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kicker mounting on 99 outrage 17
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posted 06-27-2005 05:46 PM ET (US)
hi and thanx to all in advance for this forum,
well it took 5 years but i finally learned how to run my 135 opti-fast as possible. just picked up a briggs 5hp from walmart(couln't pass it up) and am now researching kicker brackets. read past discussions about this topic but was wondering if anyone out there has done this w/ 17 rage. bulky cowling that i would like to get above transom when jacked. i like the omc air filled piston more than springs but not sure of vertical rise(asked seller on ebay) doesn't seem to be adjustments simply an up and down. pretty happy w/ opti now but won't troll with her and keep her over idle on 20 min ride to open water (800-1000 rpm)
posted 06-27-2005 06:04 PM ET (US)
I saw a neat installation on another Outrage II/17 at last years NorCal rendezvous. The boat in question had a removable plate attached to the swim platform for the kicker. Seemed to work really nice. Might be something to try (if you have a swim platform, that is). I was looking into it for my own 17, until i bought the COnquest 23.
posted 06-27-2005 06:05 PM ET (US)
Forgot to mention, the plate replaced the ladder portion of the platform.
posted 06-27-2005 06:15 PM ET (US)
thanx for reply,
considered mounting to swim platform but not crazy about throwing motor on brace such as this that is not through-bolted although whaler did say that tapping into phenolic material was just fine i opt for what i believe would be a bit more solid
posted 07-11-2005 01:31 PM ET (US)
Re: kicker braccket
posted 07-11-2005 01:49 PM ET (US)
After considerable research, I had a kicker bracket fabricated to attach to the swim platform for my 1998 17' outrage II. It is made from aluminum powdercoated in white which is a good looking match for the swim platform. The face of the bracket has a plastic cutting board material to prevent marking the bracket. The bracket I designed still permits use of the drop ladder when the kicker is not on. So far I have had no signs of problems ie:stress cracking etc. and have used both a 9.9 yamaha 4 stroke short shaft( 98lbs) and 4 hp yamaha 4 stroke long shaft(approx 60 lbs). Both engines work well with the boat but the 9.9 runs a lot quieter and has a lot more power when running in currents.
When trailering I always remove the engine as I feel the stress on the grid especially when hitting bumps on the road may be too much but in the water even with heavy swells the bracket and platform work very well. I chose this method as I have seen some brutal thru hull installations which are permanant scars and will likely depreciate the value of the hull as well. Also remember thru hull brackets are great in transoms with wood but you will be basically compressing a sandwich core of foam with glass on 2 sides which if over tightened may even cause cracking in the glass. The bracket I have also uses the exsisting swim ladder holes so no further drilling was required.
If needed I have photos and the fabricator I had may be able to make one up for you . Cost approx 150 usd.
posted 07-12-2005 11:13 PM ET (US)
Hey Ron, I was just curious as to what you ment by the 5 years learning to run your Opti as fast as possible. I have an 01' 135 Opti and could'nt be happier with it. I do an extensive amount of trolling on this motor and am wondering if what you mentioned had anything to do with the topic of trolling and the effects of this particular motor. Thanks, Tony
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