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    minn kota latch bar

    Last weekend I hit a huge non-visible boulder with my trolling motor. The shaft bent back, then sprung back just like usual. The scary part was hearing a snap. I thought the shaft broke. After thorough inspection there seems to be no major damage. The only thing I found was one end of the latch bar broke off. Im assuming that was the snap I heard. Everything appears to be fully functional but id like to replace the latch bar. Any advice on replacing this part on a fortrex 80 45" shaft? Anything else I should be looking at?

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    This is a response to an old post, but will hopefully be helpful to someone in the future.

    I broke the latch bar (Minn Kota part #2283615) on a submerged tree. Trolling motor bent back and i heard the loud snap as described in the post above. Upon inspection i noticed the two tab ends that lock the motor down in place were broken off. Part was ordered, ($2.39), and replaced once it came in.

    I wasn't sure how to begin replacing the latch bar, so started unscrewing the bolts on the spring housing but then thought, "if this thing pops off, I'll never get it back on"! So instead I took a screwdriver and hammer and popped out the broken piece. Fortunately it came right out with ease! The better part was, the new part slipped right in, popped in place, and is good to go! Thinking back now, i probably should have ordered a spare part to keep on hand, becasue this is a really simple fix, especially on the water.

    I also discovered i needed new support rails. The inner rails on the motor mount that the motor lies on. Continually slamming the motor back and forth into place and out of the water, even smooth quick rides with out the motor strap on, i imagine are what basically, smashed the old rail and caused the bending of the rails. Which in turn, make it hard to pull the motor up, and will lead to something eventually breaking off...

    I love simple easy fixes! And a little care and maintenance can go a long way!
    Last edited by easternshore; 05-07-2013 at 02:43 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by easternshore View Post
    This is a response to an old post, but will hopefully be helpful to someone in the future.

    I broke the latch bar (Minn Kota part #2283615) on a submerged tree. Trolling motor bent back and i heard the loud snap as described in the post above. Upon inspection i noticed the two tab ends that lock the motor down in place were broken off. Part was ordered, ($2.39), and replaced once it came in.

    I wasn't sure how to begin replacing the latch bar, so started unscrewing the bolts on the spring housing but then thought, "if this thing pops off, I'll never get it back on"! So instead I took a screwdriver and hammer and popped out the broken piece. Fortunately it came right out with ease! The better part was, the new part slipped right in, popped in place, and is good to go! Thinking back now, i probably should have ordered a spare part to keep on hand, becasue this is a really simple fix, especially on the water.

    Any way, i found the part on trollingmotorparts.com which apparently is no longer taking new orders?! Fish307.com also had the part and many other weird intricate Minn Kota parts you probably can't find in many other places. At least that was my experience.

    I also discovered i needed new support rails. The inner rails on the motor mount that the motor lies on. Continually slamming the motor back and forth into place and out of the water, even smooth quick rides with out the motor strap on, i imagine are what basically, smashed the old rail and caused the bending of the rails. Which in turn, make it hard to pull the motor up, and will lead to something eventually breaking off...

    I love simple easy fixes! And a little care and maintenance can go a long way!
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    Sorry John, i found this subject thread with a quick search online. Had no idea you sponsored the site...I'll keep you in mind!