Tracker Grizzly 1654 Sportsman Performance?

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  1. jthomp01

    jthomp01 Refuge Member

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    I don't know why they mount those motors so high. Recently bought the 1654 Sportsman with the 30 hp Mercury and was having terrible cavitation problems at anything more than half throttle. So bad that the alarm would go off on the motor and send it into limp mode. Lowered the motor all the way and it's still doing it. No clue what to do other than a Jack plate. Hopefully the motor isn't messed up now after it happening multiple times.

    I like the boat and the way it a set up, but I do not like the Mercury and the way they have them set up.
     
  2. CA Hunter

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    You installed a short shaft motor. or your motor is short for this transom.
    See post #16 of this thread about installing a jackplate. You will resolve this issue and gain some additional speed.
     
  3. jthomp01

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    Its the motor that came from the factory with the boat. 2015 Mercury 30 HP FourStroke long shaft. Google Tracker Grizzly Sportsman and you will see how they mount the motors.
     
  4. CA Hunter

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    How did the previous owner use it if it is unusable per your descriptions. Did you actually measure the motor?
    i'm not arguing, i gave you a suggestion of $20 solution which worked for me and for my friend.
     
  5. Wood Duck Hunter

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    Link to $20 jack plate please
     
  6. jthomp01

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    ^ this please. I stated in post #21 that i didn't know what else to do "other than a jack plate".

    With the pods being on the back, weight distribution is key (drive/passenger weight). I weigh 175, guy i bought it from weighed more. Just a hunch that if weight was properly placed in the rear where the pods sat lower in the water, therefore the motor sat lower, it would perform correctly. That or he sold it because of what its doing. Nobody will ever know.

    And yes, its a long shaft. Same long shaft 30 horse that's sold on 75% of these boats.
     
  7. CA Hunter

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    Let's see where it was... A quick google search "diy. outboard jackplate" yields approximately 1000 results :dv

    https://www.google.com/search?q=diy...AUICygC&biw=1600&bih=770#imgrc=KewFwaETig4GMM:

    The one i made is very similar to those ones. I made it out of steel, not aluminum.

    http://www.dillon-racing.com/jackplate/plans/images/construction11.jpg
    http://www.dillon-racing.com/jackplate/plans/images/construction04.jpg
    http://www.dillon-racing.com/jackplate/images/sheet3tmb.jpg

    http://i451.photobucket.com/albums/qq234/dawsonwl/IMG00901-20120121-0749.jpg


    It set the motor back enough so i even had to raise it 2-3 inches to set the anti cavitation plate above the water which gave me additional 5 -6 MPH approximately
    http://i51.tinypic.com/2u9q0dw.jpg
     
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  8. jthomp01

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    Dragging it back up. Has any one ever been able to properly prop this package. Not looking to build or modify something but just go into a store and order the correct prop as intended without sea trialling a half dozen props. Thanks in advance!
     

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