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  • EZ-Steer Bracket for Electric Trolling Motor

    Has anyone seen an ez-steer bracket for an electric trolling motor? I am trying to think of a way to do this. My Minn Kota's shaft is approximately 1.25" (looked to be 28mm's or 1.15"). I googled for a long time and didn't find anything that was worth spending money on. I think the X-Clamp by Rugged Ridge was close but again, not worth spending the money on if it didn't work. I am thinking maybe I should make a wood bracket something similar to this;Click image for larger version

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    Pardon the crude drawing.

    I searched bicycle clamps with little success.
    I tried google searching iboats forums for something.
    I also considered the folbe railing clamps but they seem to be for 1" railings.

    Any thoughts would be helpful.

    (Hopefully I'm in the appropriate forum section)
    Last edited by Pusher; June 6th, 2017, 10:24 PM.
    A foolish consistence is the hobgoblin of little minds
    1971 17' Bellboy Rebuild - http://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...l-boy-runabout
    Ez Steer to Minn Kota trolling bracket -
    brack://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...trolling-motor

  • #2
    This is very similar to what I was hoping for... only this is a John Deere tractor part

    and costs $100
    A foolish consistence is the hobgoblin of little minds
    1971 17' Bellboy Rebuild - http://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...l-boy-runabout
    Ez Steer to Minn Kota trolling bracket -
    brack://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...trolling-motor

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    • #3
      It's amazing how unproductive searching by phone is. I found this in about 10 minutes and it might just be the ticket.

      If anyone has seen other options or has ideas I'd love to get them. I am hoping to buy install and try it out this weekend.
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      A foolish consistence is the hobgoblin of little minds
      1971 17' Bellboy Rebuild - http://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...l-boy-runabout
      Ez Steer to Minn Kota trolling bracket -
      brack://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...trolling-motor

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      • #4
        Pusher, I would love to try and help. But honestly I don't exactly know what you are looking for. I guess my brain isn't understand what you are trying to find and why.

        Are you looking for something that would bolt on your present Trolling Motor handle to allow you to add a longer handle to?
        Tom Boy Boat Project https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...s-what-trailer
        Rebuilt trailer project https://forums.iboats.com/forum/gener...r-back-to-life
        '76 40 HP Johnson rebuild https://forums.iboats.com/forum/engin...mplete-rebuild
        Minn Kota 599 Project https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...ta-599-project

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        • #5
          Not quite. I have the handle extension for the backwater sloughs. An EzSteer bracket is an adjustable rod that connects the main and kicker motor together using quick connect air hose fittings which allows you to steer both motors from the helm in unison.

          The kit is like $250.

          The catch is that they don't make a quick connect bracket that mounts to the electric trolling motor shafts.

          I guilted myself into the X-Clamp and will post a pic if successful. Suggestions are still welcome! This may be a failure :-)
          A foolish consistence is the hobgoblin of little minds
          1971 17' Bellboy Rebuild - http://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...l-boy-runabout
          Ez Steer to Minn Kota trolling bracket -
          brack://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...trolling-motor

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          • #6
            Well the X-Clamp arrived and I am mostly finished with the first round fitting. I have to make a hardware run tomorrow after work. Here's what I have so far.

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            As a result of all this adjusting I realized I need to adjust my steering arm on the main to get it center on the boat. I guess I should have counted the steering wheel rotations and reversed half of the turns back to see if the motor was pointed straight. Lesson learned
            A foolish consistence is the hobgoblin of little minds
            1971 17' Bellboy Rebuild - http://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...l-boy-runabout
            Ez Steer to Minn Kota trolling bracket -
            brack://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...trolling-motor

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            • #7
              Looks like a good setup to me. Just make certain when you turn to the max to either side, that the props don't interferes with the other or the casings. If they clear, no problems.
              Tom Boy Boat Project https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat...s-what-trailer
              Rebuilt trailer project https://forums.iboats.com/forum/gener...r-back-to-life
              '76 40 HP Johnson rebuild https://forums.iboats.com/forum/engin...mplete-rebuild
              Minn Kota 599 Project https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...ta-599-project

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              • #8
                Thanks GM, I kept your advice in mind while fabing up the aluminum plate.
                I have finished and am quite happy with the $45 product. I'll hopefully test it out this weekend, but the Missus fractured her knee cap in a moment of haste so we'll see.

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                A foolish consistence is the hobgoblin of little minds
                1971 17' Bellboy Rebuild - http://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...l-boy-runabout
                Ez Steer to Minn Kota trolling bracket -
                brack://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...trolling-motor

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                • #9
                  Sign up today
                  If anyone wants to know the costs, here's what I have in it.

                  $20.00 Ruged Ridge X-Clamp 1.25" - 2.00"
                  $12.33 Aluminum Plate 1/4' x 2" x 2' (You could easily do this with a 1 foot plate)
                  $7.99 Air Nozzel 1/4 CPL x 3/8 FNPT
                  $2.49 Air Nozzel Neck Down 3/8 x 1/8 BRS Hex Bushing
                  Fuel Filler Neck as a bushing
                  $5.23 Hardware including the air nozzel
                  $48.04 Total



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                  A foolish consistence is the hobgoblin of little minds
                  1971 17' Bellboy Rebuild - http://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...l-boy-runabout
                  Ez Steer to Minn Kota trolling bracket -
                  brack://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...trolling-motor

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