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Anyone ever install these ? If so did they work as advertised?I have heard good things about them and thinking about installing them on my boat in Spring

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I have them on 2 boats and they work well. Put them on a Smokercraft Ultima 192 that had a porposing problem no matter how far the motor was trimmed down. Solved it and helped get on plane faster even though getting on plane was acceptable. Also, later put them on a Sea Nymph GLS 175 that rode rough in 2 foot + waves because of difficulty keeping the bow down without using excessive trim. Helped with that also. Paid about $100 a set for factory seconds that had a cosmetic defect. Cant see anything actually wrong with them. Bought them online but cant remember where.

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Should also mention that I did not like the idea of using the screws provided for mounting in aluminum. Seems like they were meant only for fiberglass. I used Stainless 1/4-20 button head screws instead and plenty of the 3m polyurethane sealant. Worked well.

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We've installed them at Krenzer Marine for a customer. They seem to like them.

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I put them on a 20' deep vee aluminum 1966 Chrysler Lonestar polara (that i completely repurposed to a side console beast)w/ Yamaha 130--the boat wanted to turn hard left above 3800 rpm...tried many things.  Smart tabs made it 1000% better-not perfect but could run safely at 35 mph without fighting the torque.  They were a great help with proper planing as well.

 

good luck and happy holidays

 

coach

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I put them on my trophy 1802 and it helped a lot with getting the boat on plane and keeping it there at lower speeds. The down side to them is it is difficult to control the direction of the boat when backing up.

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On 11/20/2019 at 10:27 AM, ri rory said:

I put them on a 20' deep vee aluminum 1966 Chrysler Lonestar polara (that i completely repurposed to a side console beast)w/ Yamaha 130--the boat wanted to turn hard left above 3800 rpm...tried many things.  Smart tabs made it 1000% better-not perfect but could run safely at 35 mph without fighting the torque.  They were a great help with proper planing as well.

 

good luck and happy holidays

 

coach

Hi ri;

 

Had the hard pull you describe with a 20' Lund Newport with a 175 Yammy, & I changed the steering system to a zero feedback system, problem solved & I did not look back.

 

Merry Xmas 

 

John

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