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#11341266 - 01/12/16 11:54 AM Minn Kota Fortrex Creaks when Deployed
Huckleberry Offline
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Registered: 10/10/07
Posts: 16701
Loc: Lake Gaston, VA
anyone else experience this. I've sprayed WD40 on every mechanical joint I could find and it still creaks like hell when deployed. The only other thing I'm guessing it could be is the hydraulic strut itself. Maybe it needs to be replaced.


Edited by Huckleberry (01/12/16 11:54 AM)

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#11341307 - 01/12/16 12:16 PM Re: Minn Kota Fortrex Creaks when Deployed [Re: Huckleberry]
Tracker Tim Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/25/06
Posts: 2725
Loc: Murphy, TX
Did you spray the spring that lets the shaft tilt when you run into a stump?

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#11341310 - 01/12/16 12:17 PM Re: Minn Kota Fortrex Creaks when Deployed [Re: Tracker Tim]
Huckleberry Offline
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Registered: 10/10/07
Posts: 16701
Loc: Lake Gaston, VA
Originally Posted By: Tracker Tim
Did you spray the spring that lets the shaft tilt when you run into a stump?


I sprayed everything


Edited by Huckleberry (01/12/16 12:18 PM)

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#11341383 - 01/12/16 12:42 PM Re: Minn Kota Fortrex Creaks when Deployed [Re: Huckleberry]
ring fry Offline
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Registered: 10/25/02
Posts: 5524
Loc: Fort Scott, Ks.
Mine is the same. I had my boat at the car wash and sprayed the hell out of my Fortrex with soap and then rinse. It helped for a while, but it collects dust and squeaks fairly quick.

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#11341408 - 01/12/16 12:53 PM Re: Minn Kota Fortrex Creaks when Deployed [Re: Huckleberry]
COHLMEYER Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 10/21/08
Posts: 3741
Loc: Weatherford, TX
It's normal. Old and new do the same. It's allocer the BBC and I think there have been discussions on TFF in the past.

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#11341449 - 01/12/16 01:11 PM Re: Minn Kota Fortrex Creaks when Deployed [Re: Huckleberry]
Jersey Dan Offline
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Registered: 01/01/07
Posts: 6402
Loc: your sisters house
Minn Kota will rebuild your mount bracket for you for $500.

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#11341463 - 01/12/16 01:21 PM Re: Minn Kota Fortrex Creaks when Deployed [Re: Jersey Dan]
Andrew Y'Barbo Offline
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Registered: 06/25/12
Posts: 1193
Loc: Lufkin Texas
Originally Posted By: Jersey Dan
Minn Kota will rebuild your mount bracket for you for $500.


The Fortrex is supper simple to work on. I completely rebuild one and replaced a few broken parts for 50$ The Parts are cheap!!

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#11341505 - 01/12/16 01:48 PM Re: Minn Kota Fortrex Creaks when Deployed [Re: Huckleberry]
Bugzout10 Online   content
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Registered: 06/23/13
Posts: 3947
Loc: Weatherford Tx
Mine does and it drives me nuts 2 years old

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#11341763 - 01/12/16 03:58 PM Re: Minn Kota Fortrex Creaks when Deployed [Re: Huckleberry]
Huckleberry Offline
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Registered: 10/10/07
Posts: 16701
Loc: Lake Gaston, VA
I can't figure out where it is coming from

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#11341789 - 01/12/16 04:16 PM Re: Minn Kota Fortrex Creaks when Deployed [Re: Huckleberry]
Jake Shannon(Skeet4Life) Online   content
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Registered: 10/31/10
Posts: 7478
Loc: Tyler, Tx/Arlington, Tx
I have not been supper impressed with the durability of the mount. I have replaced those stupid plastic bushings 4 times and the plastic bar that locks the motor down once.

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#11341798 - 01/12/16 04:18 PM Re: Minn Kota Fortrex Creaks when Deployed [Re: Huckleberry]
Bassalong Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 02/08/05
Posts: 774
Loc: Iowa
Same here. I sprayed mine and it helped for a bit. I can't really tell if it is in the retractable mount or the spring thing that lets the motor flex on collision. I still catch fish close to the boat. I don't know if it's as much of a deterrent as the pressure wave you get when you hit the power. Hate it just the same.

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#11341809 - 01/12/16 04:23 PM Re: Minn Kota Fortrex Creaks when Deployed [Re: Huckleberry]
Bassalong Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 02/08/05
Posts: 774
Loc: Iowa
Actually, mine is not creaking as it's deployed, but when I have it turned at an angle and hit the power.

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#11342050 - 01/12/16 06:41 PM Re: Minn Kota Fortrex Creaks when Deployed [Re: Huckleberry]
Charlesg35 Offline
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Registered: 01/08/16
Posts: 17
Loc: Oklahoma City, OK
I thinking that few of the folks posting here have been Motorguide owners in the past.
The Minn Kota is far and away quieter than the motorquides I've had on previous boats. Yes, I've bent the "unbreakable" shaft twice, had to replace the plastic parts another poster referenced, have to apply grease to the pivot points and lock mechanism. Still yet I'll replace it with another Minn Kota if or when I feel the need to. It's been a great product, never failed me at the lake. Love the "return to center" feature on the foot control. (still don't know how that works?)
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#11342072 - 01/12/16 06:57 PM Re: Minn Kota Fortrex Creaks when Deployed [Re: Huckleberry]
Basslikeme Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/06/03
Posts: 1537
Loc: Texas
My 2011 was doing the same thing. Minn Kota replaced it under warranty.


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#11342224 - 01/12/16 08:16 PM Re: Minn Kota Fortrex Creaks when Deployed [Re: Huckleberry]
NickHasty Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 12/11/11
Posts: 1298
Loc: Yankee Land U.S.A
The fortrex is junk. If I were to buy another cable steer itd be a maxxum. I had nothing but problems w my fortrex, always maintaining that mount, you shouldn't need to do that. Just my opinion.

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