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Saturday I had the pleasure of having my first tilt / trim motor go out on me. This is on a 115 Mariner. In looking at it, it seems very simple (too simple). I can't seem to find much info on the web for changing these things out, but wanted to attempt it myself. Any tips or tricks (other than, step one - drive it to Bullfrog Marina, step two - pay the trained mechanic.....)

It appears to be just 4 bolts, one in each corner, although the 2 closest to the boat look tough to get to. Any tips / advice would be appreciated before I tackle this thing. If anyone wants to come over and do it, I have 24 cold ones with your name on it (JZ).

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Talk to Mark at Bullfrog. I've always had good luck just telling him my issue and him telling me how to fix it. Good luck with it because I don't have a clue.


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Call JZ, talk with Mark. Most important!, FINISH JOB!, then offer beer.

Step 1 - Clear concise plan of attack!
Step 2 - Work plan to COMPLETION!
Step 3 - Celebrate with cold Budweiser product! (Should always be on hand)

PLAN YOUR WORK, WORK YOUR PLAN
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Update # 1

I spent a good part of last weekend and most my weekend working on this thing. Only 6 bolts to remove, no big deal right? Wrong - 2 of the bolts snapped in half and I had to drill them out. I finally got the old motor out and the new one in only to find out the new motor has 2 wires, my old motor had 3.

Long story short, these newer 2 wire motors are compatable, but they need an additional $85 wiring harness. End of story, I'm dropping the boat off with Mark today after work to finish the job.


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Remind Mark of the SSA connection, for a future seminar!  snook crazy

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Update on my boat - I should be picking it up either today or tomorrow, but I had Mark do multiple other things while the boat was in for the tilt and trim. I had him redo my SS prop as it was pretty dinged up (from when I purchased the boat almost 2 years ago) and he was repairing my trim tab system which wasn't working correctly.

ALSO - PLEASE READ THIS. In working on my tilt / trim, there was a metal bracket which I had 2 of 6 bolts break off in and I screwed the bracket up pretty good drilling them out. I was so frustrated, I said screw it, I'll just buy a new bracket ($125). I told Mark when I dropped the boat off that it would probably need to be replaced. HE TOOK IT UPON HIMSELF TO SAVE ME MONEY - and told me his guys could fix mine for much less. Bullfrog Creek Marine and Mark, and all his guys are first class and are really dedicated to providing good, affordable service. I have mentioned I heard of him at SSA and that he came very highly reccomended. It would be a great idea to get him in for a seminar on small preventative things we could probably be doing on our own.
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FF, Mark comes in at least once a year for a seminar. His take on ethanol should be on youtube. Mark has been in business for a long time and is doing well in this economy. Speaks to his integrity and his worth in the community. He is very active in scouting with his son. He and his wife are supporting the redfish tourney for the 2nd year!   snook crazy

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