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#11680018 - 06/21/16 10:28 AM Helix 7 Install-Got to drill big hole in console!
buggsboy Offline
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Registered: 07/22/11
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OK guys, I'm wanting to install my new Bird Helix 7 in my Tracker Pro 170 and a handyman I ain't. One of the things required, is to drill a 1 inch hole through the plastic console for routing the power and transducer wires. So here's the question: what type of drill bit should be used to cut a nice smooth hole through 3/8 inch plastic, hole-saw bit, standard bit, etc.? Thanks, I need to get this right the first time.

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#11680052 - 06/21/16 10:42 AM Re: Helix 7 Install-Got to drill big hole in console! [Re: buggsboy]
Clouser Offline
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Unibit.expensive but makes a nice clean hole. If you have a Fastenal or Harbor Frieght a lot cheaper seeing your not cutting through metal, just drill slow.

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#11680061 - 06/21/16 10:44 AM Re: Helix 7 Install-Got to drill big hole in console! [Re: buggsboy]
Wayne P. Offline
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Registered: 11/16/10
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Loc: Charlottesville, Va
Originally Posted By: buggsboy
OK guys, I'm wanting to install my new Bird Helix 7 in my Tracker Pro 170 and a handyman I ain't. One of the things required, is to drill a 1 inch hole through the plastic console for routing the power and transducer wires. So here's the question: what type of drill bit should be used to cut a nice smooth hole through 3/8 inch plastic, hole-saw bit, standard bit, etc.? Thanks, I need to get this right the first time.


Where on the console will you be putting the Helix 7?

I have a Tracker PT 170 TX

I have done this:



This:



This:



This:



Now setup with the ONIX 10 on the console, a 1198 beside the console and the Helix 12 at the bow. Have not taken a picture of that yet.
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#11680124 - 06/21/16 11:14 AM Re: Helix 7 Install-Got to drill big hole in console! [Re: buggsboy]
buggsboy Offline
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Registered: 07/22/11
Posts: 195
Loc: Carthage, Tx/Lake Fork
I am using a Ram mount and putting the Helix 7 in the spot where the OEM Lowrance Elite 3X now sits. The Elite 3X is going up front.......for now. I am cutting a plate to cover the hole where the Lowrance unit now sits, and the Ram mount will attach to the plate. In looking at your setup, I may now mount my unit a little back where yours is, and route the wires through the existing hole under the Lowrance unit. Thanks for showing your setup, helps a lot.


Edited by buggsboy (06/21/16 11:19 AM)

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#11680160 - 06/21/16 11:25 AM Re: Helix 7 Install-Got to drill big hole in console! [Re: buggsboy]
buggsboy Offline
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Closer, thanks for the advice on the unibit. I live in a real small town, but we do have a Fastenal store. I'll check it out.

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#11680176 - 06/21/16 11:32 AM Re: Helix 7 Install-Got to drill big hole in console! [Re: buggsboy]
Wayne P. Offline
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Registered: 11/16/10
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Loc: Charlottesville, Va
There is a cable management base that goes under a RAM ball mount to route the cables through. That is what I have on the dash.

Use that and the RAM over the hole that you already have.


Edited by Wayne P. (06/21/16 11:33 AM)
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#11680503 - 06/21/16 02:42 PM Re: Helix 7 Install-Got to drill big hole in console! [Re: buggsboy]
Wayne P. Offline
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Registered: 11/16/10
Posts: 3440
Loc: Charlottesville, Va
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#11680647 - 06/21/16 03:53 PM Re: Helix 7 Install-Got to drill big hole in console! [Re: buggsboy]
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Wayne is da man!
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#11682022 - 06/22/16 10:54 AM Re: Helix 7 Install-Got to drill big hole in console! [Re: buggsboy]
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I swear Wayne gets an email every time someone posts the word Humminbird on a public forum.

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#11683695 - 06/22/16 11:45 PM Re: Helix 7 Install-Got to drill big hole in console! [Re: buggsboy]
buggsboy Offline
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Registered: 07/22/11
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Loc: Carthage, Tx/Lake Fork
My cable management base plate is being shipped, and hopefully will be here Friday. Thanks everyone.

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