For ultimate product integration, we suggest you use both systems, the high strength marine grade adhesive and the bolt kit to secure your SKEGPROTECTOR to your skeg. However, you may use either or both if you like, whatever way you feel is best for your boating needs.
(READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE BEGINNING INSTALLATION)
SKEGPROTECTOR can be installed in an hour or less using these easy-to-follow directions. All the tools you will need for an successful installation are: 80 Grit Sand Paper, File, 2” Masking Tape, Butter Knife, Duct Tape, Caulk Gun, Utility Knife, Rubber Gloves, Rag or Towel.
Before you begin the installation, make sure that you have 2 to 3 inches of skeg remaining.
SKEGPROTECTOR, it’s supplied adhesive, and your motor must be warm. The outside temperature should be at least 70 degrees for a successful installation. After installation, place your engine in the sun or a warm place for a minimum of 72 hours for the adhesive to cure properly.
If your skeg is bent then you must straighten it before installation.
Step 1: Begin the installation process by sanding down the original skeg with the 80 grit sandpaper. This will enable the adhesive to secure itself to the aluminum. Use a file to smooth any bent and burred areas along the edges.
Step 2: Wash and dry the skeg thoroughly. This is important for a good bond between the two substrates.
Step 3: Fit the SKEGPROTECTOR on your motor and rotate the prop to check for proper clearance and correct fit. You will find the part to be difficult to get on with the concave cavity/opening that you slide the skeg into. It has been engineered this way on purpose to ensure a VERY tight fit with your motor. Install onto your new or damaged skeg by sliding it on and tapping in place with a mallet or block of wood. DO NOT FORCE!!!
Pull part off after checking clearance and fit.
Step 4: Apply masking tape over the drain screw on your drive, so no adhesive gets on it during the installation. Masking tape along and below the top edge of the SKEGPROTECTOR on both sides. This will keep adhesive off the SKEGPROTECTOR and will make clean-up easier.
Step 5: Using a butter knife (or other hand tool you prefer), wedge the top edge (cavity) of the SKEGPROTECTOR open so you can get the adhesive nozzle down into the part.
WARNING: Do not force the part open with hydraulic or power tools, it may crack the lamination!
Applying Adhesive (READ CAREFULLY)
Step 6: Apply generous amounts of adhesive into the cavity of the SKEGPROTECTOR. Squirt as much adhesive as you can into the cavity, actually filling it up to the brim if you can. This will ensure plenty of adhesive is applied to both substrates for a serure bond.
Step 7: Carefully slide the SKEGPROTECTOR into position while trying your best to keep the butter knife wedged in the part as long as possible. We know this is difficult but once the part cavity closes again, the adhesive will be forced out of the top. Again, we want to try our best to keep as much adhesive inside the cavity as possible.
Step 8: Once the part is fully seated (installed) onto the skeg, apply a generous bead of adhesive along the top edge of the part (line where the SKEGPROTECTOR stops on the skeg), all the way around the unit.
Step 9: This is one of the most important steps in the installation process. Using your finger (with your rubber glove on of course), create a smooth continuous seal all the way around the unit, as if you are caulking a seal in your bathroom. If necessary, apply more adhesive to your seam to ensure a watertight seal. The adhesive is expensive, use as much of is as you can!
Step 10: Remove the tape from the SKEGPROTECTOR. Clean any excess adhesive off of the gear housing with a rag or towel.
Step 11: Wrap duct tape around the SKEGPROTECTOR to the gear housing to secure the skeg in position while the adhesive sets.
Step 12: Once again, rotate the prop to check for proper clearance. Allow 72 hours in a warm area for the adhesive to cure.
You must wait 72 hours before use to allow adhesive to fully cure. Failure to do so may result in loss of product. The SKEGPROTECTOR is warranted against defects in workmanship, but not loss due to adhesive failure.
Additional Installation Tips if Using Optional Bolts
NOTE: SKEGPROTECTOR is not warrantied against damage done by drilling holes. The bolts are only supplied as an optional install hardware.
Take note when removing the hardware from the package. Some models use different length bolts in the front then in the rear. Keep you hardware separated so you do not get them confused.
Ensure you have pre-drilled the SKEGPROTECTOR and skeg before applying the adhesive and install of the part!
MAKE sure the bolt holes line up!
Know where you are going to position the bolts so that you are drilling through your skeg. You don’t want to miss the skeg! Drill the holes accordingly to where you believe it will hold the part on best.
Install the bolts right after the adhesive install, not after adhesive has cured!
Drilling through carbon fiber needs to be done slowly and carefully. Let’s repeat, DRILL THE HOLES SLOWLY! Use a sharp, new drill bit. These two things will help ensure clean holes through both the part and your skeg.
Drill at least 1/2” away from the top edge of the SKEGPROTECTOR so the material does not fracture.
Use an 1/8” drill bit to first tap and drill the holes then use the final 1/4” drill bit. The bolts are 1/4” diameter.