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Discussion in 'Mud Motors' started by Archeryrob, Nov 22, 2006.
Have you had a chance to run this in the mud yet?
What kind of speeds are you getting out of it?
I have some river bottoms and small marshes that I am going to build one for.
gmag10 - Any finished pics or reports on performance?
I built a 6.5 honda longtail and it did weigh 85 lbs.
Overall weight is about 120 lbs. I can bear hug it and take it off of the boat no problem. I ran it all last summer and hunting season on a 1436 jon. Ran about 14 by myself, and about 12 with 2 guys. I am running a 1.5:1 reduction and I think I could turn one of Mud Buddy's 10X8 surface piercing props. I have run it through a lot of vegitation , but no soupy mud. I need to make some adjustments to the skeg to keep the weeds from catching in it and so that it is not quite as ugly. I'll try to post some of the completed pictures.
I noticed the belt shroud is open at the top. Is this a problem? Is there any water leaking into the bottom of this? Is there a grease fitting for the shaft? Did you use sleeve or roller bearings on the shaft assembly? I run a longtail so excuse my ignorance.
Those are some in-process pictures. I now have a cover over the top.
I used 4 radial ball bearings with a grease zerk between each set. This increased the diameter of the drive tube. If I were to do it again, I would have used needle bearings and a much smaller drive tube.
Here are some completed pictures. Sorry about the quality.
Great looking motor...I've always wanted to try to build one, but just don't have the time.
thats cool. sure makes you think twice when you can spend 1/4 the price! good luck with it. let us know how it goes in the mudd!