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BOB KEMMLER JR posted 04-08-2002 04:28 PM ET (US)   Profile for BOB KEMMLER JR  
Im interested in a bracket with 10" of setback and a manuel height adjustment.I think im definatly going to swap my rage over.Im thinking around a 75hp 2 stroke.
lhg posted 04-08-2002 04:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
For my money, Springfield Marine makes the best one piece manual bracket on the market, and in 10" setback. About $275.

You might want to consider a 60HP engine instead. A Yamaha 70 would be a good light weight choice also.

JimH has mentioned that he's been intrigued with this kind of a conversion for some time.
Keep us posted on progress. I don't know of any that have been done yet. Clark Roberts may have some expert advice for you on this subject also.

BOB KEMMLER JR posted 04-08-2002 04:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for BOB KEMMLER JR    
I plan on taking lots of pictures.I already have a contact for glass and gelcoat work.The only thing im unsure of is the steering.Im not sure if im going to try and route a cable,or use a hydraulic setup.
Clark Roberts posted 04-09-2002 08:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Bob, be sure that the transom is very sound and strong... moving an engine back creates a cantilever and multiplys the weight putting some high stress on all hardware. Suggest you use two upper bolts on each side of bracket to transom mounting and use TWICE the transom backing you may think is needed. I'm not familiar with the hull bottom at stern but it needs to be smooth and free of any protrusions. Good luck and keep us posted! Clark.. Spruce Creek Navy
JohnAz posted 04-09-2002 11:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for JohnAz  Send Email to JohnAz     
I am working on a Jed Drive conversion, did transom alredy, Email me if you need advice, good luck
aa_mar posted 04-09-2002 03:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for aa_mar  Send Email to aa_mar     
I'm close to buying a rage, I know a lot of you guys don't like them! I would like to put a kicker motor on it (you guys have me paranoid about its reliablity). Can you share anything you learn with the overall conversion the may be helpfull in installing/choosing/locating/... a kicker!

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