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#12786754 - 06/10/18 11:51 AM Ultrex Shaft Length
Tight Lines Offline
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Registered: 08/26/09
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Loc: Houston, TX
After fishing with the Maxxum 101 that came on my Skeeter ZX 250 for 11 years, I decided that the technology built into the Ultrex was enough to make me fork over a ridiculous amount of money to make the upgrade.
The only question was what shaft length to buy. I did a lot of reading on this forum and other bulletin boards looking for user experience with 45" and 52" shafts. Of course I also measured from the front where the mount was to what I thought would be the water line as Minn Kota suggested. I even went to a local Skeeter dealer to get their input.
So, armed with all of this information, and factoring in that I probably fish 90% of the time along shoreline or in water less than 15 ft. deep, I purchased and installed the Ultrex with the 45" shaft.
Had an opportunity to take it out yesterday for the first time to do the required calibration and practice with it for a couple of hours. In only slightly choppy water it took about 5 minutes to realize that I probably should have gone with the longer shaft. Even when I was at the front using the foot control, the prop was often breaking the surface.
That being said, all of the features worked as advertised and I'm looking forward to going on a real fishing trip soon to see if the shorter shaft will work long term.

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#12786761 - 06/10/18 12:02 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
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I have had the 45” on my Bass Cat Eyra for over a year and haven’t regretted getting the 45” at all. I’m not sure how the Skeeter sits in relation to the Bass Cats though. I’ve had it come out of the water on occasion but it still held us on spot very well. I’d say 95% of the time the 45” has been great, hope it works out on your boat.
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#12786766 - 06/10/18 12:07 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
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Lesson for others: a little to long is way better than too short. Would have thought though that just sticking with the same length that had been working for you before would have been fine. Maybe the mounts are different so that even with the same length shaft the motor does not drop as far into the water when fully extended? Just questions/concerns for those considering purchasing one.
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#12786776 - 06/10/18 12:19 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: 361V]
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Had a 45" on a Ranger Z119 and no regrets.
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#12786792 - 06/10/18 12:36 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
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Measuring from where the shaft enters the motor to where it comes out of the bottom of the mount, the Maxxum had 40.5" whereas the Ultrex only has about 33".
Glad to hear the shorter shaft is working fine for others.
After using it for a few trips, I'll report back if anyone is interested.

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#12786817 - 06/10/18 12:58 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
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You can have the shaft swapped out prettt easily
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#12786819 - 06/10/18 12:59 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
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Loc: Mineral Wells, Texas
I prefer to fish offshore and I have a 19’ boat. In bigger waves the motor blows out so I went with a 52”. I see no reason to go 45” at all. I can always just raise it up a little if I need to but I can’t make a 45” any longer.

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#12786857 - 06/10/18 01:35 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
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Really no reason for people not to get a 52 over a 45. 7" really isn't going to interfere with you much at all. If you are coming out of the water in mild water, think about what it will be like in the rough stuff. Not good for the prop to go to high when out of the water and then drop back in the water. Lot's of wear and tear that isn't necessary.

I didn't have a middle choice with my Ulterra so I went with the 60". I haven't regretted it. I learn to cast around it and the nice thing since I can change the trim height with a touch of a button, it is really easy to lower it deep for deep water and get it out of my way. Make sure that you have it lowered as far as it will go. If you find it to be a problem later, like someone else mentioned, you can always have a new shaft put on it. The way I have been seeing them in shops with broken shafts lately, you might have to get a new shaft in the future anyway.

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#12786859 - 06/10/18 01:35 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
C130 Online   content
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Loc: Magnolia, TX
I believe on some boats the 52” shafts cause an issue with raising the rod locker with the trolling motor stowed. I’d buy the 45” again but it works fine on my boat, maybe not others. Plus, my boat has about a 1/4” clearance to fit in my garage and that’s after trolling motor is put up all the way.


Edited by C130 (06/10/18 01:38 PM)
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#12786890 - 06/10/18 02:05 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
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Loc: San Antonio
Skeeter ZX225 with 52". I have even had that come out of the water while fishing off shore in the wind, so I definitely recommend the 52", unless you never fish out in the wind, then 45" is all you need.

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#12786964 - 06/10/18 03:14 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
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I just have a little Skeeter 176sx, but I got the 52" because the motorguide I used to have was always coming up out of the water on windy days.

I'm really glad I got the 52" so I can drop it down all the way in rough water. The only issue I've had was getting used to the motor being so much taller when it isn't dropped all the way down. My first day out with the ultrex I broke a rod. I was dragging a c-rig, got a bite, and swung the rod right into the motor on the hookset. Been more careful since then.

