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Anyone running a topper model, rivited jon? I am looking to buy a 1542 model topper, but am looking for feed back on them.


Sun Apr 15, 2012 12:27 pm
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I almost bought one before converting mine but they just seem so thin. Seems like the mud motor would rip it to pieces.


Sun Apr 15, 2012 12:37 pm
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What you running now


Sun Apr 15, 2012 1:06 pm
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1648 bass tracker I converted over. Has a thicker gauge.


Sun Apr 15, 2012 2:06 pm
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It depends on what you plan to put on it and what you want to run it in. I have a Lowe jon with a thin hull, but I run mostly muddy bottoms or open water with no stumps or rocks. It works great for my uses, and I have hit some rocks that brought me to a dead stop without to much damage, no leaks yet.

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Sun Apr 15, 2012 2:12 pm
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duck marsh, no log jumping or anything hard, little mud if any just water about 2 foot to 5 inches. No mud here in utah


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I'm betting your areas look a lot like mine, and I can get anywhere I want to go with my jon boat. I don't think you will have any issues with it, it should serve you well.

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Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:39 pm
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SwampThing07 wrote:
1648 bass tracker I converted over. Has a thicker gauge.



What Hp you running and what motor? I am new to the forum. I have a 15x44 roughneck. May be looking to get a surface drive motor.


Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:55 am
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I found a used 27 Beavertail longtail I'm running on it.


Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:56 am
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I've state this before but to repeat, my two good friends have run identical rivetted Lowe 1648 jons (.072 gauge) for at least fifteen years with 25 LT's. They have not had any transom issues running these motors and they perform very well. Another duck hunting friend has run a 35 MB Hyper shorty on a vintage SeaNymph 1652 rivetted jon, also .072 gauge for five years and only at the end of this past season did he find transom damage- he's going to get the cracks welded, and adding some plates to strengthen the transom area. I think the heavier shorties require all-welded thicker gauges for longevity, and the 1544 roughneck should be fine with a 23 shorty. Obviously, if you run a lot of stumpfields, beaver dams, thick mud, etc., the thicker gauge true mud hulls are indicated. I previously ran a 1436 rivetted jon .072 gauge with an 18 GD LT, a 1544 all-welded .090 gauge hull with a 25 GD LT, successfully, presently my .100 grizzly 1648 is still ticking after 7 years with a 27 MB LT.

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Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:39 am
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i run a 23 GDSD on a 1542 Tracker. Runs 26-27 mph with mods. No issues except the boat drafts a little heavy in back due to weight of motor and me.

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Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:28 pm
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You run the tracker topper? Or grizzly


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tracker topper

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Nice


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I have a teleflex steering from a small console to a 50 hp Merc. right now. As I mentioned in the previous post, I would like to eventualy get a GTR SD. My question is, can a used SD motor that has a tiller handle be modified for a teleflex steering?


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