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    Im stuck!

    Ok so lastnight I was working on my boat installing the RAM mounts for my new 798 HD unit and the 998c unit.

    I "thought" my 798 unit mounted on a RAM mount would fit fine, but i was wrong. My boat is a 96 bass tracker tournament tx17. My plan was to mount my 798 unit on a ram mount behind the wind shield using the smaller ram mount arm. The issue I am seeing now is that the unit is to close to the steering wheel, no matter which way it is mounted. If i flush mount it to the top of dash/behind the wind shild, because of how the mount is shaped, its either too close to the steering wheel or too high above the wind shield. Between the windshield i have about 12.5" to use and maybe about 7" high wise. Withought the RAM mount the 798 unit sticks up above the windshield about 2". Its not a huge deal but the unit barely fits with the stock mount. The mount would need to be pushed forward about 1.5" and it would hang off of the dash - It's just an eye sore like that. Although the 998 unit will fit in that space, it leaves me very little room to adjust it.. and looks very bulky, alittle too much to be honest.

    With all that said, i think i may need to purchase a non humminbird unit as a gps chartplotter to fit that space. I hate to say it, but the lowrance 7" unit would fit this space nicely. I am trying to stick with Humminbird of course and was looking at the 898 unit, but its the same size as the 998 unit minus the screen size.

    So now, i turn to my friends on BBC.. What would you do in my situation? Unfortunately i do not have any pictures at the moment but may take a ride to see my boat and take then, so you have a better idea...

    Thoughts? Ideas?

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    I removed the gas guage on my Tracker and put the 798 where that was. I just used the unit mount--no RAM mount. Plenty of room.

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    Fantastic idea, and that may work best for me... to the drawing board i go! Unfortunately unlike your gauges, mine go left to right in the middle, while yours is up and down.. so this may or may not work as it should on my boat..

    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne P. View Post
    I removed the gas guage on my Tracker and put the 798 where that was. I just used the unit mount--no RAM mount. Plenty of room.


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    Here is a batter picture of my dash, so you have a better idea of what i am trying to accomplish and the issue i am facing..
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    btw, thats a picture from when i first bought my boat last year.. yes, it had nearly a foot of water inside of it lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerryC View Post
    btw, thats a picture from when i first bought my boat last year.. yes, it had nearly a foot of water inside of it lol
    I just had the Tach, Speedometer, and gas guage. Mine is a PT170TX.

    When I first got the boat, I was going to remove the speedometer and install a flush mount flasher unit, but just never go around to it. I wanted to have a flush mounted flasher unit at the bow also, but after seeing how the bow area was made, I didn't want to do that much cutting.
    I had two new Lowrance 1240A units for that project. They were spares for the fiberglass bass boat I had.
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    I'm wondering how the 798 will fit on mine if i mounted it similar to yours.. the holes are spread out wide though, so you would see the inside of the dash which i want to avoid.. I may be able to rig something up though, like a square black piece of plastic or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerryC View Post
    I'm wondering how the 798 will fit on mine if i mounted it similar to yours.. the holes are spread out wide though, so you would see the inside of the dash which i want to avoid.. I may be able to rig something up though, like a square black piece of plastic or something?
    That is what I did with the gas guage hole. Sandwiched two pieces of plexiglass on the dash and through bolted the 798 base to hold it all together. You would need a rectangular face plate and backing plate and wouldn't need to drill any holes in the dash to attach a mount plate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne P. View Post
    That is what I did with the gas guage hole. Sandwiched two pieces of plexiglass on the dash and through bolted the 798 base to hold it all together. You would need a rectangular face plate and backing plate and wouldn't need to drill any holes in the dash to attach a mount plate.
    Thanks Wayne, i can buy a pre cut to size piece of plastic for around $10, unfortunately i dont have the tools to do it myself. Im gonna see my boat later and will be the judge of what i plan to do next.. as usual, thanks again!

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    Could you raise the 998 and then mount the 798 over the cup holder?

    You may need to screw a piece on aluminum over the cup holder hole and then mount the 798 to it.
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    Thanks, but ive tried this as well. The 798 is too high unfortunately,.. I feel the only viable option is to remove the 2 middle gauges.

    Quote Originally Posted by Trout Bum View Post
    Could you raise the 998 and then mount the 798 over the cup holder?

    You may need to screw a piece on aluminum over the cup holder hole and then mount the 798 to it.

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    Go to Lowe's and buy a shower drain like they install on stand alone showers. It will fit the hole perfectly and installs by screwing a large nut over the back of the drain. You will know it when you see it. Mount the Ram to the drain and you are good to go.
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    Ok guys, so a little more info on what I have decided to do. First off, Wayne, your the man for all your help with my decision making.. I did some measuring last night and was able to remove both my battery & gas gauges (I may even put them in a different area on my dash) and i purchased a custom cut Plastic cover to get is 5.25x3.5" that will cover the 2 holes and act as a base to the 798 unit which will be mounted on my dash. The 998 will be placed on the side where my old 798 unit was.. I played around with everything last night and indeed my new 798 unit will fit perfectly in the space pictured.. I just needed to buy this plastic cover to cover both of the holes and to act as a base for the FF base. Don't mind the mess.. im working on like 10 different boat projects at once lol..

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    Slowly but surely getting to where I need to be...

    I removed the volts and gas dials and placed them under the odo & speed. The 798 mounts perfectly on the dash.

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    Nice install!

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    Thanks..

    With Wayne's help i was able to put together a vision he had which worked great for my boat as well.