Learning how to install a kicker motor steering rod can optimize the uses of your old kicking motor. If the motor works fine, but you don’t have anything to steer it with, than you’ve come to the right place. Installing a steering rod for your kicker motor can seem like a tricky task at first, but with a little patience, it’s fairly easy to do. If you think you’re ready to tackle this task, then take a look at this list of tools you’ll need.
To install your own kicker motor steering rod, you’ll need the following:
- Electric drill
- Screws & washers
- Replacement steering rod
- Remove your old steering rod. If you’ve already removed your old steering rod, than you may skip to step two. If not, begin by unattaching all of your old wires that are connected to your steering rod. Next, if your steering rod is attached via screws, than use your electric drill to remove these screws. Some kicker motors will be a little harder to remove and may require the use of a hacksaw.
- Install your new steering rod. Make sure that you connect all of your old cords to your new steering rod before attempting to attach it to your kicker. Next, set your new steering rod into place where your old one was placed. Now use your drill with screws and washers to install your new steering rod. Make sure to use caution when installing your new steering rod. Don’t use screws larger than the ones that were used on your previous steering rod. The last thing you want to drill into is a precise part of your motor!
When choosing your new steering rod, try and choose one that is both comfortable and durable. You’ll want a comfortable one that you’ll hopefully be using plenty of times this summer! Like any new projects for your boat, they’re a great excuse to get back out on the water. Make sure to use caution in installing your new steering rod, then get out on the lake and make some waves!