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#10792742 - 04/24/15 06:57 AM Any pics/recommendations for LSS transducer install on a step?
SLABXPRESS Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 05/17/02
Posts: 1900
Loc: Teague/Lewisville, Texas
Alright Bass Boat guys, I know there have to be a few of you out there that can help me on this one.

Just bought a new-to-me Ranger that has the step under the transome. Need to install my Lowrance LSS2 transducer, but I want to make sure I mount it the best way possible and get it right the first time.
Would really appreciate some input and especially some pictures of your installs.

Anyone used the wedge type mounting plates that go between transducer and boat? Also, can I assume everyone glasses in their other transducer?
Boat is a Ranger Reatta 180vs (no jack plate).

Any input would be appreciated!
Thanks!

Eric
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#10792843 - 04/24/15 07:46 AM Re: Any pics/recommendations for LSS transducer install on a step? [Re: SLABXPRESS]
Chuck N. Wind Offline
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Registered: 06/12/08
Posts: 432
Loc: Celina, TX
Check out sternmate.com
There are pics of a Ranger step install there.
No screws.
Measure your length to be sure it will fit and not get hit by the engine at any trim or steering angle.

I have seen others just screw it to the step (if the step is long enough). Measure twice, make that about 5-10 times, drill once, countersink holes, and seal it all with 3M 5200.
Since the LSS transducer has temperature, a shoot through hull epoxy mount in the bilge seems to be most common for the 2D transducer.
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#10793683 - 04/24/15 12:34 PM Re: Any pics/recommendations for LSS transducer install on a step? [Re: SLABXPRESS]
SLABXPRESS Offline
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Registered: 05/17/02
Posts: 1900
Loc: Teague/Lewisville, Texas
I wonder...
Does the LSS need to be offset from where the 2D transducer sits in the bilge area?
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#10793885 - 04/24/15 01:33 PM Re: Any pics/recommendations for LSS transducer install on a step? [Re: SLABXPRESS]
Hodge Offline
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Registered: 07/07/13
Posts: 8
Mount on step no need to offset. Mount so cord is to the back of transom when you are done you will have to go in to setup on unit and flip transducer or it will read backwards.(If there is room on step)


Edited by Hodge (04/24/15 01:34 PM)

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#10794446 - 04/24/15 04:55 PM Re: Any pics/recommendations for LSS transducer install on a step? [Re: SLABXPRESS]
Flyer Offline
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Registered: 04/22/13
Posts: 477
Loc: East TX
I think it reads flip left / right.

I made a bracket for mine that mounts off of my jackplate about 3 or 4 inches under the bottom. I can get a good side scan up to about 5 mph, and usable up to about 6.5 mph, a little higher if the wells are full. It's all about keeping the motor trimmed up so it shoves the ducer down further in the water.

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#10810008 - 04/30/15 05:27 PM Re: Any pics/recommendations for LSS transducer install on a step? [Re: SLABXPRESS]
SLABXPRESS Offline
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Registered: 05/17/02
Posts: 1900
Loc: Teague/Lewisville, Texas
Thanks for the input!
Wondering....
With a flush mount up under the step...
Has anyone ever had any issues with the sides of the step blocking a wide scan (say 80-120' in shallow water)? Appears as though the sides, being 4-6" below the transducer, might partially interfere with a wide scan like that. Then again, maybe I'm overthinking it.
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