I decided to inspect the tie downs on my brand new Octane and discovered a few questionable items. I pulled the underbelly cover and this is what I found.
¼”-20 self-tapping style screws that were bore directly into fairly thin plates below. One even had a piece of wire to help it grab bite... jeeze.
The old hardware was already starting to corrode so I replaced everything with new stainless hardware. I added washers and nuts to the bottom side to keep the bolts from pulling through.
Hopefully this will help others and keep everyone's toys safe!
See pics below...
Check out that bolt being held tight with a piece of wire!
Self tapping style bolts can pull out of thin metal.
New hardware installed. Washers and nuts added to bottom side.