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Old 10-29-2020, 09:54 AM
patnad patnad is offline
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Hi, I would like to install a kicker motor on my alumacraft T-Pro 185 but i can't reach de interior
bottom of the transom to bolt de kicker in it. Any advice?
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Old 10-29-2020, 11:14 AM
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I really didn’t want to drill holes in the transom of my Lund Impact when I installed the 9.9 Pro kicker so I just used the provided clamps on the kicker and I haven’t had any issues. Just make sure you check and tighten them every so often. Also, be careful where you leave it as it’s more prone to theft without through bolts.


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Old 10-29-2020, 02:10 PM
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People mount them all the time with just the clamps on them and they seem fine. I would at least opt to through bolt the top section that you can get to. It would add security as well. Maybe you could call a dealer and ask them if it is ok to only bolt it on using 2 top bolts.
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Old 10-29-2020, 08:29 PM
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I would guess you are talking about 4 bolts to bolt it on. I just use the top two bolt holes and the clamps. The top two bolts holes on the motor should be accessible. Compared to the bottom bolt holes. I would either zip tie or use a lock on the clamps. Keeps them from loosening up.
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Old 10-30-2020, 12:00 AM
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Yep same here, I just use top clamps, it'll be fine,as mentioned, keep them tight. Next kicker on new boat will be bolted on due to moving to powered tilt and trim.
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Old 10-30-2020, 07:00 AM
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I installed a 15 pro kicker this year and opted to just use the top bolts. Mercury doesn't send the screw clamps with motor anymore. At least not on my motor they didn't. In there manual they have picture of someone hitting an object and motor flying into boat I suppose that is why. It's a lawsuit thing.
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Old 10-30-2020, 08:37 AM
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Hi, I would like to install a kicker motor on my alumacraft T-Pro 185 but i can't reach de interior
bottom of the transom to bolt de kicker in it. Any advice?
When I mounted my Suzuki I tightened and zip tied the clamps and drilled and bolted through the top holes only. I have also seen some that have used the motor clamps and used lag bolts in the bottom holes. Both methods work.

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Old 10-30-2020, 11:20 AM
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I'm on my second boat with the same 9.9 Pro Kicker. I have only used the top clamps on both boats and have not had an issue.
I do have a the lock bar installed for security it prevents to the clamps from being turned.
It would need to be cutoff in order for someone to steal the kicker - if they're that determined, they are going to take it one way or another anyway.
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Old 11-02-2020, 09:34 AM
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I just bolted the top two bolt holes on my Alumacraft.
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Old 11-02-2020, 04:23 PM
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I have had my kicker (20 hp Honda) with power tilt mounted on my last 2 boats.....neither place installed more than the upper bolts.
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