Half 5 of Outdated to Up to date demonstrates how simply Bass Boat Applied sciences makes it so as to add fashionable electronics to your boat.





Compensate for the collection:

Half 1: Bass Boat Breakdown

Half 2: Bass Boat Inside Repairs

Half 3: Minn Kota Raptor Set up

Half 4: Bass Boat Repower

We’re transferring proper alongside, right here is Half 5 of “Outdated to Up to date.” On this installment I’ll show the method of changing present {hardware} on the sprint of my Ranger with customized parts from Bass Boat Applied sciences. I’m nonetheless past impressed with the choices BBT gives, they make customized elements for an especially lengthy listing of boats, even rigs considerably older than mine. With no firm like them, this challenge doesn’t occur. Interval.

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previous dash graph set-up

It is a take a look at the earlier set-up. As I stated in an earlier installment, I used to be on a funds and I’m a DIY kinda man, so I went that route. It labored for some time, however I outgrew this rigging shortly. Wait till you see the cleaned up, up to date model.

Original dash gauges

That is the unique sprint look. There are a couple of gauges, however solely a pair labored, and I solely wished two from this batch to stay intact. The tachometer and fuel gauge are the vital ones.




old dash mount

This spot initially had an older graph that wasn’t good for a lot, and once I eliminated it there was a “gaping wound” of a gap there. I figured a rigging job was so as. Due to the set-up you see right here, I needed to work round it to some extent for the brand new BBT mount. It ended up working, however this was working from Floor Zero. Learn on.

bass boad custom dash mount

This was the right-hand graph mount. There was already a Ram Mount positioned there once I purchased the boat, so I used the unique holes and upgraded. Clearly, this created some large holes within the console fiberglass, and I knew I must provide you with some type of patch job. Extra on that later. For now, this Ram base needed to come off.

another custom dash mount

Again to the left aspect, the mount and base is eliminated prepared for a customized re-rigging.


ranger dash mount

This practice plate is from Bass Boat Applied sciences. That is the place I’d transfer the tach and gasoline gauges. Once more, the brilliance of BBT and the way they deliberate for every thing amazed me all through this course of. This was a straightforward and enticing adjustment to make.

original top dash area

Right here is one other take a look at the unique top-center sprint with three gauges, tach, speedo and gasoline. That metallic plate that holds all three gauges is what the brand new BBT mount will change. The tach and gasoline gauge shall be moved to the underside left.

top center dash old gauges removed.

Here’s a image of the unique prime gauges eliminated.

labeled tachometer connection

That is the tach connection. I went forward and labeled every connection that was there beforehand. A be aware price remembering: The unique speedo is measured by water, if you take away that hose, water will come within the boat if you run the motor. I simply folded it over a couple of occasions and ziptied it closed. In any other case, you’ll have water pouring in your leg.

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Why am I eliminating the speedometer? It’s by no means labored, and I take advantage of the GPS speedo. This was a straightforward merchandise to eliminate and make house for a greater sprint organizational system.

fuel gauge and tachometer

These are the 2 gauges I’m relocating to the lower-left place.

BBT mockup

Right here is the plate in place, however not but hooked up. As you may see, there may be some pre-existing molded plastic that can want eliminated as a way to place the 2 gauges.

plastic removal

Right here is the part outlined in black marker. For the faceplate to suit with the gauges, I wanted to take away that small part.

boat dash work with grinder

It was not straightforward to determine the way to reduce that half out of there. The quickest and best method was with a grinder. It was a bit messy, however in the long run it labored.

boat gauges from rear

Here’s a view of the relocated gauges from the rear and within the console. This entire space wanted some cleansing up for every thing to slot in properly. In case you ever deal with a challenge like this, keep versatile and don’t be afraid to kinda power match issues. The top result’s an superior improve.

finished gauges in new spot

The gauges are totally put in and searching good. The innovation on this system are spectacular, and though there have been some inconsistencies within the boat based mostly on my final renovations, the BBT merchandise labored splendidly right here.

top center dash ready for install

Shifting again as much as the highest heart of the sprint, the unique plate is eliminated and it’s prepared for the remainder of the BBT bracket.

main bbt dash bracket installed

Right here the principle BBT sprint bracket is put in. It would help two Helix 10s. However there’s extra to wrap up but.

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That small screw you see within the center, beneath the principle platform, properly matches into the present holes that the earlier and unique faceplate was hooked up to. An extended screwdriver with the star bit sends it proper in. Make certain the driving force you employ has a magnetic finish to carry the bit in, in any other case you’ll drop it throughout this course of. Belief me.

bbt dash mount for helix

This view signifies how it’s put in, however there may be nonetheless a remaining half so as to add but.

BBT faceplate at dash mount

The BBT “faceplate” not solely improves the aesthetics of the mount, however it additionally protects the wires as they arrive via the console.

gimbals mounted on BBT dash mount

Right here the Humminbird Helix 10 gimbals are mounted on the baseplate of the BBT mount. As you may see, the built-in slots supply a lot of choices to regulate the graphs to suit your desired consolation. BBT considered every thing with regards to customized becoming electronics to the boat.

bbt dash mount configuration

Right here’s one other view of the put in BBT sprint mount with the Humminbird Gimbals additionally hooked up. You’ll discover the coloured electrical tape once more, that’s to assist me preserve observe of what unit is the place and the way it’s plugged into energy. Consistency helps troubleshooting when issues get goofy, and belief me this can be a main time-saver.

closeup of BBT dash mount

Right here’s a close-up of the BBT faceplate on the sprint mount. You may see the simply adjustable knobs that assist you to get the proper place. Then you definately’ll discover rubber knob on the correct behind the righthand gimbal, that factor is mainly a shock absorber, and is supposed to be adjusted to supply again help for the unit. That is particularly useful if you end up in tough waters. They’re simply adjustable.

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Right here it’s totally put in and with the wires run into place. You’ll discover once more how the colours are coordinated. This step makes life straightforward, belief me. Colour coordinate and label every thing.

hummingbird helix 10 added to BBT dash mount

Right here is the primary of two Humminbird Helix 10s put in on the BBT sprint mount. Seems to be superior.

dash mount rear adjustment

Right here’s one other take a look at the rear of the unit. Make certain it sits far sufficient out from the sprint to successfully match the wiring. And you may regulate the rear help knob to brace the unit.

dash mount pre-repair

Bear in mind this ugly factor? It served its function, however with the improve this needed to go. And it wasn’t going to be fairly.

fiberglass holes

I instructed you it was ugly. I checked out photos returned by a number of searches on the googles about the way to restore this, and wanting an costly fiberglass restore job, I got here up with a straightforward and efficient resolution.

more fiberglass holes

Right here’s one other take a look at the holes. I typically used this space on the opposite-side console as a step, so I assumed why not make it simpler on myself.

bass boat grip tape

I reduce a chunk of grip tape to considerably match the spot I meant to sometimes step, and it properly lined these ugly holes. I name this an excellent easy and simple repair.

passenger side grip tape

To maintain issues congruent, I added one other piece to the opposite aspect, and albeit it matched up completely, has been extremely helpful and doesn’t look dangerous in any respect. This replace may not be for everyone, however his drawback was one which intimidated me from the phrase go. I’m glad it labored out this fashion.

fully installed dash bbt double graph mount

With each Humminbird Helix 10s put in, this can be a unbelievable clear improve that I’m very pleased with. It wasn’t overly time consuming, however it actually demanded consideration to some particulars. I actually can’t say sufficient about Bass Boat Applied sciences and the way they went to nice lengths to completely customise their sturdy mounts to an previous boat like mine.

Extra to return. Keep tuned.



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