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    Motorguide pull cord replacement?

    Motorguide 67 lb thrust with the Gator mount. Cord broke at Amistad over the weekend. I bought 1/4" vinyl coated wire, but could not get it to make the first bend in the mount. Should I get 1/8" instead? Also, how do you attach the cord to the pull tab in the mount, and also to the handle? The 1/4" was to thick to tie a knot.

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    David

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    Re: Motorguide pull cord replacement? (TROPHYHUNTER1979)

    I just carry a replacement cord...costs $6.00 from MG and it has a handle already on it.

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    Re: Motorguide pull cord replacement? (SteveDyer)

    If you can find some 550 cord (parachute cord) from a Army surplus store it works great. I have used it for years on a couple different boats and have never had it fray or break. It lasted longer than a couple trolling motors.

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    Re: Motorguide pull cord replacement? (beetle)

    There is a unit out there now called a Trick Rope. I bought one and installed it and it works great. I think it's 1/8" aircraft cable that's coated in vinyl. It also comes with a clevis that attaches the cable to the pull tab on the motor release. Pretty slick unit and I think it's around $20. I think BPS and Cableas carry them.

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    Re: Motorguide pull cord replacement? (Mizzou211)

    Thanks guys for the replies. I have seen the Trick Rope, and it is indeed pretty neat. I guess I just can't justify the $20 for 75 cents worth of cable. I know the clevis is special, but $15-$20? I'm off to Lowe's to see about the 1/8" cable instead.

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    Re: Motorguide pull cord replacement? (TROPHYHUNTER1979)

    If you haven't found what you are looking for yet, I bought some sort of "masonry" line at Home Depot I believe, several years ago. I think it was 1/8". It was designed to be exposed to the elements so it is fairly durable. It is not extremely abrasion resistant, however, and it has broke on me a couple of times over the past several years. But I always carry some spare, and just tie it on and keep going. And yes, it beats $20 or so....

    Tie it with a double half hitch to the motor, and several overhand knots to create a big knot at the handle so it won't slip thru. Hope this helps.


    \"Rock-the-Boat\"....TenMan

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    Re: Motorguide pull cord replacement? (TenMan)

    I use a Stainless 1/8th cable and those little cable crimps that crimp the cable in a bend back to itself.I fell out of the dang boat b4 by a cable breaking (in a tourny) that wont happen again.

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    Re: Motorguide pull cord replacement? (TROPHYHUNTER1979)

    How many trips to Lowes, hours trying to make 2.00 worth of cable work, are you going to waste before you have spent 20.00? You could have gone to Academy, spent the 17.95, installed the thing and been done by now. And have the peace of mind knowing the trick rope thing is tested and proven. I always felt that sometimes spending more is like spending less.

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    Re: Motorguide pull cord replacement? (boat-tech)

    I did mine the first time!Doesnt take rocket science to know how to use a satanley tape measure and a pair of channel locks.I have a few bucks in mine and will never need another.1 trip to tractor supply saved me 17 bucks to use for gas in my boat.

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    Re: Motorguide pull cord replacement? (boat-tech)

    Broke down and bought the one from Academy. They didn't have the Trick Rope, but the Rod Saver Brand. It should work fine though. Inflation must be more down here because that thing was $24 bucks plus tax. Oh well, I'm young and dumb and not as smart as boat-tech, maybe someday!

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    Re: Motorguide pull cord replacement? (TROPHYHUNTER1979)

    LOL! Hey buddy I too should be considered young and dumb. Made many a stupid mistakes and have plenty of years to make more. The rod saver brand is the same one as I was talking about. Academy has it in Rod Saver packaging but other stores have it in the manufacturers own packaging under the Trick Rope trademark.

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