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MK Riptide lift assist retrofit


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I have a 24 v MK riptide with iPilot. Works great and all I need. My back and balance on the bow makes deploying and stowing the TM difficult, as I get older. My SO gave permission to get an auto deploy/stow Ulterra, but at $2-3k, I’m looking into “lift assist” as a less expensive alternative.

Question..... does lift assist work well?

Question.... does MK make/offer a retrofit kit? Can’t find on the web, and MK is closed for Corona, at least they have stopped shipments and working from home.


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The shaft on the lift assist has a indented track for the spring steel to slide in, so a retro  fit would depend on shaft shape.

As to weather it  helps the answer is YES. I can tell a big difference when I lift it to deploy.  With all I hear about  self  deploy I would opt for lift assist.

Word on the street is that  all Johnson control is shut down, some say thru the summer but that doesn't  seem  practical. 

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