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ICON Gauge Placement
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posted 01-29-2012 03:58 PM ET (US)
[Note: The author later clarified that his inquiry was about ICON gauges, not about Evinrude's ICON digital remote controls.--jimh]
I just purchased a 2012 E-TEC 90 for my 2004 Montauk, which is replacing a 90 Mercury 2-stroke. [Seeks] pictures or recommendations on placement of the new E-TEC digit controls. I truly appreciate the help and guidance. Regards--Joe
posted 01-29-2012 06:16 PM ET (US)
Joe this is all personal preference, put them were they are easy to get to and use. I would try to fill the hole left by the other brands controls. If they are/have a smaller foot print, you may want to make a wood/teak/starboard mounting block for the controls, this would raise them some and you can make it any size (need to cover the older hole)...Good luck PS teak looks nice
posted 01-29-2012 10:21 PM ET (US)
You have an E-TEC 90 with ICON electronic controls? I did not realize they were available for that model.
I re-fitted by boat with ICON controls last summer. The ICON controls have a smaller footprint than the typical mechanical controls. BRP offers a mounting plate that will usually cover the old holes. I just mounted my ICON controls where the old mechanical controls were. The mounting plate is available in off-white and pure white. Pure white should be a good match for a 2004 MONTAUK 170. If you have a classic MONTAUK, get the off-white mounting plate.
ICON controls requires a separate ignition key and safety lanyard. Due to the cable lengths, this will have to be mounted close to the throttle and shift controls. You will have to cut a rectangular opening in the dash or console to accommodate the key switch assembly. It has a nice escutcheon that will cover the ragged edge of the cut. When cutting the console laminate, watch out for damage to existing controls and the wiring behind the panel.
The ICON network hub at the helm can be mounted under the console where convenient. The ICON network hub at the transom should be protected against water and splashing. You will have to invent some method to keep water away from it.
posted 01-29-2012 10:50 PM ET (US)
I just checked the Evinrude website. I can't find any mention of ICON digital remote controls being available on an E-TEC 90-HP.
Please explain what sort of digital remote controls you are trying to install.
posted 01-30-2012 08:15 AM ET (US)
Sorry my reference is should be about the [ICON] guages and not controls.
posted 01-30-2012 09:13 AM ET (US)
ICON gauges are discussed in detail in my article in the REFERENCE section:
ICON Gauges for E-TEC
posted 01-30-2012 09:20 AM ET (US)
[Moved to SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL.]
posted 01-30-2012 09:21 AM ET (US)
The ICON gauge instruments are the same diameter, 2-inch and 3.5-inch, as most previous conventional gauges, and ICON gauges should fit into existing holes in a dashboard that were used for conventional gauges. This should make re-fitting with ICON gauges quite easy.
posted 01-30-2012 09:40 AM ET (US)
Jim--Thanks! As always, you are a tremendous help. Joe
posted 01-30-2012 06:22 PM ET (US)
ICON gauges can be obtained in the 5" size for the tach and speedo. They have a larger digital screen for more information display than the 3.5" gauges have.
posted 01-31-2012 08:58 AM ET (US)
Joe (JBG777)--Please contact me via email.
posted 02-03-2012 01:35 PM ET (US)
If you have a depth finder or chart plotter that can talk NMEA-2000 you may find that you can place the info from the E-Tec on your screen in a much more useful fashion than the BRP guages allow. Just get a single BRP guage for those times when you don't have the other display on board.
posted 02-05-2012 05:05 PM ET (US)
For information and illustrations of installation of Evinrude ICON controls, see my recently published article on that topic at
ICON Controls for E-TEC
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