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    Minn Kota direction adjustment
from Dg (68.191.98.122)  
1/1/2008 9:31:00 AM

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 I have a foot controlled MK 65 All Terrain and I need to adjust the way the foot points when stowed by 180 degrees. How do I go about making the adjustment?


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   Mk from jiggin (24.118.75.224)  1/1/2008 9:35:00 AM
 Just turn the motor.


   Be careful from Spook (24.117.181.97)  1/1/2008 10:15:00 AM
 Above should normally work. Just be be careful not to turn the head so much as to put your foot in a bind forward or back when stowed as to make the foot put the cables in a bind. Also remember that turning the head will slightly change the direction the motor runs with the present foot inclination. Usually not enough of a problem to matter. If the cables on the MK65 are like the MAXUM 74 you can take the top cover off and adjust the cables to a different direction. You just take off the top cover, pull the cable gear straight up, turn and replace it where you want it. I would call Josh at Foster's for exact directions. He is always happy to help.


   do this from Beartrap  1/1/2008 3:20:00 PM
 drop trolling motor over the front of boat,loosen the head on the shaft,turn trolling motor head until it is pointed straight in front of the boat and your foot pedal level.....tighten head back on the shaft.........this way you can tell where the trolling motor is pointed by position of your foot on the pedal,you don't have to look at the arrow and the trolling motor stow will stow correctly...


   Warning!!! from Mark Richards (98.199.150.17)  1/1/2008 3:27:00 PM
 Ok, I have done this quite a few times so take heed, I am not familiar with the MK65 but I am sure the principal is the same on all of these motors..

Take off the top half of the plastic head and look on the center shaft. Your two foot control wires wrap around a plastic spool which sits on the shaft with a spline fit.

If you have not done this before, get a pad and pencil and draw the way the wires come in, lay and attach in that plastic spool - because when you pull it off, if they come off you will be scratching your head wondering what the hell you did. You can figure it out but why think if you don't have to, its not as simple as it sounds because spool rotates, the wires wrap round and round etc..

Slack your cable tension adjustment screw in the footpedal all the way off, then what you have to do is slide that plastic spool off, and rotate it until you have the right position. The object of this, is to have the motor set pointing straight ahead, with your footpedal in the middle incline position, so you have full travel in each direction up and down.

When you do this, you have to be aware that with the cables loose, they can come off the cams in the footpedal if you don't keep tension on them.

Good luck.


   why would you take the trolling motor head off ???? from Beartrap  1/1/2008 4:17:00 PM
 that's why you have that butterfly adjustment right below the trolling motor head on the shaft....


   footpedal alignment from UpNorth (24.197.198.85)  1/1/2008 10:08:00 PM
 Mark was correct. Let me just reiterate in different words.

Take off the top cover. Loosen the cable tension (on pedal directly below where the cables go into the footpedal). Slide the spool directly up off the splined pinion gear assembly. (You can tape it so the cable don't pop off the spool.) Align lower unit so it is pointing straight forward. Align the pedal to be flat. Then slide the spool with cables still attached directly back onto the splines. Put the directional arrow back on temporarily to make sure you will be able to have the pointer directly in line with the lower unit. You may have slide the idler gear cogs a tooth or two to ensure pointer will align with lower unit. When you are happy, then pull lift the pointer off, put on the cover, snap the pointer back in, and re-tighten cable steering tension.


   Beartrap, the problem from RyanC/LanierSpots  1/2/2008 9:32:00 AM
 with just turning it on the mount is, you will bind the cables and they will not lay correctly. Mark is correct. I am very picky about how the foot pedal sits and I adjust everyone of mine. Make sure to back off on teh tension screw on the foot pedal to make it easier to lift and reset the cable gear on the spline. Make sure to tighten it back up after the repair. You should always keep the tension tight on the cables when using the motor. If not, you will damage the cables.

LanierSpots
Phone: 770-356-4136
Email: ryan@lanierspots.com

   never noticed any binding or looseness from Beartrap  1/2/2008 10:32:00 AM
 nor any problems with stowing the motor(MK 74lb Maxxum) with the trolling motor pointed straight ahead when foot pedal is level......have to readjust the motor head sometimes if I have been in some rough water and bounced the head around......are you talking about aligning the arrow with where the motor is pointing?...if so,discount what I've said because i have no idea where my arrow is pointing-quit fooling with those arrows years ago....


   Thanks from Dg (68.191.98.122)  1/2/2008 7:07:00 PM
 Thanks guys, UpNorth explained essentially what I was needing. I've just gone from a hand controlled motor to a foot controlled. The previous owner had the top of the motor oriented where the cables laid across the deck when the motor was stowed, I wanted to turn it 180 degrees so the cable laid under the TM bracket with the head to the outside of the boat. Hope that explains it.


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