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Hyfax 101! How To Install Hyfax On Your Flip Over Style Ice Shack!

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I figure I would share this with you guys and gals!

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If their is any interest, I will share further "how to" videos, like assembling as flip over shack and other things.

If their is no interest, I will not waste yours or my time grin

I know most know how to do this stuff, but I figure some out their have not done this and would like to know how.

Thanks! smile

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Great job Shackbash ... You should sell it to Otter Outdoors wink

I did mine in similar fashion. Keep the Vid's coming, lots of guys new to stuff on this site should find it very helpful.

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Great job and keep them coming. Very timely since I am considering on doing this exact project.

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The video was great, would love to see more! Now I gotta get a set of hyfax for my sled.

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Great idea with the video. Keep them coming. Lots of new people to the sport that would like to see some of these things first hand. Kinda like watching the movie instead of reading the book.

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Nice Vid Shack

I would also recommend getting a hex head bit for your driver instead of using a wrench and zip the screws right in.

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Thanks! Very timely for me - I am going to install some on my smaller Otter - was wondering exactly what it took - and now you took the mystery out. Do you like the Hyfax? Do you think it makes much of a difference?

Thanks again!!

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I have that same sled and hyfax, and going to do it this weekend. Good tip on the bit size being smaller smile I did my medium sled last year, and it took two of us to really go at it fast. This way one person can do it faster! Thanks shack, good info.

I might try to do a movie similar for doing impellor on Merc motor later this winter, but I have a face for radio wink

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Great Vid Shack,

I would like to see the rest of the assembly process too!

I lucked out and bought my otter already assembled.

But I think putting the porty together is as much fun as fishing in it.

Thanks.

WW

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Thanks for the how-to shack! I just picked up one of those sleds and was wondering how much of a difference the hyfax runners make? I unfortunately have to pull that bad boy by hand with a clam 460+goodies on it so if they make any difference my back will surely appreciate it. Speaking as someone who hasn't had a boat or an ice shack growing up, these videos are full of valuable information. I say keep em' coming! wink

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Great vid, shack, but is that a "Rental" garage? Where's all your man stuff? I mean I don't see tools or even a broom. hum must be one of those E-Z renral units.

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Great vid, shack, but is that a "Rental" garage? Where's all your man stuff? I mean I don't see tools or even a broom. hum must be one of those E-Z renral units.

I guess you've never seen Shack's garage whistle

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Thanks Guys and Gals!

I guess we will put up some more grin

I would also recommend getting a hex head bit for your driver instead of using a wrench and zip the screws right in.

Yes, this is a good idea. I would suggest using a drill with an adjustable drilling strength and set it light enough to drive the screw/bolt threw the Hyfax and into the sled, but soft enough to stop the screw/bolt when it bottoms out. If the setting on the drill is too hard/strong, when it bottoms out it will spin the screw/bolt and strip out the threads you have made into the plastic. Call me lazy, but I do not want to sit and have to hold each screw from the back side with an allen wrench and tighten on the up side with a ratchet. That would not be fun. You would almost need two people and flip the sled on it’s side.

Also, if you are like me, you have a drawer full of 1/8" allen wrenches. Sacrifice one and cut off about and 1 1/2" or 2" and chuck it up in the drill. Or, if you are lucky enough to have a 1/8" allen bit in a drill bit set, all the better.

Have fun guys when putting them on this weekend.

I think Hyfax is the way to go, hands down. For easy moving on ice and snow, controlling fish tailing of the sled and just gets your sled off the ice an inch or more for less freezing to the ice and easy pull out when you move.

If you spend the "big" money on a flip over sled style shack, the Hyfax is just a small (cheap) added feature to help out on the ice and make things last longer.

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Great video Shackbash.

I recently assembled my new Otter Lodge, and the hyfax kit was the most time consuming process, however I did it alone. With another person the job is much quicker and easier. But, it is worth it. The hyfax protects the sled and it seems to perform better while in tow.

I used a smaller size drill bit to thread the bolts into the plastic sled on the first bolts because the hyfax needed to make the bend at the front of the sled. Without doing that, I would have really suffered holding the hyfax down, putting a bolt through the hole and fasten the lock nut inside the sled.

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Where do I pick some up in the metro for an XL Wild Series Sled?

Does it make a huge difference when pulling by foot or is it more for preventative maintenance?

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Not sure if the "ease of pulling" has or can be quantified, but it won't be any harder to pull, and will protect the bottom of the sled and give it a longer life, no doubt about it.

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Quote:
Not sure if the "ease of pulling" has or can be quantified

I will second that.

The "ease of pulling" may be more said for behind a truck, wheeler or sled. I have noticed when pulling a friend’s sled with Hyfax, verses my old sled with out Hyfax a big reduction in fish tailing when pulling with a rope behind a sled or truck. I would say the sharp edges of the Hyfax bite the ice better and keep it straight.

I am sure if you put two sleds side by side and attached a scale to the hitch or rope and then pulled, it would take less pulling pressure to move the Hyfax sled. Not much diff., but ia sure a pound or so grin. I would not say the Hyfax has more or less resistance surface, but if you want to look at it this way, it would be like trying to glide across the ice with boots on, verses ice skates (I know it is extreme, but you get the picture).

Wearing of the sled is the major reason for Hyfax, first and foremost.

You can get Hyfax for your sled at

!!!Click Here For Otter Outdoors Hyfax Page!!!!!!!

Or like I did and Drive down to Thorne Bro's in Fridley. They have many in stock for all sizes. If you have an Otter Team Wild sled, the Otter Brand Hyfax will fit. I for get the size/model number for my 3 man series, but it was the 3rd largest set out of the 4 different sets of Hyfax Otter has offers. That or can contact Team Wild at www.Team-Wildoutdoors.com

A big double "that or", you can get them from the Ice Show in St. Paul this weekend. I am sure Thorne Bro's will have a discount sale going on, but many other vendors will have them also and I am sure on sale wink. If you going to the show, that is where I would buy them wink.

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Excellent. Thanks Dtro and Shack. Again, excellent video....keep up the great work and good luck if/when you get out this weekend!

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Fantastic Video!!!!

Thank you for that informational video. I wasn't thinking about putting Hyfax on my portable, but after seeing how easy it is, i might have to reconsider my thinking....

Thanks again Shackbash!

Redbeard5289

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Great Video Shack!

Is this a process you can do while the canvas is on your sled? What has been the easiest way for those who are too nervous to take their whole portable apart?

CA

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