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#12014208 - 01/01/17 11:23 AM Xi5 or Ultrex?
Jacob Offline
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Registered: 05/31/08
Posts: 16350
Loc: Deep East Tx
I'm about to make a big investment in the next couple of months. Trying to decide which to purchase. I've heard a few problems from the Xi5, but haven't heard anything so far on the Ultrex because it's so new. Any opinions?
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#12014243 - 01/01/17 11:40 AM Re: Xi5 or Ultrex? [Re: Jacob]
getbent956 Offline
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Registered: 01/13/08
Posts: 184
I will give my opinion Wednesday on ultrex, but guy who installed mine liked it a lot. He took it out to make sure everything was working. Did work on my Onix also. I am using mine to bass fish so that's why I got an ultrex. If I was just crappie fishing I might have gone with the xi5 due to its anchor capability and track record. I am just hoping the Ultrex is as advertised.


Edited by getbent956 (01/01/17 11:41 AM)

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#12014246 - 01/01/17 11:41 AM Re: Xi5 or Ultrex? [Re: Jacob]
Davedave Offline
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Registered: 07/02/12
Posts: 16618
Loc: Grapevine, TX
Jacob, I have the xi5. I like it.

However, I cannot comment on the new Ultrex. I haven't seen it in use. The claims are outstanding. I just don't know how well it works holding on a pile.

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#12014259 - 01/01/17 11:49 AM Re: Xi5 or Ultrex? [Re: Davedave]
Txmedic033 Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 08/13/13
Posts: 4014
Loc: Longview, Tx
i have had several issues with my Xi5 since I bought it used and the MG customer service has been exceptional! I started having issues right after my warranty expired nd they are going to replace my GPS module and control board and still cover the cost even though it isn't out of warranty. Even with the bad luck thy I have had, I don't see myself changing manufacturers due to their customer service. I wish my motor would not have been having issues when we fished together so you could see it's true capabilities.

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#12014267 - 01/01/17 11:52 AM Re: Xi5 or Ultrex? [Re: Jacob]
BigCaseyB206 Offline
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Registered: 10/15/08
Posts: 3130
Loc: Grand Prairie
I went from a Fortrex to a Xi5 on my old boat and my new boat has a Fortrex. If it was me, and money wasn't an object, I would get the Ultrex. I never did like the way the Xi5 deployed. The base of the Xi5 is much smaller than the Ultrex , which uses the same mount as the Fortrex. It uses a foot pedal release also and I always felt uneasy stepping almost to the nose of the boat to release or raise the TM. Much rather have the traditional pull rope to raise and deploy and wiith the lift assist on the Ultrex, makes it pretty easy to use.

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#12014276 - 01/01/17 11:55 AM Re: Xi5 or Ultrex? [Re: Txmedic033]
Jacob Offline
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Registered: 05/31/08
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Loc: Deep East Tx
Originally Posted By: Txmedic033
i have had several issues with my Xi5 since I bought it used and the MG customer service has been exceptional! I started having issues right after my warranty expired nd they are going to replace my GPS module and control board and still cover the cost even though it isn't out of warranty. Even with the bad luck thy I have had, I don't see myself changing manufacturers due to their customer service. I wish my motor would not have been having issues when we fished together so you could see it's true capabilities.


When you get it fixed up, I'd love to fish together again if it's before February to check it out. The price difference is significant between the two brands. Just wondering if it's worth it.
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#12014283 - 01/01/17 11:56 AM Re: Xi5 or Ultrex? [Re: Jacob]
Davedave Offline
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Registered: 07/02/12
Posts: 16618
Loc: Grapevine, TX
Jacob, it's a long drive, but you're welcome to check mine out.

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#12014287 - 01/01/17 11:58 AM Re: Xi5 or Ultrex? [Re: Davedave]
Jacob Offline
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Registered: 05/31/08
Posts: 16350
Loc: Deep East Tx
Originally Posted By: Davedave
Jacob, it's a long drive, but you're welcome to check mine out.


