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    Another Yamaha SUV rigged (Lowrance HDS-7 Gen2 with Structure Scan)

    FINALLY pulled the trigger. Thanks for the tips Handymandan (Handyman on GH I think?) I gimbal mounted to the glove box but ChrisNatca gave me a great idea to just mount the RAM mount inside the glovebox and just set the lid aside since I won't have access to it anyway. I have to re-do that configuration tomorrow.Click image for larger version. 

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    Picked up a couple pieces of Starboard samples from a local plastics shop. These are 1/2" 4x4's. Then I found another local plastics shop who sells 3/4" by the pound. $15 for a chunk 8"X24" in black. I used that black rectangle to mount to the floor inside the front hatch. I mounted a full-sized Marine Deep cycle batter up there inside a battery box. The Structurescan processor unit itself also mounts perfectly against the rear wall of the front hatch to the Starboard (right) side between the 2 white capped bolts that protrude through that wall.

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    I opted to mount the automatic 500GPH powered bilge just a hair under the lip of the seat on the Starboard side as well. The bilge pump will be floor mounted in the "V" right infront of the motor with the exit of the bilge facing the Port side. The 3/4 clear hose (about 4.5 feet worth will go from the pump in the center...toward the Port side and then loop up to the top of the hull hole and back to the exit nipple of this white thru-hull connection. Looks like 4.5 feet of 3/4 clear hose needed.

    The RAM mount I chose was the short base one but there is just way too much weight to just stay on the glovebox. I figure there is that annoying white safety sticker there anyway so I'll just put another sticker over the 4 new holes I put in it. I did take the steering column rubber flaps off to see if there was a good solid place to attach the small circular base but couldn't really find a good one. The ultimate objective with my setup is to be able to remove the Lowrance, leave the mounting plate and the cooler rack and put the stock cover on. The cooler only has 6 bolts holding it on and removes in less than 5 minutes.

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    The front compartment's battery weighs in at a whopping 60 lbs. I wanted a large battery (to try) to offset all of that weight in that cantilevered triple cooler rack. The front compartment holds about 70 lbs full-time now. One white cooler will have my live-well in it. Full of water, it weighs in at 42 lbs. The middle cooler will have a 20 lb bag of ice. The middle cooler and other empty white cooler weigh 17 lbs making a 19 lb difference (if I did my math correctly as well as whatever the aluminum rack weighs (maybe 25 lbs). I don't think this will cause issues as much with that battery up there now but we'll see.

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    how tippy is it and what happens when u roll it over u think u can flip it back up

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    LOL! Uuum, I have never heard of anyone successfully tipping an SUV over but I guess if it happens it might self-right since all of the coolers will be strapped down to the rack. Since it will have that bouyancy at a point higher than the just might turn itself back over? Might not be a good thing if it does it in the wrong direction but that's why we read up on how to clear water from cylinders I guess

    Interesting question though. I just don't know.

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ID:	330922 Picked up some scrap chunks of Starboard (Black is 3/4" cutting board material, blue and gray are 1/2"). Each individual chunk is screwed into the other to create a solid chunk. The Black is 23" long if I remember correctly? The others are 4x4 chunks. The 4x4's make up for the slight dip that is in the middle of the hood trunk by the drain hole. The black section reaches nearly to each side to land level. I screwed through the center of this in 4 places into the hood truck floor and then 3 screws on each side of the black board to anchor it in hard.
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ID:	330923 Found some rubber ski-locker floor matting from my old pontoon boat that I sold recently. Cut to fit the floor section to give a bit more traction to the setup once installed and screwed in.

    Installed and screwed in the Starboard decking and then screwed the plastic battery box down to the starboard by laying two chunks of galvanized steel plate (had 2 holes in each end of the steel for screws to mount) in the bottom of the black box on opposing ends. The n covered them with another layer of the rubber mat

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    Nice looking setup. I like the rack and battery idea.
    I kayak now, but looking for a ski and hoping to get into fishing from one soon.

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ID:	331108Thanks. I re-rigged the HDS last night inside the glovebox instead of on the lid. MUCH more stabil! That round ball RAM mount base is perfect for that location and it is better to drill holes in the base of that instead of through the lid anyway. The extra holes in the glovebox are a nonevent in regards to stock or non stock, they just act as extra drain holes.Click image for larger version. 

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    Awesome set up. I live in San Antonio. Where do you fish? I moved away from the coast about 2 years ago and have not been on saltwater in a while.

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    we try to fish out of Freeport but keep getting pushed out of the water by either the wind, 3 plus foot waves or this nasty weed stuff floating out there right now. the weeds are so so bad right now. P.M. me and I'll let you know the next time we go out. Probably on a Monday

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