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Bigsmitty

Installing T8 Yamaha kicker

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I just purchased this kicker. I want to put it on my Crestliner Super Hawk. Is this a do it yourself job or should I hire an expert? I'm pretty mechanical. Never did this one before though. Im wondering about the controls for it. Do I install another control box behind the one for my 115hp? What do most people do? I dont think I have room for a dual binnacle control. Any advice would be appreciated.

Also, anyone know a good place to get the controls,cables etc.

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My controls are below the main ones. The pivot is almost on the ground. It works pretty good. I am curious what made you buy the rmote version rather than the tiller. I currently have the remote and would like to have the tiller. The lack of turning radius is the main reason.

Good luck, Kidwalleye

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Its not that hard to rig the kicker. Just place the control box where you can reach it from your seat comfortably. Usually I placed them below and a bit behind the main motor control. As far as steering goes, tie it to your main motor with a quick detachable rod. Make sure you have enough room for the main motor to turn to its limits before you link the two. Thats the only tricky part.

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Why the quick detachable rod? Is there a reason why I would want to detach it? As for going with the remote version, i do quite a bit of trolling in rainy nasty weather and Its nice to be under my canopy. Besides I do more finesse jigging and rigging with my bow mount autopilot.

Thanks for the input!

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Smitty; the reason for a detatchable rod is for when you arent using the kicker. Its just a whole lot of extra effort to be steering that also when its in the up position. Long trips down a big lake or skiing or tubing would be examples. I rigged boats for years and always mounted an extra ball for the quick detatch in the splash pan to hook the kicker steering rod on when you arent using it.

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Smitty, be sure to check out Ebay for your controls - you can pick up a brand new set for about $100 as opposed to 250+ at the dealership (for recessed controls anyway).

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