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  1. MOONlite


    finally got someone that knew the answer. have to replace $200 control board. think i'll stay with my old one.
  2. how does an ultrex know it is in the stored position? my buddy's tries to rotate for a second in the stowed position when he first turns power on. i called minnkota and the person i got didn't know either. and i'm still on the fence about getting one to replace my quiet, light weight omc that does everything i want except spotlock. thanks
  3. MOONlite

    Night time blades

    i'm NOT positive, but i think the C/S blades were made in jefferson city. i can't remember the man's name but seems like i was in their shop and saw the press they were made on. i think they also had an unusual willow blade that was rounded on the end that attached to swivel. seems they were all made with stainless steel so they didn't have a bright shiny finish but lasted forever. i may be mixed up on this because that was almost 40 years ago but i know the willows were made there. the cup on Shelley blade was designed by the man himself and is totally different from the original france. 90% of all US made blades 'used' to be made by Worth, Lakeland, or Hildebrandt. they're probably outsourcing to china by now. the excise tax has moved almost all large lure manufacturers offshore and put small ones out of business or forced them underground. only fair way to collect excise on lures is at final sale.
  4. i need a set of boxes for an old engine. anybody tried the chinese switchboxes on ebay? they're only $22 each...unbelieveable. i usually buy US parts but most are made in china anyway and resold by US dealers. thanks
  5. anybody got one of these? looks like a game changer?
  6. MOONlite

    new Bantam

    anybody tried the new Shimano Bantum MGL? it feels incredible in hand but for the price, i'd like some reports. i don't care about weight. i do care about smoothness and distance. thanks
  7. new engine is a 3.4L V6, up to 225 hp., 475lbs. they finally listened. now if they'll produce a 250 horse. and the look will take some time.
  8. MOONlite

    light shield

    that was a prototype only and we haven't been able to find a suitable light source for that. that type LED has either silicone over the chip or a large plastic lens that protrudes out too far. silicone doesn't protect well enough from impact damage and a protruding lens spreads light too high and causes glare. also not sure if demand is enough to pay for added cost. if we can find a good light source and get more positive feedback from this year's night fishing, we may consider it. thanks
  9. MOONlite

    light shield

    Full Moons now come with a light shield to reduce glare when standing over or very close to light. Extra shields will be sold at cost for older lights. See your nearest dealer. Check them out on moonliteusa.com Thanks
  10. MOONlite

    Stator replacement??

    tom's is on the left on Buffalo Trail road toward Morristown from the red light near Morristown marine. it's a small shop been in business for 30 years+... good bait shop next door. i would call before going there, most shops are busy now. i don't know the mechanics at morristown marine. any time you get work done, have them list everything they did on work order. if you don't understand what they did, ask them to show you. this is only necessary until you find someone you can trust, then you don't have to worry about it. and boat parts cost triple or more than comparable auto parts so be prepared for a shock.
  11. MOONlite

    Stator replacement??

    don't waste money on speedometer. most useless thing ever on a boat. an authorized mercury dealer can quote the part price with the engine serial number if it hasn't been modified. Dewayne at Tom's marine is good. most any dealer will charge $75 per hour or more for labor. stator cost should be around $300 and $100 labor should cover it if that's really all that's wrong with it. the key to a good mechanic is finding one that's honest.
  12. MOONlite

    Stator replacement??

    the wires are molded in to every stator i've seen. they must have patched them by cutting out bad section and added more wire with butt connectors. either the engine overheated and melted the wire insulation or it disintegrated due to age. when this happens, it usually lets moisture in and starts corrosion in copper wire so it won't last much longer. it has to be a mercury puller. and you need a flywheel wrench and torque wrench to put it back on. some use impact driver but i prefer torque wrench to know you got it right. and you have to set timing after stator installation. where you located? 2 good trustworthy mechanics in bluff city/bristol area. another one in morristown.
  13. MOONlite

    Stator replacement??

    it takes a special tool to remove flywheel. you may be able to use a generic puller if you have the right bolts. what exactly was the patch? repaired wires? replaced stator? if you didn't get a new or good used stator for the $400 patch, i would find a different mechanic. you need to ask exactly what they did for $400.
  14. MOONlite

    on-board charging

    i charge immediately after fishing and then unplug. i have cutoff switches at trolling and start batteries which i keep turned off when not in use. i charge again every 2 weeks if boat is not used. i have less confidence in battery chargers than most. my batteries also last longer with this method. if you have a computer controlled engine and don't have a battery switch, you are almost forced to leave chargers plugged in at all times.
  15. MOONlite


    still on the fence. i've heard spot lock sometime causes rotation too far and pulls the coil wire out of head. anybody had this happen? is this a defect or design problem? it seems there would be a designed limit on how far it could rotate. also seems there would have to be a logic program for what to do when it reached the limit. or does the operator have to take over? thanks