, Premier is installing them 'factory direct', they come from the Netherlands
When I asked about he difference between using this and the pontoon tube eyelet lift holes, he said it was a little bit higher, but not much. He has been promoting, sportstuff turbo ball ($90) to keep the rope out of the water, he said it works good because it can 'roll' as the tube is swinging.

So then I tried a local dealership and completely struck out, not even a price estimate. He can get them, but he will not give me a price or a model number until I give him a VIN. He said he has to provide the VIN to the manufacturer so they can tell him which of their ski/tube bars will fit your hull configuration.
701-237-6049
McLaughlin's
http://fundealer.com
Troy
need VIN

I would try a Sweetwater dealer before ponying up for the Turbo Swing.
When I had this problem, I built my own. But in the process I was also provided with this link. This ebay seller has a few styles for sale for much less, about $230.
http://stlouis.ebayclassifieds.com/part ... ?ad=381186

good luck,
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 Post subject: Re: Good Tow Bar??? Turbo Swing?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 9:15 am 
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I bought a ski bar off of ebay about $250. I just drilled thru the floor of the deck and used stainless bolts to bolt it on. The supports did not line up perfect, but I bent them close to where I could mount ti to the floor.

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 Post subject: Re: Good Tow Bar??? Turbo Swing?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:38 am 
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For that kind of cash I'd go with the aftermarket wakeboard tower I posted about last week.

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 Post subject: Re: Good Tow Bar??? Turbo Swing?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 1:55 pm 
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The_Hellbilly wrote:
For that kind of cash I'd go with the aftermarket wakeboard tower I posted about last week.


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