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#1 vpcirc

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 08:19 PM

I could not find a ready made adapter to do a permanent pier mount for my Vixen SXD. I decided to venture out on my own to figure it out. The first step was to buy a Vixen half pillar. I drilled 3 holes in the bottom to accommodate J-bolts to anchor into the concrete.

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 08:23 PM

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#3 vpcirc

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 08:24 PM

Concrete pour

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 08:25 PM

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 08:27 PM

initial leveling

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 08:28 PM

Half pillar in place. I'll post the final view once it's dry with the mount attached/

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 10:52 PM

nice job! :)

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 11:50 PM

I am having a flat plate cut to match the bottom of the 1/2 pillar. It's impossible to use hefty enough anchor bolts and be able to tighten them for leveling from the bottom. Also, almost blew it by not positioning the unit to face north. Thank God I remembered before it was too late.

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 01:01 PM

Finished!!!
I haven't organized the wire jungle yet!

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#10 Chris Schroeder

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 11:37 AM

Looks great :goodjob:

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Posted 24 April 2011 - 08:36 PM

3 months later still level and stable

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 08:38 PM

I wanted to revive this thread, since I just finished a permanent pier for the SX/SXD myself..

I took a different approach than the OP, designing and milling my own adapter plate. Cost differences were negligible.. but not everyone has free access to a retired Uncle with a 3axis milling machine in his basement ;)

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 08:30 AM

Wow!! Just so pretty and super functional.

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 09:13 AM

Looks much nicer than my adapter plate!!
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Posted 22 September 2011 - 09:14 AM

And mounted

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 12:31 PM

And mounted


That is one beefy hunk of steel youve got there.. the thing by itself must weigh 60+ lbs.. Looks like the cavity was cut open with a torch too.. Classy :p

#17 jerryyyyy

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 11:05 AM

Very helpful.

#18 David Pavlich

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:04 PM

I see some terrific work here! My kingdom for a milling machine and lathe. :grin:

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