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  1. Wheel House build

    Nilight Led Light Bar 2PCS 18w 4" Flood Driving Fog Light Off Road Lights Boat Lights driving lights Led Work Light SUV Jeep Lamp,2 years Warranty
  2. Wheel House build

    Looking good! I also wanted reverse lights. I used some of the really bright light bars from Amazon on mine.
  3. Ice Fishing Sales - Post Here

    Was in Joes sporting goods last night and they had the 8" K drill for $219
  4. Inline reel reviews

    I have a couple cgi's that I use for pan fish but switch to a spinning for my walleye rod.
  5. Here is a write up of how I wired my electric jacks to control them. There are other ways to do this, but this is how I did mine. Here's a shopping list of what I used. remote jacks.pdf
  6. Have Ion-Want k Drill

    You running the orange convertible shaft or the Blue? I've been thinking about getting something else for use with my wheelhouse Don't think the convertible is going to work well re-opening holes plus I can't add extensions.
  7. Wheel House build

    Wow them bends look pretty nice!
  8. Have Ion-Want k Drill

    I have no experience with the K drill but would like to try one myself. I have however been using a Nils with my drill for the last couple of seasons. And I've used a friends Ion a few times. With the nils drill combo its easy to pack away. Most of the time I take the drill off the nils unless I'm hole hopping. The ion is much bulkier and slower drilling. For running and gunning I don't think there's a better combo then a light weight drill combo.
  9. Wheel House build

    I've seen it both ways. I stopped buying lumber from home depot for a while because it was dried so much that framing nails would split the 2x4's 3 feet down. I'm a firm believer now that quality or lack there of is pallet by pallet at most all consumer home improvement stores. If you want quality lumber you have go to places contractors do.
  10. Wheel House build

    Looking good keep it up the ice is coming soon!
  11. Remote electric jacks worth it?

    So I about got this nailed using 3 atv wench relays and a 4 channel wireless relay setup. I’ll do a write up on for others in the future.
  12. Otter fishhouse

    Not sure if you got a house yet or are on face book but Dan Murphy has an add going for new otter flip overs for good deals. He posted in the ice fishing fanatics group.
  13. Otter fishhouse

    If you planning on doing any hand pulling at all then do not get the lodge she is a tank and would not fit in a short box. As long as your not 300+ lbs you'll be perfectly comfortable with 2 adults in the cabin. Also a cheap alternative to Hifax are a set of old downhill skis (normally $7-15 @ goodwill) I pull mine across parking lots all the time behind the wheeler and they hold up really well. An added bonus is if you cut them off at the end of the sled then they work great for loading and unloading the shack from your pickup box by yourself because the steel sides dig into the ground a bit keeping the bottom from sliding out.
  14. Otter fishhouse

    Its a great house. Yep its heavy, yep the cover is bulky compared to a single layer, yep I'd buy it again. You can always pull down a zipper or 2 (front and back doors) if you get hot. For what its worth I switched from a Clam Yukon TC (normal sides with a insulated top) both are a similar size. On below zero days in the clam I would have to use a big buddy. In the otter I use a buddy and rarely turn it on high.
  15. Anyone messed with a minnkota vantage? I've heard the end button can cause problems. I was out this week and was using without issue, then I couldn't get the prop to turn on for anything. Put it up and down checked the breaker no issues found. Fast forward to today and messed with it in the driveway and everything worked as it should. Anyone torn into this? Looks like all the controls are only sold together in the handle assembly. Are there contacts to clean or is it time to bite the $170 bullet for an new switch? Really don't want this to dump out when I really need it
  16. Minnkota Vantage

    I tore mine apart and found no real smoking gun. It works fine in the driveway. If your having issues with it stopping while turning pull off the very back cover and one above it. All the control buttons on the handle are fed back and connect to around 9 butt splices on the left side of the trolling motor you may have a cracked wire. The wire gauge is very small for the connectors they use.
  17. Lowrance Insight Genesis

    I have mapped but never submitted it to be processed. However I have downloaded maps from insight and used them. They work good if your willing to go thru the extra step to download them. If I remember correctly you will have to choose them in chart options or it will just show your regular insight map. The real nice thing is they are free! I mostly use Navionics I find I like them better than the insight maps & its easier to download user generated maps.
  18. Side-Imaging Depthfinders

    Possible but I'm not sure who owns what patent.
  19. Side-Imaging Depthfinders

    Your best angle of attack should come like this: Do you need to control your trolling motor with your sonar? if so you have 2 choices. Lowrance uses motor guide and H-bird goes with Minnkota. If that is not a requirement than the field is wide open. IMO don't go with a screen smaller than 9" with side imaging there is so much detail that its hard to see on a 7" screen. I'd stay away from garmin or any unit that doesn't have a true down scan ducer that uses software to produce a down scan image there is just too much stuff lost without it.
  20. Camera compass

    I made my own with a hunk of plywood and a close pin glued to it.
  21. Attaching camera to sonar unit

    Convert yours to the LX9 or just rig up a ram mount behind the LX7 to hold your display.
  22. Attaching camera to sonar unit

    I believe you can do this with the Lowrance HDS 9 and above.
  23. Lighting for Hub...

    You want the best bang for the buck? just string these led's around the top of your shack even 1/2 of one of these will light up the huge Clam 6pack Buy this and this The dimmer is nice because it will save your battery+ you really don't need them running at full brightness.
  24. Over lap for aluminum sheets

    With wood studs your going to have to seal them before using the VHB tape. FYI you can also use PL premium to glue your sheets to your studs but it is somewhat of a pain in the you know what. I overlapped mine an inch as well but made sure I had at least 2" of the sheet overlapping a stud or backing.
  25. Using a boat's graph in winter on an atv or sled?

    Been using my lowrance on the ice for 3 seasons. I do not leave it out exposed in the cold if I'm not using it and have not had an issue. If you have touch screen it can be a pain in the winter with screen grounding issues and having to pull off your gloves... that said I love my lowrance I think I also prefer it over my Marcum LX9. Yes mapping will work fine at least from my experience especially when moving slow its when your zipping across the lake at 40+ that some units will have issues keeping up with mapping. Also something to keep in mind is if you ever decide you want a bow mount trolling motor that can follow contours or control via your graph you have two choices. Minnkota uses Humminbird and Lowrance uses Motor Guide. Just another thing to think about in your decision. Honestly I don't think you could really make a bad decision in sonar right now. All have features that are very close to one another and in 2 years your unit will be outdated and selling for a 10th of what you paid for it.