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JBG777 posted 01-29-2012 03:58 PM ET (US)   Profile for JBG777   Send Email to JBG777  
[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

contender posted 01-29-2012 06:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
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
jimh posted 01-29-2012 10:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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.

jimh posted 01-29-2012 10:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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.

JBG777 posted 01-30-2012 08:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for JBG777  Send Email to JBG777     
Sorry my reference is should be about the [ICON] guages and not controls.
jimh posted 01-30-2012 09:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
ICON gauges are discussed in detail in my article in the REFERENCE section:

ICON Gauges for E-TEC

jimh posted 01-30-2012 09:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
jimh posted 01-30-2012 09:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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.
JBG777 posted 01-30-2012 09:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for JBG777  Send Email to JBG777     
Jim--Thanks! As always, you are a tremendous help. Joe
seahorse posted 01-30-2012 06:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for seahorse  Send Email to seahorse     
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.
jimh posted 01-31-2012 08:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Joe (JBG777)--Please contact me via email.
crabby posted 02-03-2012 01:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for crabby  Send Email to crabby     
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.
jimh posted 02-05-2012 05:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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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