About Trolling Motor Electronics Connectors & Cables
i-Pilot Does The Thinking For You
The i-Pilot system revolutionized trolling motors and what they can do by bringing GPS technology to the motor, allowing anglers to record their favorite trolling tracks and fishing holes so they can spend more time fishing and less time managing their boat. Do you wish you could hold your boat in one location so your casts go where you want them? With the Spot-Lock feature you can, i-Pilot controls your trolling motor to keep you in the same position while you cast, so you can get your lure directly where the fish are. With the i-Pilot remote, controlling your trolling motor is made easy - using wireless capabilities to control your trolling motor from anywhere on your boat. Connect your Humminbird Fish Finder to your trolling motor for the ultimate fishing experience. With i-Pilot Link, your Humminbird fish finder and your trolling motor speak to each other to be your perfect A-team while fishing. Let the innovations of i-Pilot and GPS control your boat, while you control your line and lure to reel in the catch-of-the-day.
Trolling Motor Electronics Connectors & Cables How-Tos
How to install the Minn Kota iPilot Terrova Trolling Motor (Video)
Installation video on how to install the Minn Kota iPilot Terrova Trolling Motor.
The i-Pilot installation video for the Terrova trolling motor. I-Pilot is designed to be a fairly simple installation and we will walk you through each step in detail. If you have any questions after watching the videos, please call our technical service line at 1-800-227- 6433.
Before we get started, make sure that your trolling motor is secured properly and that it is in a clean dry space. Disconnect all power to the trolling motor. This will ensure your safety and protect the electronics that you're about to install. For this installation the only tool that you're going to need is a Phillips screwdriver.
We're now ready to begin the i-Pilot installation. The first step will be to remove the control box cover. They are four mounting screws located underneath the control box. I have already removed the first three and there is the fourth. We will now install the i-Pilot controller. Locate the two connector halves, verify the proper orientation, firmly press them together. Once they're together, ensure that there is no yellow band showing between the two connector halves. Install the i-Pilot controller using the four screws provided. Your i-Pilot installation is now complete.
To ensure everything is working properly before getting on the water, please refer to the verify installation section of your owner's manual.
How to Install Minn Kota Trolling Motor: iPilot Riptide (Video)
An installation guide on how to install an iPilot Riptide Trolling motor.
Before, we get started make sure that your tolling motor is secured properly and that it is in a clean dry space. Disconnect all power to the controlling motor. This will ensure your safety and protect the electronics that you are about to install. Also, you have to make sure that you have the following tools available: Phillips screwdriver, utility knife, needle nose pliers, and a heat gun or some other heat source for installing the heat shrink tubing.
If a foot pedal is connected to the trolling motor, it must be disconnected. Once IPilot is installed, the foot pedal cannot be used and as IPilot is completely uninstalled.
We are now ready to get started. First, we'll remove the Copilot cable in the motor. Next, remove the two mounting screws that hold this Copilot side plate to the motor. I already loosened the first screw and here's the second.
The next steps in the installation process are done on the base of the motor. We'll start by removing both side plates. Using a Phillips screwdriver, remove all four mounting screws; two on each side. I've already removed three and here is the fourth.
Next, remove the centre housing by pushing at both sides and lifting up at the same time. Next, remove the four screws holding the control box cover in place. I've already removed three and here is the fourth.
The next step is to remove the Auto Pilot assembly. Using a utility knife, carefully remove the heat shrink from each of the six connectors. This can take some time so I pre-cut one to demonstrate the process. Next, remove the wire from the Outer Pilot board. Then, follow the same process for the remaining five connectors.
Now that we have the heat shrink and wires removed, we need to remove the circuit board. Push the locking tabs out and lift the board straight up. Finally, grasp the compass and lift it out.
The next step is to apply heat shrink to all six connectors. This is important to provide electrical insulation and prevent corrosion. I'm going to demonstrate this process on just one connector.
Position the heat shrink over the connector making sure none of the connector is exposed. Now, apply heat. Finally, pinch the end of the heat shrink to create a tight seal. Follow the same process for the remaining five connectors.
Now that you have heat shrink applied to all six connectors, we need to route the wires to ensure that there's adequate room for installation of the IPilot Controller. Next, remove the grommet by firmly pressing down until it pops out.
Next, we will install the IPilot controller. Route the IPilot Controller cable through the grommet hole and then through the centre of the coil cord.
The next step will be to install the new grommet. Position the grommet over the wire, slide it up, and snap it into place. Now, secure the IPilot Controller using the four supplied screws.
Now that the controller is attached, secure the IPilot Controller cable to the motor coiled cord using three of the zip ties provided. Then trim the zip ties.
Next, using a Phillips screw driver, loosen the cable strain relief which is secured to the base of the motor. Position the IPilot Contoller steering cable into the open slot. Tighten the cable strain relief. The cable should slide freely when properly installed.
Next, locate the black and white wires coming through the centre housing. Using a utility knife, carefully remove the heat shrink from the connections. This may take some time so I pre-cut them to demonstrate the process. Next, pull the connectors apart on both black and white wires.
Now, we need to heat shrink the wires that are previously disconnected. Locate the black wire coming through the centre housing. Slide the heat shrink completely over the connector. Now find the black wire coming from the IPilot steering cable. This is the cable that was just routed though the strain relief. Plug the two connectors together. Slide the heat shrink over the connector, making sure it is completely covered. Now apply heat. Follow the same process for the white wires.
Locate the two remaining disconnected wires. Position the heat shrink over one of the connectors. Make sure none of the connectors is exposed. Now apply heat. Next, pinch the end of the heat shrink to create a tight seal. Follow the same process for the remaining connector.
Now it's time to reinstall the centre housing and the side plates. Push down on the centre housing until the side fingers lock into place. Make sure all cables are routed through the exit hole of the housing. Next, reinstall the side plates using a Phillips screwdriver. Use the two new screws provided on the side plate where Copilot was installed.
Now, connect the IPilot cable to the motor cable while verifying proper orientation. Make sure the connector nut is in tight.
Your IPilot installation is now complete. To ensure everything is working properly before getting in the water, please refer to the verifying installation section of your owner's manual.