Thread: FZR fishfinder/GPS install
04-13-2015, 04:58 AM #1
FZR fishfinder/GPS install
Thought i'd do a quick thread on where i mounted my LOWRANCE Elite 5 and the RAM mounts i used on my FZR.
I used RAM mounts because the side cover is on too much of an agle for my liking and wanted to straighten it up.
There's not many places to mount ff/gps on the FZR, i had to put it on the side cover.
Now, this isn't such a strong piece of plastic. So once i worked out where i wanted it, marked out the mounting position of the RAM 2.5" base and drilled out the 4 holes, i cut a piece of aluminum to fit to the underside for extra strength. I also applied silicon adhesive to aluminium before fastening the RAM base.
I opted to hull mount the transducer as i didnt want to drill into the rear of the hull.
There was a PERFECT spot down near the drain hole. It's a fair stretch down there, i had to remove the rear seat assembly so my arm would reach. (Ask manufacturer whether transducer can be mounted in the hull or not)
I ran the transducer and power cable up through where the existing dash cables are. Up through the rubber grommet.
Used a very small amount WD-40 as lubricant so they'd slide through easy.
You can see where i drilled a small hole, about 20mm, for the cables to come out of. Will put a rubber grommet in soon!
Also removed the foam inserts while i was at it so the S/C can suck more air!
When i'm not using the gps unit, i can tuck the cables towards the front of the ski underneath the hood.
RAM 2.5" Round Base with the AMPs Hole Pattern & 1.5" Ball: RAM-202U
RAM Short Double Socket Arm for 1.5" Ball Bases (Overall Length: 3.5") Product Number: RAM-201U-B
RAM Quick Release Adapter with 1.5" Diameter Ball for "RUGGED USE" Lowrance Elite-5: RAM-202U-LO11
Hope this may help those with an FZR
Last edited by JordyFZR; 04-13-2015 at 05:45 AM.
04-13-2015, 05:01 AM #2
04-13-2015, 09:06 PM #3
- Join Date
- May 2013
Holy GPS!!! Nice setup
04-13-2015, 09:39 PM #4
- Join Date
- Jul 2007
- near Toronto, Canada
04-14-2015, 09:25 AM #5
I called Lowrance Technical support, and the transducer IS rated for in-hull mounting.
I used a two part epoxy. Pushed down and twisted to get rid of any air bubbles in the epoxy so i dont get a false reading or noise from the hull.
I have tested it in the water. Works great with no issues.
04-14-2015, 09:42 AM #6
04-14-2015, 06:29 PM #7
- Join Date
- Jun 2010
- Milwaukee WI
Hope you don't submarine a big wave with that thing hanging out there. Install looks nice. I like how the RAM mounts work
04-15-2015, 07:41 AM #8
Does ur elite 5 have down imaging? If it does I guess u can't use it since u installed the transducer in the hull
04-16-2015, 05:40 PM #9
04-16-2015, 05:44 PM #10
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