In Half 3 of overhauling an older bass boat to a totally trendy rig, Thomas Allen rigs Minn Kota Raptors on the again of the boat.

In Half 3 of Outdated to Up to date, I’m engaged on putting in shallow-water anchors on my 2007 Ranger Z20. The next images present a step-by-step course of to putting in Minn Kota Raptors, together with the errors I made and classes realized alongside the way in which. In the event you’re severe about bass fishing North to South, pure lake to reservoirs, you could possibly simply justify a pair of Raptors. And albeit, one will solely frustrate you—two is the deal and an asset you’ll by no means remorse.

Make amends for the collection:

Half 1: Bass Boat Breakdown

Half 2: Bass Boat Inside Repairs

minn kota raptor mounting bracket

It’s essential to notice that there’s a left (port) and proper (starboard) to the mounting brackets, as they rig on both facet of the jack plate. For the most effective boat safety, having the Raptors deploy out at an angle fairly than straight out the again of the boat will maintain the boat finest. I discussed above about getting two Raptors over one, I can guarantee you that one may maintain you sorta regular, however it can solely trigger frustration. I’ve tried the one shallow-water-anchor factor after which utilized my bow mount’s Spot-Lock and it doesn’t work. You’ll not remorse putting in a pair of them.

jack plate up

I’ve a TH Marine Atlas Hydraulic Jack Plate on my boat, which is crucial for max efficiency. Through the Raptor set up course of, I discovered that having the jack plate raised all the way in which up allowed for the most effective entry to finish the mission. I banged my knuckles and mentioned a couple of cusswords earlier than I figured this out.

Rigid impact drill

This 18-volt affect drill has been among the best investments I’ve made in my instrument store, and I don’t care what model you get, however get one. In relation to tackling DIY tasks like this—or blown tires on the roadside—this factor has been a lifesaver on multiple event.

jack plate bolt position

I had Minn Kota Talons Minn Kota Talons on the boat earlier than, which had been superior—rock-solid anchoring system. Once I put in these, I realized that bolt place was essential when putting in the mounting brackets. I’ve discovered that when contemplating aesthetics and performance, operating the bolts from the skin in works finest. But when it is advisable take away the jack plate, the Raptors will clearly want to return off first. Simply value noting.

Minn kota raptor bracket installed

Right here is the bracket put in and prepared for the Raptor.

minn kota raptor torque specs

The directions name for torquing the bolts on the Raptor brackets to 50-foot-pounds. Crank it down as referred to as for.


Torque wrenches are cheap and a instrument value having for a lot of causes. For this job, set it to 50 and crank it till it clicks a few instances.

minn kota bracket torque wrench

Whereas I’ve by no means had these bolts and nuts come unfastened, it’s a great observe to examine them at the least as soon as per 12 months. Simply get into the behavior of constructing positive.

Minn kota raptor bolt bracket

So, take it from me, preserve this crimson bracket thingy on the primary bracket. It holds the bolts in place in case you’re compelled to mount the Raptor by your self. I took one in every of them off and getting it again on was robust. They’re there to make your life simpler, and so they’ll simply pop proper off when you’ve set the Raptor and began the nuts.

minn kota raptor

Right here is the Raptor put in and centered. However since I’ve not put in the pumps it received’t stow fully. Extra on this course of later.

minn kota raptor

The method of putting in the Raptor brackets and anchors was not a troublesome course of, however there are a couple of extra steps to finish the duty. Extra on that later.

minn kota raptor

The method is almost equivalent to put in the opposite facet Minn Kota Raptor. Learn your directions and it’ll be simple.

2007 ranger z20 oil reservoir

Right here’s an image from a earlier installment that reveals the oil reservoir in my boat. As I discussed, my motor is a 2-stroke and requires blended oil and gasoline, and this tank holds he oil. It created an issue when starting the Raptor hydraulic pump course of. Possibly sometime I’ll upgrated to a Yamaha SHO!

minn kota raptor pump bracket

Okay, this picture tells lots of tales. First off, the underside platform reveals a circle, which is the place a spare prop was initially saved. I needed to sacrifice that goal to make the most of the world for a 3rd battery for my 36-volt Minn Kota Ultrex, and I positioned it horizontally on this compartment. However that was properly earlier than I made a decision to put in Raptors. The bracket you see on the left is to carry one of many Raptor hydraulic pumps. However to make it work on this atmosphere, I wanted to accommodate the oil reservoir that’s on to the left, which meant I needed to raise the bottom of the pump up about half an inch and cut back the attain of the bolts as they got here into the bracket from the reservoir facet. The washers you see on the platform principally had been used for spacers on the underside and the again. Learn on …

raptor pump

Right here is the primary Raptor hydraulic pump absolutely put in.


Right here’s the second bracket practically put in, and you’ll see how the washers had been positioned to bracket. The bolts you see protruding from the left the place the oil reservoir is definitely screw into the again of the Raptor pump, which has pressed-in bushings. The bolts they arrive with are lengthy sufficient to eclipse thicker decks, however in my case, they had been too lengthy and bottomed out the bushings. Due to this fact, I added a handful of washers to safe it completely. It was a rigging job, for positive.

minn kota raptor pumps installed

Right here’s a view clustered view of the compartment that not solely holds each the third battery for my trolling motor system, but in addition each pumps for the Raptors. I’ll be trustworthy, I didn’t measure the house earlier than I put in every thing, so perhaps I bought fortunate that all of it match so completely—perhaps not fortunate. Backside line is the unique structure was not meant to accommodate all this expertise, however in case you get artistic and keep on with the imaginative and prescient, you’ll ultimately make all of it work.


In the event you’ve by no means crammed hydraulic tanks and features, right here’s an essential tip. You’ll must do it a couple of instances. Fill the reservoirs as much as the highest, then deploy the anchor and stow it. Then you definitely’ll want so as to add extra oil. And also you’ll must rinse and repeat as many instances as it is advisable fill to the road. Oh, and don’t drop a kind of crimson reservoir lids within the backside of the boat, otherwise you’ll say some horrible phrases … Take it from me.

minn kota raptor oil fill

A protracted-neck funnel will make your life simpler and think about that you just’ll probably must prime off the reservoirs after your first journey on the water. You’ll want to totally lengthen the anchors to fully fill the strains—and meaning a refill on the water. Take the oil and funnel with you your first journey out.

minn kota pumps installed

I made a decision to label every pump in order that if I ever must troubleshoot, that is one query I received’t have to determine when below the gun. This was simple and made sense.

minn kota raptor remotes

The Raptors will work in sync with a double-tap o the distant. Learn the included directions to set them up. It’s a bit of cake.

minn kota stomp switches

The Minn Kota Raptor Wi-fi Stomp Swap–Bluetooth are important for fast and efficient deployment. They’re arrange the identical approach the hand remotes are.

raptor Bluetooth stomp switch

That is the place I want for the stomp switches. The “Down” change requires a double faucet, and the “Up” change requires one faucet to deploy the Raptors. This place completely creates the quickest outcomes.

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