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Broken Ultrex #13123597
04/15/19 12:36 AM
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Appears to have a broke steering cable. Where is the best place to get fixed in DFW closer to Fort Worth the better.

Re: Broken Ultrex [Re: Stella25] #13123633
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Originally Posted by Stella25
Appears to have a broke steering cable. Where is the best place to get fixed in DFW closer to Fort Worth the better.


I have replaced mine already. If you have a set of screw drivers, and phone to take pics, you can probably do the repair yourself. Not too hard. Hardest for me was getting the new cables in the old wire wrap jacket. The new cables (the “improved ones”), were a little thicker than the gen 1 cables.


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Re: Broken Ultrex [Re: Stella25] #13123634
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Re: Broken Ultrex [Re: Stella25] #13123664
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Another vote for Borris. He has been the trolling motor repair guy forever and always does great work without ripping your wallet away.

Re: Broken Ultrex [Re: Stella25] #13124062
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Borris if closer to Ft. Worth is what you prefer

Re: Broken Ultrex [Re: Stella25] #13124095
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when pulling the cables thru the wrap, use baby powder. Put some on one hand then pull the cable through the hand, coating it thoroughly. I would also suggest keep a spare of cables with you or at least in your truck when it does happen again, because it will.


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Re: Broken Ultrex [Re: Stella25] #13124107
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I got the steering cables in stock here at Southwest Marine Electronics in Dallas and the turn around time is about a day! Give me a call at 214-630-8161 and ask for Zach.


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Re: Broken Ultrex [Re: Stella25] #13124163
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I got one with broken brushes in it right now. Haven’t heard of that. But buy extra cables and keep in ur boat!!


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Re: Broken Ultrex [Re: Stella25] #13129456
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Is there a good Minn Kota service dealer around Sam Rayburn or a good trolling motor place that has parts?

Re: Broken Ultrex [Re: Stella25] #13129858
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Wow. Minn Kota must be laughing all the way to the bank. They have successfully developed a product that we fishermen are not only willing to pay the high initial cost of, but are also willing to purchase a sack full of their parts to carry around for the inevitable breakdown. After all, I have read on this very forum that there are two kinds of Ultrexes - those that have broken and those that will break.

I guess Minn Kota sees no urgency in providing a more reliable product given our willingness to continue forking out the money.

Re: Broken Ultrex [Re: GeeDub] #13129945
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Originally Posted by GeeDub
Wow. Minn Kota must be laughing all the way to the bank. They have successfully developed a product that we fishermen are not only willing to pay the high initial cost of, but are also willing to purchase a sack full of their parts to carry around for the inevitable breakdown. After all, I have read on this very forum that there are two kinds of Ultrexes - those that have broken and those that will break.

I guess Minn Kota sees no urgency in providing a more reliable product given our willingness to continue forking out the money.


It’s crazy, I’d easily pay double what they cost if that’s what they charged for one.

Had mine 2 years never broke down fish around 160 days a year


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Re: Broken Ultrex [Re: Clark3] #13130004
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Originally Posted by Clark3
Originally Posted by GeeDub
Wow. Minn Kota must be laughing all the way to the bank. They have successfully developed a product that we fishermen are not only willing to pay the high initial cost of, but are also willing to purchase a sack full of their parts to carry around for the inevitable breakdown. After all, I have read on this very forum that there are two kinds of Ultrexes - those that have broken and those that will break.

I guess Minn Kota sees no urgency in providing a more reliable product given our willingness to continue forking out the money.


It’s crazy, I’d easily pay double what they cost if that’s what they charged for one.

Had mine 2 years never broke down fish around 160 days a year

Same here. There's never been a product made that didn't break at one point or another. Hence repair shops for Rolls Royce and Rolex.


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Re: Broken Ultrex [Re: GeeDub] #13130007
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Originally Posted by GeeDub
Wow. Minn Kota must be laughing all the way to the bank. They have successfully developed a product that we fishermen are not only willing to pay the high initial cost of, but are also willing to purchase a sack full of their parts to carry around for the inevitable breakdown. After all, I have read on this very forum that there are two kinds of Ultrexes - those that have broken and those that will break.

I guess Minn Kota sees no urgency in providing a more reliable product given our willingness to continue forking out the money.

I'm still running a MG and have no desire for an Ultrex

Re: Broken Ultrex [Re: Stella25] #13130056
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Does anyone really buy a Rolex expecting it to break? I realize there are places that exist to repair them if they do but that is not the expectation. The consensus on the forum is that the Ultrex WILL break. My point is that manufacturers will have no desire to change as long as we’re willing to “pay double what they cost” for a product that we expect to fail. Unfortunately it’s not just Minn Kota that falls into this category.

Re: Broken Ultrex [Re: Stella25] #13130063
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I've had mine for over a year now and havent had any major issues. I had a little issue with the power switch coming on by itself, but that was an easy fix.

I can't imagine fishing without it now. I'm mostly a mid range to deep water angler. It's opened a whole new range of options that I simply couldn't fish without it.

If it electrocuted me every time I pressed the button, I'd probably still fish with it.

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Originally Posted by GeeDub
Does anyone really buy a Rolex expecting it to break? I realize there are places that exist to repair them if they do but that is not the expectation. The consensus on the forum is that the Ultrex WILL break. My point is that manufacturers will have no desire to change as long as we’re willing to “pay double what they cost” for a product that we expect to fail. Unfortunately it’s not just Minn Kota that falls into this category.


I didn't buy my Ultrex expecting it to fail and so far it hasn't. Sometimes failure is cause by abuse or accidents. I don't think it's fair to always blame it on the name.


I am a Senager. (Senior teenager) I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 50 years later. I don't have to go to school or work. I get an allowance every month. I don't have a curfew, I have a drivers license,a PU truck and I have a bass boat. I am blessed.

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Re: Broken Ultrex [Re: Stella25] #13130131
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I have had one small issue with the one on my previous boat and was fixed immediately. I do have a new one in the box that is a spare, never know when you may need it.

Re: Broken Ultrex [Re: Stella25] #13130299
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Like most anything with new technology there will be some issues.
Its a fact the first production year of the Ultrex had some and one of those was the steering cables.. MinnKota addressed it by upgrading the original cables and replaced them under warranty and also added a longer warranty.
If your scared of buying one ---it's simple-- DON"T!!

Re: Broken Ultrex [Re: 21xs Elite] #13130321
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Originally Posted by 21xs Elite
I have had one small issue with the one on my previous boat and was fixed immediately. I do have a new one in the box that is a spare, never know when you may need it.
That would definitely be the definition of “Expecting it to break”! laugh


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Originally Posted by 361V
Originally Posted by 21xs Elite
I have had one small issue with the one on my previous boat and was fixed immediately. I do have a new one in the box that is a spare, never know when you may need it.
That would definitely be the definition of “Expecting it to break”! laugh

Some of us carried a spare long before the Ultrex came out.
Just good business-- especially if you fish multi day tournaments in West Texas and there may not be any parts for a half days drive.. .

Re: Broken Ultrex [Re: Stella25] #13130448
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Trying to remember a trolling motor of any brand that does not break cables. Seems I can get 2 years out of a set of cables.

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