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#12786986 - 06/10/18 03:48 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
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I went with 45 and still hit the head with the rod sometimes
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#12787372 - 06/11/18 12:08 AM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
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52.
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#12787410 - 06/11/18 05:49 AM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
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45"

Never had a problem. Sometimes when the waves are big enough the motor does pull out but those few times 7" would not have made a difference.

I think it depends on how level your boat sets when fishing. A Skeeter tends to be a bit nose high. 52" would probably help.

Rangers tend to set more level. 45" would do.

Bass Cat sits a bit nose high. 52" might be needed.
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#12787420 - 06/11/18 06:12 AM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
Jaret Latta Offline
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52" is perfect for both shallow water and when you're deep

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#12787493 - 06/11/18 07:38 AM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
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Loc: Lubbock, TX
I’ve got the 52. Wouldn’t want it any shorter. I can fish off the back deck of my boat without the shaft coming out of the water on the front.

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#12787849 - 06/11/18 11:24 AM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
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Registered: 08/22/17
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Loc: Weatherford, Tx
ZX225 and I got the 52 just because I knew i could be out in more wind now which means bigger waves. Nice to fish out of the back while its pointed into the wind. Only draw back is the boat cover doesn't fit as well now.

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#12788632 - 06/11/18 08:42 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
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Registered: 10/06/15
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Loc: Toledo Bend
Have a 52 on Ranger 521c. Had 4 in cut off and it seems perfect.

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#12788738 - 06/11/18 10:02 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: DBEACH]
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I like the motor head to set low, I fish shallow most of the time, when I do fish deeper in rougher water I have not had a problem with the 45 inch Ultrex, I actually think it sits lower in the water than my 45 inch four trex did, I fish out of a 21 Triton TRX, I think some boats sit nose high so a 52 may be better for them.
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#12791624 - 06/14/18 08:44 AM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
toledo puma Offline
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Registered: 05/02/16
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I ran 45" for years, but my Ultrex is a 52" and I love it. Toledo and Rayburn get rough and keeping the 45 in the water is hard to do when it gets rough.

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#12792220 - 06/14/18 04:16 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
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Registered: 10/29/16
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Loc: Fairview, TX
I'm amazed that there are two pages devoted to only three sizes of shaft for the Ultrex. IMO, one post should have taken care of this.

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#12792321 - 06/14/18 05:51 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
dlwfish Online   content
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Registered: 09/21/05
Posts: 317
Loc: North TX
Well lets make it four pages...

I have a 17 FX21 with 52” ultrex and the 45” would be an issue in rough water... 52” all day


Edited by dlwfish (06/14/18 06:30 PM)

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#12792327 - 06/14/18 06:00 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: FlatBack4]
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Loc: NW Missouri
Originally Posted By: FlatBack4
I'm amazed that there are two pages devoted to only three sizes of shaft for the Ultrex. IMO, one post should have taken care of this.


IMO, it looks like it's a spilt, between, 45 &52. MinnKota should offer a 48. Then problem solved.
I'm going with a 45 and hope for the best on my ZX200 Skeeter.

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#12792490 - 06/14/18 09:27 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
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If you’re wrong on the 45, then you have prop out of the water. If you are wrong on the 52, you just got a little more if you need it. Btw, on the 52, the collar takes up about 3 inches and therefore it really is only about a 49. I have the 52 and wouldn’t want any shorter.

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#12792570 - 06/14/18 10:20 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
Jaret Latta Offline
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They should have 45 to 60 in 1 inch increments...

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#12792644 - 06/14/18 11:32 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Jaret Latta]
Happykamper Offline
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I really think it depends on the boat that you run, I used to always run a 52 that was not a foot control, now a 45 foot control does just fine, hell get a 60 so there is no doubt, if some is good then more is better. thumb
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#12792734 - 06/15/18 07:05 AM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
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Loc: NW Houston
I got a 60" then had it cut down to 50". Perfect.
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#12792887 - 06/15/18 09:17 AM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Jpurdue]
bsouth401 Offline
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Registered: 12/16/10
Posts: 1952
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: Jpurdue
I got a 60" then had it cut down to 50". Perfect.



I did the same thing. When I bought my Ultrex the dealer told me there was only one 60" in North Ameria and no 52"s. They were scarce for sure. I cut mine down to 50ish" and it's just right for my 21" Triton. Some boats bow and deck sit lower so it's varies on how long the TM shaft should be if you want it perfect. It's not hard at all to cut these shafts down if you're careful. There could be warranty issues but I doubt they would make an issue of it if you did it right. I would go with the 52" if you fish off shore at all and if you find it to long well, fix it!
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#12796338 - 06/18/18 01:04 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
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they make a 45 inch and 52 inch and 60 inch. 52 inch is good for most bass boats. I am about to install the 52 inch Ultrex. I was just out this weekend on Tawakoni with a Fortrex 45 and it was out of the water quite a lot in fishing off shore. Good luck

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