Thanks man!
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#12014289 - 01/01/17 12:00 PM Re: Xi5 or Ultrex? [Re: Jacob]
Txmedic033 Offline
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Registered: 08/13/13
Posts: 4014
Loc: Longview, Tx
Originally Posted By: Jacob
Originally Posted By: Txmedic033
i have had several issues with my Xi5 since I bought it used and the MG customer service has been exceptional! I started having issues right after my warranty expired nd they are going to replace my GPS module and control board and still cover the cost even though it isn't out of warranty. Even with the bad luck thy I have had, I don't see myself changing manufacturers due to their customer service. I wish my motor would not have been having issues when we fished together so you could see it's true capabilities.


When you get it fixed up, I'd love to fish together again if it's before February to check it out. The price difference is significant between the two brands. Just wondering if it's worth it.


Mine will be fixed this month. The parts weren't available to ship for another week or so. It has been working lately, but when I take other people fishing is when it likes to screw up.

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#12014291 - 01/01/17 12:02 PM Re: Xi5 or Ultrex? [Re: Txmedic033]
Davedave Offline
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Registered: 07/02/12
Posts: 16618
Loc: Grapevine, TX
Originally Posted By: Txmedic033
Originally Posted By: Jacob
Originally Posted By: Txmedic033
i have had several issues with my Xi5 since I bought it used and the MG customer service has been exceptional! I started having issues right after my warranty expired nd they are going to replace my GPS module and control board and still cover the cost even though it isn't out of warranty. Even with the bad luck thy I have had, I don't see myself changing manufacturers due to their customer service. I wish my motor would not have been having issues when we fished together so you could see it's true capabilities.


When you get it fixed up, I'd love to fish together again if it's before February to check it out. The price difference is significant between the two brands. Just wondering if it's worth it.


Mine will be fixed this month. The parts weren't available to ship for another week or so. It has been working lately, but when I take other people fishing is when it likes to screw up.

Mine freaked out one time, and I figured out I had moved some stuff on top of the foot pedal. That was sending crazy signals to it. I now keep that thing separate.

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#12014318 - 01/01/17 12:22 PM Re: Xi5 or Ultrex? [Re: Jacob]
9094 Offline
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Registered: 08/11/09
Posts: 6915
Loc: Albany
I have an Ulterra and love it. The power deploy and stow and power trim will spoil you.
The newest version of pilot is fantastic.
I've had three terrovas and now the ulterra. I don't know if I can go back to a manual deploy model

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#12014404 - 01/01/17 01:01 PM Re: Xi5 or Ultrex? [Re: Jacob]
Jacob Offline
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Registered: 05/31/08
Posts: 16350
Loc: Deep East Tx
Also, I only have a 17' Triton. Right now I have a 55lb thrust minn Kota edge and it keeps up ok. Should I step up to a 24v system?
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#12014415 - 01/01/17 01:04 PM Re: Xi5 or Ultrex? [Re: Jacob]
Davedave Offline
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Registered: 07/02/12
Posts: 16618
Loc: Grapevine, TX
Originally Posted By: Jacob
Also, I only have a 17' Triton. Right now I have a 55lb thrust minn Kota edge and it keeps up ok. Should I step up to a 24v system?

I would say yes.

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#12014430 - 01/01/17 01:08 PM Re: Xi5 or Ultrex? [Re: Jacob]
Jacob Offline
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Registered: 05/31/08
Posts: 16350
Loc: Deep East Tx
Just got to figure out how much to ask for my old trolling motor now.
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#12014467 - 01/01/17 01:27 PM Re: Xi5 or Ultrex? [Re: Jacob]
getbent956 Offline
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Registered: 01/13/08
Posts: 184
Jacob I have an 18'6" boat with 24vlt 45" shaft. My fortrex was the same size and my buddy had a similar boat with a 12 volt TM it worked in calm days or low current, but if I was gonna invest in a new trolling motor I would go 24volt if you have room for another battery but that also means you need a new charger.

My Fortrex is in nice shape and I sold it for half of what they are new.


Edited by getbent956 (01/01/17 01:28 PM)

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