Do you use a transom saver?

  • Profile photo of TJBTJB
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    Cottage Grove, MN.
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    #1316533

    I am looking at used Rangers and I am see many owners that do not use a transom saver. I guess I am shocked to see that. I would think a 225 HP motor would ware on the transom or maybe more on the hydo on the motor.

    If you use a transom saver what brand or type are you using?
    On my alumacraft I just had a flat stock with an oval hole that mounted to the trailer and bar with a cork screw on one end that spun into the oval hole and on the other it was a Y that that rubber and you set the motor in that.

    Let me know guys.

    Thx

    avatarcat dude
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    Arlington, MN
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    #954958

    Exactly what I use and I never travel without it.

    It sure cannot hurt to use one.

    I have a smaller 60hp 4 stroke and the dealer said I did not have to use one as I could simply tilt the motor up and set the lock.

    I use one anyways.

    Profile photo of mike-westmike-west
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    Amery, WI
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    #954959

    The Fisherman series sit pretty low on the trailer. My 620 W/Yamaha 250 won’t move an inch withour a trasom saver on it. I have the one that has a half round on 1 end (supported by back roller), and then the “V” with rubber protectors on the other end. Don’t buy a real cheap one if you’re looking at big HP. I bent the aluminum bar on the 1st one I bought.
    Hope this helps

    avatarSLACK
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    HASTINGS, MN
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    #954963

    i have the exact same one on my alumacraft, if the boats on the trailer the TS is on. i also run tilt/trim rams all the way in to help protect them.

    avatarphigs
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    Twin Cities, MN
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    #954985

    i always run a transom saver, and I also have the same one with the corkscrew at one end and rubber V at the other.

    avatarjoshbjork
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    Center of Iowa
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    #954995

    I saw one with the “shock absorber” in it. I wouldn’t get that one.

    avatarDrewH
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    s/w WI.
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    #955004

    Quote:


    i always run a transom saver, and I also have the same one with the corkscrew at one end and rubber V at the other.


    . X2

    Profile photo of sandmanndsandmannd
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    #955018

    I’ve always used one and always will.

    Profile photo of grampatimgrampatim
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    Spirit Lake, IA
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    #955019

    I use the Lock-N-Stow by Swivel-EEZ on my optimax. A friend uses My-Wedge on his 250 Yammie.

    avatarwoodenfish
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    st.croix valley
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    #955025

    Always use one! Just a heads up if you are looking at used 620 check the shackels on the trailer.And check the transom both my 02 620 and my fishing partners 01 620 had cracked transoms. They have to go back to ranger to get fixed. Not cheep!

    Profile photo of red89red89
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    MN/WI
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    #955028

    Don’t have one.
    But its only a 40hp 2stroke . I don’t even know how I could put one on the old shorlander roller trailer, because there is no bars going across towards the back of the trailer to mount the thing to.

    Profile photo of joemamajoemama
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    North St Paul
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    #955051

    it’s a no brianer..consider the cost of the saver versus the cost of either a T & T problem or a cracked transom..you may want to buy 2

    Profile photo of bckbck
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    Big Stone Lake Sd
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    #955057

    I always use mine. It is U shaped to fit the roller with a V for the motor.

    Profile photo of TJBTJB
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    Cottage Grove, MN.
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    #955158

    Quote:


    I use the Lock-N-Stow by Swivel-EEZ on my optimax. A friend uses My-Wedge on his 250 Yammie.


    Anyone else use this…
    m-ywedge
    http://www.m-ywedge.com/
    looks simple enough

    Profile photo of Wade BoardmanWade Boardman
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    Hibbing, MN
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    #955161

    I know of a certain fiberglass manufacturer that ships their boats from the factory with the M-Y Wedge. That says something to me.

    The centering clips work nice as well.

    Profile photo of ducksmugglerducksmuggler
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    Red Wing, MN
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    #955521

    I have been useing a transom saver since my boat was new in 2000..

    but I really like the M-ywedge setup…

    Profile photo of PaulskiPaulski
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    Woodbury, MN
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    #955583

    I use the m-wedge with my Opti…

    avatarcowboyhannah
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    Wausau, WI
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    #956563

    I run a 200 Evie on my 2005 619 and just use the trailoring bracket as the dealer suggested. I was told the transom is bulletproof and did not need a T saver.

    avatarphigs
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    Twin Cities, MN
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    #956687

    Quote:


    Quote:

    I use the Lock-N-Stow by Swivel-EEZ on my optimax. A friend uses My-Wedge on his 250 Yammie.


    Anyone else use this…
    m-ywedge
    http://www.m-ywedge.com/
    looks simple enough


    i do not like this setup at all. yes, it takes the stress of the T&T rams, but it does nothing for transom support. the motor is still free to bounce and move, and all of the stress from that is still transferred directly to the transom.

    a true transom saver redirects the shock of movement to the trailer, not the transom of the boat.

    Profile photo of TJBTJB
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    Cottage Grove, MN.
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    #957089

    Quote:


    Quote:

    Quote:

    I use the Lock-N-Stow by Swivel-EEZ on my optimax. A friend uses My-Wedge on his 250 Yammie.


    Anyone else use this…
    m-ywedge
    http://www.m-ywedge.com/
    looks simple enough


    i do not like this setup at all. yes, it takes the stress of the T&T rams, but it does nothing for transom support. the motor is still free to bounce and move, and all of the stress from that is still transferred directly to the transom.

    a true transom saver redirects the shock of movement to the trailer, not the transom of the boat.


    What is the Warranty on Ranger transom? I thought it was a lifetime and that is why Ranger dealers (SOME) see the My wedge system. PLEASE correct if I am wrong.

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    MN - 55082
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    #957261

    Quote:


    do not like this setup at all. yes, it takes the stress of the T&T rams, but it does nothing for transom support. the motor is still free to bounce and move, and all of the stress from that is still transferred directly to the transom.

    a true transom saver redirects the shock of movement to the trailer, not the transom of the boat.


    This needs to be thought through better. First off, a true transom saver doesn’t taken any significant load off the boat and redirect it to the trailer, just not possible considering the attachment location and angles. Secondly, depending on the angle your motor is propped up using one, it moves the load up towards the hinge (higher on the transom.) If you have any motion, higher on the transom isn’t a great idea, you’ve got a lever at play. I’d personally rather have as much of the load as possible where it’s designed to go, into the ram pad. This is accomplished fairly well by the MyWedge.

    Luckily for everyone, transoms are built better than the used to be.

    avatarcowboyhannah
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    Wausau, WI
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    #957366

    OK, so I’m not one to take anyone’s word for anything..SO…I emailed the techs at RangerBoats.com and here is their reply:

    Thank you for your email. We recommend a transom saver and have included
    an article from our blog at Rangeboats.com that you may find useful.

    Transom Savers
    Friday, January 07, 2011
    If you’ve ever followed someone pulling a boat rigged with an outboard
    engine, chances are you’ve noticed that even the best highways can doll
    out their share of punishment. Road cracks, potholes, and a host of
    miscellaneous debris can translate into a lot of unwelcome jostling. As
    you can imagine, each time the outboard gets tossed around, stress is
    added to the transom area of the boat, the trailer, and even the engine
    itself.

    So, what can be done to help alleviate the added stress that this type
    of unnatural jarring causes? We recommend that you consider the added
    support of a ‘transom saver.’ These units (especially when used in
    conjunction with boat buckles) help support the engine, reducing stress
    levels and ultimately saving unnecessary wear and tear on the boat,
    motor, and trailer.

    Gary Howard
    Ranger Engineering

    I’ll be buying one this week…good thread.

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