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Old 08-05-2020, 07:48 PM
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Originally Posted by moymurfs View Post
I just installed one yesterday. I had the Terrova mounted on a quick release mount that was mounted on a thick aluminum plate. The motor was too far forward for my liking especially when docking. It's now definately out of the "kill" zone. Effortless sliding isn't a problem. I wish there was a more positive position "lock". You can adjust the sliding tension but to keep it from sliding inaverdantly when trailering you reeally need to cinch it down. Fine tuning the metal rails that ride in the poly grove by mounting them closer (inward) works but then it's so snug you have push pretty hard for deployment. Not really a problem if the water is calm. You could have it in easy glide mode if you had a very positive tie down/hold back method for the motor on the deck.
Hi Moymurfs, there are two types of "braking" adjustment with the metal sliding brackets. There is the global adjustment that you are referring to when you squeeze the brackets together to "bottom out" in the center bearing (poly grove) and the local adjustment when you tighten the 4 small brake screws (2 on each end) to give you the resistance/grip you want on each end of the sliding mount. You are correct by saying if you squeeze the sliding brackets too closely together, this will give you more friction along the slot in the center bearing, making it more challenging to move. It sometimes helps if an extra pair of hands holds the brackets together while you tighten the bolts to the grip/resistance that you feel comfortable with. You don't want it too easy to slide. I always tell customers that you should use both hands and give a good push or pull to get the motor to move. The local adjustment of the brake screws can also help with the braking on each end of the slide. The more you tighten it, the harder it is to move, so you tighten it to what you feel you need. Once the 4 brake screws are tightened to your liking, you can leave it, it won't change. Every install in different, that's why it was engineered the way it was. Some customers like a good amount of "grip" because they fish in rough seas, others like an easier resistance because of their fishing habits. But the motor should not move while traveling. The brake screws on each end can help with this. It seems like you have figured most of it out and how everything works together, that's great! It was engineered so that there is no metal on metal friction points because those will wear over time and no pins to pull (and possibly lose), everything is one cohesive piece. If you have more questions, please give us a call tomorrow and a technician can give you some more suggestions (maybe ones that I have not thought of).