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Dahitman44

Installed new kicker

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Got the new kicker this year to match my Suzuki 175.

Question -- do I leave it in up, down locked or which position while zipping across the lake?

Also -- when using the kicker -- do I put the big motor in a different position or what?

Thanks so much - -I am a kicker rookie

Anything else I should know - -please post.

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Question -- do I leave it in up, down locked or which position while zipping across the lake?

Up. Otherwise it is just dragging through the water.

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I would say all you have to do when you are running across the lake is have the kicker up enough so it isn't making contact with the water. I don't think it needs to be all the way up. Thinking about it I would say if it was all the way up and it was a little rough the kicker would be bouncing more. The bouncing kicker would cause more (unnecessary) stress on the transom.

I am thinking when you are using the kicker you would probably want the main motor tilted up enough so it isn't acting as a "rudder" potentially influncing the kickers steering of the boat.

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I have trim on mine and the rod to connect it to the big motor I leave it connected all the time. An dtrim all the way up when running across the lake when trolling if I no im deep enough I leave my big motor down way better boat control

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I trim my kicker all the way up when not using it. You don't want it dragging in the water, you don't want it bouncing against the motor mount or adding stress to the transom.

I leave my big motor in the water when using the kicker, it acts as a keel and gives better boat control. You can also turn the big motor slightly to act as a rudder as well, this is helpful in crosswinds and/or offset unbalanced boats.

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