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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:21 pm 
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Ok, this one is for the top experts in this forum :)

I know the last major change Folbot introduced to the G2 was to switch to aluminum cross frames. What minor changes were introduced thereafter and in approximately what year? For example, what separates a 2006 G2 from a 2016 G2?

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:00 am 
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After the introduction of aluminum crossribs in 2003, the only major changes to the GII that I am aware of were to the hull. A friend has a 2004 GII with a rougher feeling Hypalon hull than earlier years. I call it sharkskin. I have a 2007 GII, also with sharkskin. I believe 2004 was the first year for this hull material, though the change may have been made during the model year. I have a 2003 Aleut and a 2003 Yukon, both with aluminum crossribs and the smoother Hypalon.

Perhaps 2008?, after Phil Cotton sold the company anyway, Elvaloy became the hull material. About that time the logo changed to the black and white version.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:33 am 
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Thanks Tim. I appreciate the details.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:03 pm 
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My 2004 GII has all AL crossframes and the smooth-finish Hypalon hull.

My 2008 Kodiak has the later Hypalon with a rougher finish which does not hold stickers or decals at all. That later Hypalon was a different weight as well. I can't remember off hand what it was. I might be able to find it in an old email but not right now.

By 2008 Folbot was using SS nuts and bolts to connect most parts instead of AL pop-rivets. I removed all those SS bolts in my brand new Kodiak and replaced them with pop-rivets because the nuts protruded above the crossframe tubing and made it hard to slide dry bags through the frames to storage space bow and stern.

A more major change:
In 2005 the clips (connectors) on the bottom of the crossframes were changed from AL to SS because of a problem with the ends bending and the clip popping out of the slot in the polycarbonate keel plate.
The molded poly keel plates were also changed to make the slot for the crossframe clip more narrow, also to prevent the clip popping out of the slot.
Here's the whole story.
http://jeeps-folbots-etc.co.nf/folbot/m ... e_fix.html

Near the end of Folbot, I saw some indication that the rudder mounting system had changed as well, but have no pictures to verify that.

That's all I can think of now.

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