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Old 07-15-2007, 07:30 PM
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Default SlideMaster Jack Plate Problem/Motor Height Adj.

I just spent the day trying to adjust (raise) my motor height. 2003 Champion Bay Champ with a 200HP 2003 Saltwater EFI. The motor is mounted on a SlideMaster Manual Jack Plate.
The instructions (that were told to me), were to loosen the 2 bolts on each side (4 total), and then turn the long vertical bolt to raise or lower the motor. Well the long vertical "bolt" turned out not being a bolt at all. It was a long threaded rod with a nut welded or brazed to the top. Of course the nut broke loose of the rod. When this happened (I suspect) the motor fell a little lower than where I started. I tried using a floor jack to at least get the motor back where I started but it would just lift the whole boat instead of the motor (yes, the side bolts were still loose).
I tried putting 2 5/8ths nuts back to back on the other end (bottom) of the rod and turn from there....didn't work.
I really need some suggestions.
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Emile
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Old 07-16-2007, 09:04 AM
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Default Re: SlideMaster Jack Plate Problem/Motor Height Adj.

Hooked, I would begin by spraying lubricant on every surface of the plate that looks like it should move, give it time to penetrate and spray again.
While waiting on this process see if you can find a die of the proper size (size and pitch) so you can rethread the upper end of the vertical shaft. Once you have a thread on top of the rod suitable for a nut run it down as far as you can and the engine should raise within the slide mechanism.
Once you get her to the desired height I would run a second nut down on top of the first one to lock it in place so it doesn't vibrate out of position.
Keep us informed of the progress and any problems along the way......
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Old 07-16-2007, 11:15 AM
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I don't see how running the nut down the shaft would raise the motor. Wouldn't it just wind up cinching against the top of the jack plate? Maybe I'm missing something or misunderstanding.
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Default Re: SlideMaster Jack Plate Problem/Motor Height Adj.

I'm trying to find a diagram of the Slidemaster, any idea where one could be????? I tried Google but couldn't get an idea of how it works...
Waht I described above would be proper for most manual plates, maybe not Slidemaster?????
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Old 07-16-2007, 03:55 PM
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Default Re: SlideMaster Jack Plate Problem/Motor Height Adj.

I can't even find their website to question them....
I think I'm gonna pony up and replace it with a Bob's Hydraulic Jack plate. Any comments on this unit vs. others?
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I prefer the CMC unit.....Easier to work with, no hydraulic lines to mess with....just electrical connections and away you go......I'm on my 2nd one with ZERO problems.......
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