Power trim kits include all the parts and equipment necessary to raise and lower your Evinrude outboard motor so you can trim your boat to its optimum operating trim, bow up or bow down. The kit is a bolt-on accessory; the boat has to have an existing hydraulic system with a dedicated reservoir for the trim system. The boat's existing remote motor controls must also include a "trim/tilt switch." After that, installing a power trim kit is a straightforward mechanical process.
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Things you need
- Snap-ring pliers
- White marine grease
- Adjustable wrench
- Hydraulic fluid
Remove the negative cable from the boat's battery. Remove the snap-rings from the pins with a pair of snap-ring pliers. Apply a light coating of white marine grease to the lower and upper pins. Set pins and snap-rings aside on a clean, lint-free cloth.
Move the trim/tilt assembly into position on the stern bracket. Insert the lower pin and secure the pin using snap-rings. Set the thrust rod in place across the bottom of the transom bracket. Tighten the thrust rod retaining nut snugly with an adjustable wrench.
Connect the "push to connect" fitting to connect the wires to the trim/tilt control. Manually extend the hydraulic cylinder rod until it's aligned with the holes in the swivel bracket.
Push the upper pin into place. Secure the pin using the remaining snap-rings. Reconnect the negative battery cable. Remove the cap from the hydraulic reservoir and run the trim/tilt system up and down through at least five cycles.
Add hydraulic fluid as needed after every up and down cycle of the system. Replace the cap on the hydraulic reservoir.
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