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Old 06-11-2019, 04:33 PM
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I am wondering if anyone knows if there is a update / new board for the first generation (2016) of Ulterra. I have one on my tiller and just installed a new one (2019) on my 219. The difference in spot lock is night and day as the first Gen may put me within 15-20 Ft. and the new one is pretty much right on.. Thanks for any help.
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Old 06-11-2019, 08:27 PM
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I also have the 2016 Ulterra G1. I talked to Minn Kota yesterday (June 10th) and the long and the short of it is I ordered the GPS Spot Lock upgrade kit. Comes with a new board of some sort that goes in the head unit of the TM, also comes with a new remote and heading sensor. He quoted me $500+ for a non-link version. Of course I just had to have the I-Pilot Link version. That came to $877.44 with tax and shipping.
He said I should have it this Fri or Mon? He also said I can track the order at: www.motors.johnsonoutdoors.com At this time it does not show the order being processed, but the $877 has hit my CC already. He said they were in stock also, and that the Ulterra model is the only one that can be upgraded with the new kit.
Glad to hear the new version is much better, 'cause my existing set up is one PITA, currently estimated at about a 20' circle for accuracy.
Hope this might help, Gregory
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:16 PM
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Hi Gregory, That is exactly what I wanted to here . Even better I now can wait to see if it works out for you as we have the same problem. Please keep me informed of the results and thanks for the info.
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:57 PM
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Talked to MK again today. No info will show up on the website for showing order processing, shipment, etc. I was told the kit would ship out today, Wed., and that the website tracking info will update overnight. Gregory
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Old 06-16-2019, 05:21 PM
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"Brown" del'd the update kit Thurs. PM. A little less than 24 hours transit time from MN to Cent. WI. Everything is installed and ready for an on-the-water calibration, heading offset, & test tomorrow, Monday.

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Old 06-17-2019, 06:12 PM
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I got out on the water today (4 hours), with the updated setup installed. Calibration and heading offset went off with out a hitch. When in Spot Lock mode the screen was showing being within the marked location 2-5 feet. One time I did see it show being 6 feet off. Often times it read 1 or 2 feet. The TM was way more active, but I guess that's to be expected if you want to be on the spot, vs. general area with the G1 setup It's a HUGE improvement over the 2016 G1 OEM set up that came with the Ulterra. I should add there was very little wind today, and no current either.
The screen on the remote is way brighter and much easier to read. Also, somewhat more finicky as far as inadvertently touching the touch screen and activating a mode I had not intended to activate. It did glitch up on me one time, but not sure if it was something self inflicted or not?
I also noticed that the Spot Lock Way Point locations seemed to store themselves when Spot Lock was cancelled. On the previous G1 set up when a Spot Lock location was cancelled, the coordinates disappeared too. I'll need to look into this further, as maybe there is a menu setting to change this. Anyone want to chime in on this?
Hope this info might help some else out.....Gregory
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Old 06-18-2019, 01:43 PM
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Thanks for the update Greg. Now I am sure I will also upgrade my TM.
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Old 06-18-2019, 02:13 PM
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Gregory,

Could you post a photo of the remote? Also, did any other features come with the update, i.e. jog, circle mode, or anything else? Thanks.

andersaki
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Old 06-18-2019, 08:51 PM
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This is the remote: https://minnkotamotors.johnsonoutdoo...mote-bluetooth The remote has several features that are built into it: Ulterra, Autopilot, HSB, Cruise control, Mark Waypoint, Go To WP, Go To Spot Lock, Go To iTrack, Record iTrack. Remote has the ability to do updates to the remote and TM.
The "kit" came with a new head unit for the top of the TM, Blue Tooth remote (with charging cable & battery), Heading Sensor (install is required to make use of the "Jog" feature. Also requires being fused with a 1 amp fuse), and a 30 foot Ethernet cable (MK Part #: 490389-1). Also came with the slotted pop out do-dad that goes in the bottom of the TM head, that the cables go thru. It's not really needed, I just used the original one.
Only on the water 1X so far, but I'm really liking the features of the G2 kit. Am I happy I had to spend nearly $900 to update a 2016 motor? Not really. Am I glad MK offered the update, vs. buying a new TM? You darn right. I was told by MK that only the Ulterra model can be updated with the G2 kit.
Gregory

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Old 06-18-2019, 09:02 PM
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Thanks for the update Greg. Now I am sure I will also upgrade my TM.
I don't think you will regret it one little bit!!
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