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#11449042 - 03/01/16 09:43 AM installing Talons
JBT84 Offline
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Registered: 03/16/15
Posts: 33
Loc: Flower Mound
buddy and I are thinking about doing the install ourselves - have watched some videos and it doesn't seem like much to get the folding brackets bolted on to the jack plate - any tips/advice would be greatly appreciated and if we are crazy and are better off having it done professionally don't hold back

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#11449086 - 03/01/16 10:01 AM Re: installing Talons [Re: JBT84]
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nothing to it.. just be ready for your performance and holeshot disappear...
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#11449389 - 03/01/16 11:46 AM Re: installing Talons [Re: JBT84]
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Registered: 01/09/04
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Loc: Allen, Texas
Easy install. I didn't see any performance change and you shouldn't either if the height is set correctly. The only change is if you only install one the boat will steer to one side or the other when idling but your dragging something in the water so that should be no surprise.

Install is a breeze..
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#11449460 - 03/01/16 12:22 PM Re: installing Talons [Re: JBT84]
JBT84 Offline
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Registered: 03/16/15
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Loc: Flower Mound
great, thanks guys!

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#11449790 - 03/01/16 02:35 PM Re: installing Talons [Re: JBT84]
GOLFnFISH86 Offline
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Registered: 04/02/12
Posts: 34
Loc: Tyler,TX
Raise them up really high, can't tell that any performance was lost but will say that when coming off planet trim the motor down and accelerate at the last second or water comes over the back on the champion.

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#11449851 - 03/01/16 02:59 PM Re: installing Talons [Re: JBT84]
WillieKetchum Offline
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Registered: 06/11/15
Posts: 547
Loc: Huntsville, TX
You do want to mount the brackets fairly high on the jackplate. I mounted mine where the top of the bracket is flush with the top of the jackplate. That really isn't high enough. I get quite a bit of drag in the Champion. So mount the brackets high and you can adjust the depth of the Talons to offset the brackets height.

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#11450030 - 03/01/16 04:08 PM Re: installing Talons [Re: JBT84]
armadillo joe Offline
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Registered: 04/22/05
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I have a sandwich mount on mine because when I got the Talon the jack plate mount was not compatable with my jack plate. But I believe they changed the mount a bit so it lined up on more plates without reworking the mount.


Edited by armadillo joe (03/01/16 04:14 PM)

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#11450042 - 03/01/16 04:14 PM Re: installing Talons [Re: JBT84]
SK1 Offline
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Registered: 05/27/14
Posts: 294
Be sure and let us know how it went. I'm thinking of installing a set of 8ft blades on my skeeter. Seems to be fairly simple based on what I've seen online.

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#11450185 - 03/01/16 05:32 PM Re: installing Talons [Re: JBT84]
JBT84 Offline
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Registered: 03/16/15
Posts: 33
Loc: Flower Mound
Thanks for the tips, I'll try and get some pics/updates and let y'all know how it goes - afraid we may have to drill or get new brackets for our jack plate but will know for sure when my buddy gets here with the brackets

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#11450226 - 03/01/16 06:01 PM Re: installing Talons [Re: JBT84]
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Registered: 12/29/11
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Loc: Humble, Texas
Depending on your JP and bracket your sandwich type mount does not have to be installed between transom and motor. If your bracket comes with spacers you have this option and if it doesn't you can easily make some.



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#11450330 - 03/01/16 07:01 PM Re: installing Talons [Re: JBT84]
brennansgrandpa Offline
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Registered: 04/06/08
Posts: 360
Be methodical, read the instructions twice and keep in mind that finishing fast has no rewards attached to it. Be sure to use the tube of lubricant on the threads as those lock nuts are a bugger if you make a mistake and try to remove them.
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#11450544 - 03/01/16 08:31 PM Re: installing Talons [Re: JBT84]
JBT84 Offline
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Registered: 03/16/15
Posts: 33
Loc: Flower Mound
First casualty was the swim ladder, we had to remove that and with the mounting brackets we've got there is no room for it no clue how to post pics from my phone but I am taking them and will try and get somewhat of a step by step when I'm done

To get some extra height we used the spacer hole instead of the normal top mounting slot

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#11450620 - 03/01/16 08:57 PM Re: installing Talons [Re: JBT84]
rowlettfisherman Offline
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Registered: 01/25/12
Posts: 807
I did mine by myself. About 2hrs on first one. Little over an hour on the second


Edited by rowlettfisherman (03/01/16 08:57 PM)

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#11450977 - 03/02/16 05:54 AM Re: installing Talons [Re: JBT84]
Jim N Offline
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Registered: 04/12/05
Posts: 413
Loc: Houston
What most everyone above said applies.....also, remember to tilt the talons forward slightly, you want them vertical when the boat is on the water at an angle.....not when it's on the trailer......

A smaller boat, 18-19 like mine will lose some top end and holeshot...most boats bigger will be fine.
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#11451084 - 03/02/16 07:23 AM Re: installing Talons [Re: JBT84]
KLAPPER Offline
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Registered: 09/10/15
Posts: 327
Loc: Jacksboro Texas
I installed mine on a 17'6" lowe stinger with a 50hp and noticed no negative effects from it hole [censored] is the same and tip end is the same, I mounted it 4" from the bottom of the transom like the recommend and I don't get any spray when taking off either
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