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Perhaps someone that has done this or maybe an electrician can chime in here...

i'm going to convert a 30lb minn kota trolling motor for my kayak.  it will be hands free drive by using the foot pedals that are currently in use for the rudder.

where i do not know how to proceed is how to convert the wires/head into what i suppose would be a rotary switch of some type.  anyone have any insight on what type of switch i would need to buy in order to allow me to operate the forward drive (speeds 1-5) as well as reverse from a hand operated switch or dial?  links to plans or specific products are GREATLY appreciated.

thanks!

 

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dig this part out of your control head.

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MINN-KOTA-2064028-FORWARD-REVERSE-SWITCH-5-SPEED-COMBO-/191476935652?pt=Boat_Parts_Accessories_Gear&hash=item2c94ea2be4&vxp=mtr

 

or get an electronic speed control with power modulation, it will give you infinite speed control instead of 5 speeds and should conserve on battery draw. you run the box between battery and motor, and then run a little control knob where ever you want. this is to give you an idea whats out there, you may want to find a cheaper one with less capacity and will do reverse.

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/100A-10-50V-12V-24V-current-limited-DC-motor-PWM-speed-controller-waterproof-/181648888862?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a4b1e141e

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What yak do you have? Are you looking for permanent mount or something you can remove if need be?

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What yak do you have? Are you looking for permanent mount or something you can remove if need be?

 

i have a wilderness ride 135 and have a 30lb minn kota.  i actually already figured out a way to semi-permanently rig up a mount so i kind of have that solved.  i need to figure out the re-wiring situation for a new control knob that i can operate from the seat (removing the head on the motor and re-wire something new).  i'm just starting out and looking for some blueprints to get me going.

the only part i'm really stuck on is how to raise/lower the motor from the seat, but i did see a youtube video that may have answered that for me.

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I did this to my ascend last year it was tricky. A lot to try and write down. If I get time later I'll pm you with some insight on how I did mine

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I did this to my ascend last year it was tricky. A lot to try and write down. If I get time later I'll pm you with some insight on how I did mine

 

i can already tell it's a little tricky....  and electronics/engineering are not my strong suit.  any help you have would be awesome!  i'm not diving into this project head first, but gathering all my facts in the meantime.

Thanks!

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