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#11089847 - 09/08/15 09:34 AM composite shaft is breaking my heart!! HELP ME
johnathonmharding Offline
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Registered: 01/14/15
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Loc: Houston county, Grapeland
I have a minnkota on my boat with the composite shaft i hit a stump head trolling motor bent all the way under boat shaft flexed back into place but has a little bend you can bearly see, foot pedal is hard to turn one direction but easy the other sounds like fingers on a chalkboard! Would it be a bent bushing or that shaft?? Its 150 bucks for new shaft installed!!
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#11089881 - 09/08/15 09:59 AM Re: composite shaft is breaking my heart!! HELP ME [Re: johnathonmharding]
MATT REGAN Offline
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Registered: 10/03/07
Posts: 310
Loc: FORT WORTH
Has happened to me. First try to move shaft up and down if it wont move easy the top shaft is bent.Then look at the mount real close. Last time I had to replace upper shaft and mount at a cost of around 500.00, hope yours is not as bad. Good luck.

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#11090671 - 09/08/15 05:16 PM Re: composite shaft is breaking my heart!! HELP ME [Re: johnathonmharding]
johnathonmharding Offline
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I can move it up about 3 inches then thats all shell move
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#11090925 - 09/08/15 07:29 PM Re: composite shaft is breaking my heart!! HELP ME [Re: johnathonmharding]
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#11091271 - 09/08/15 10:48 PM Re: composite shaft is breaking my heart!! HELP ME [Re: johnathonmharding]
johnathonmharding Offline
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Getting the receipt and heading to longview it looks like!!! Dang sure dnt wanna spend 500 i spent 600 to repair my last trolling motor worked for about 10 mins and died so paid to get a new 1 then i hammer a stump
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#11091300 - 09/08/15 11:24 PM Re: composite shaft is breaking my heart!! HELP ME [Re: johnathonmharding]
Bobby Milam Offline
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Registered: 07/13/14
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Loc: Arlington
this is the 2nd or third post about the shafts in the last few days. How fast were you going to damage it? I've hit stumps with mine and it flexes a bit but not very much.

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#11091872 - 09/09/15 09:49 AM Re: composite shaft is breaking my heart!! HELP ME [Re: johnathonmharding]
johnathonmharding Offline
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Loc: Houston county, Grapeland
Getting blow with the currentnot very fast but 2500lbs is s bit to stop! I believe its the metal tube above the shaft thats bent
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#11092687 - 09/09/15 02:51 PM Re: composite shaft is breaking my heart!! HELP ME [Re: johnathonmharding]
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Registered: 03/27/05
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Loc: Kaufman
The composite shaft on my riptide is cracked in several places right where the mount holds it. I was cruising down a creek, with the current, and TM on high when it caught on a submerged laydown. Right before I hit the 49degree water I saw the prop of the TM almost touching the keel of my boat (it flexed that much). I then proceeded to use the motor housing as a step to get back in the boat, and headed back to camp for some warm dry clothes. Less than 2hrs later I was back fishing, and the TM has functioned fine since then. I have been meaning to get the shaft replaced, just haven't done so yet.

They are tough for sure, but obviously not indestructible.
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#11092876 - 09/09/15 04:17 PM Re: composite shaft is breaking my heart!! HELP ME [Re: johnathonmharding]
Bobby Milam Offline
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Originally Posted By: johnathonmharding
Getting blow with the currentnot very fast but 2500lbs is s bit to stop! I believe its the metal tube above the shaft thats bent


That makes sense. My boat isn't that heavy so that explains it

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#11092935 - 09/09/15 04:49 PM Re: composite shaft is breaking my heart!! HELP ME [Re: johnathonmharding]
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Registered: 05/01/11
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Loc: NE Texas/SW Arkansas
The composite shaft will NOT retain a bend. It will flex when you hit something. If force is held with it in a flexed position, it will break. If it's hard to steer, the upper shaft is bent and the composite is probably OK. Apx $125.00 fix in my shop. The composite is guaranteed for life to the original purchaser -- receipt required. After the initial warranty period, the labor to install is on the customer, but the shaft is replaced under lifetime warranty. If your shaft is cracked, as mentioned above, good chance water is getting into the trolling motor.
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#11110932 - 09/18/15 12:54 AM Re: composite shaft is breaking my heart!! HELP ME [Re: johnathonmharding]
johnathonmharding Offline
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Registered: 01/14/15
Posts: 218
Loc: Houston county, Grapeland
Replaced it myself had some parts in my shop from an old burnt up trolling motor about 30mins i had it changed out back to working smooth again!
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#11117894 - 09/21/15 02:14 PM Re: composite shaft is breaking my heart!! HELP ME [Re: johnathonmharding]
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I don't know about in breakable. I shattered the shaft into on my saltwater rig when I first got it. Warranty covered it.
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#11119089 - 09/21/15 11:38 PM Re: composite shaft is breaking my heart!! HELP ME [Re: johnathonmharding]
DKennimer Offline
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Registered: 03/01/10
Posts: 2884
Loc: Plano/Fork
I've bent a few outer tubes over the years. When I bend one, I usually order two. They are only $18.00. Check the bearings, better yet, replace them while in there.

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#11134758 - 09/29/15 10:33 AM Re: composite shaft is breaking my heart!! HELP ME [Re: johnathonmharding]
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Registered: 02/26/14
Posts: 561
Loc: Lake Fork
i replace them for 100 bucks. minn kota will cover the cost of the shaft, just not the labor. your shaft isnt broken though, it's your outer tube. i can replace that also, for 110 out the door.
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