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#5563542 - 01/25/15 01:00 PM Pros/Cons of a mud motor?
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getting closer on my gator trax boat.

I've never had much experience with a mud motor, only one trip in a jon boat over on caddo that was pushing a jon boat.

what are some of the pros/cons vs. a traditional outboard?
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#5564037 - 01/25/15 06:19 PM Re: Pros/Cons of a mud motor? [Re: txtrophy85]
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Nobody run mud motors?
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#5564148 - 01/25/15 07:14 PM Re: Pros/Cons of a mud motor? [Re: txtrophy85]
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I run a Prodrive. Only con I can think of is speed with a load but they have mods to help with that. I can run 27 w/ 3 guys, gear and a dog. Plenty fast for me, especially in the dark.
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#5564323 - 01/25/15 08:37 PM Re: Pros/Cons of a mud motor? [Re: txtrophy85]
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I have a GTR. Takes some getting used to but no cons as of yet.

Like mentioned above not the fastest things but if i wanted to go fast I would have got a bassboat.
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#5564515 - 01/25/15 09:54 PM Re: Pros/Cons of a mud motor? [Re: txtrophy85]
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Pro - can run in shallow water

Con - not as fast as outboard
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#5564698 - 01/25/15 11:54 PM Re: Pros/Cons of a mud motor? [Re: txtrophy85]
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From what I have seen, another con is the motors don't last as long as outboard and not as east to reverse.

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#5564747 - 01/26/15 02:23 AM Re: Pros/Cons of a mud motor? [Re: huntingag01]
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Originally Posted By: huntingag01
From what I have seen, another con is the motors don't last as long as outboard and not as east to reverse.


It's a lawnmower motor. They last plenty long enough. Mine was more reliable than any outboard I've ever had.
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#5564754 - 01/26/15 04:24 AM Re: Pros/Cons of a mud motor? [Re: txtrophy85]
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#5564848 - 01/26/15 07:28 AM Re: Pros/Cons of a mud motor? [Re: txtrophy85]
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I ran them for years. If I had to choose I would take a good 2 stroke motor over a mud motor any day of the week. I never got 27 miles per hour with gear 3 guys and a dog. Out of all the motors I had, the fastest made 22 MPH with a light load. Now it was on a heavy 20 foot gator trax. Everything little thing different will effect the performance. I can't help but think a little 60 yamahammer on the back of that Gator Trax would make it skip like a flat stone going across the water. With a tunnel on that Gator Trax and a 60 you could run an easy 5 inches of water. Do you really have to have somethhing that will run through straight mud. I like to think I have hunted the bad lands, the spot where nobody else could get to. Well that is all I was doing was thinking. I could have gone out to the bay and killed the same 6 ducks without having to go way back in the marsh. If you sit back and approach this with an educated pro and con thought process, I see it as a no brainer. Aluminum, 2 stroke, center console, rod holders, Shiner Bock. What else do you need?
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#5564875 - 01/26/15 07:51 AM Re: Pros/Cons of a mud motor? [Re: wal1809]
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Originally Posted By: wal1809
Everything little thing different will effect the performance.


x2
weight distribution, grade of gasoline, what side of the bed your motor woke up on....they are very fickle.


Originally Posted By: wal1809
Do you really have to have somethhing that will run through straight mud.


No, but I can run through a stumpfield full throttle like I was in a bumper boat!

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#5565068 - 01/26/15 09:15 AM Re: Pros/Cons of a mud motor? [Re: wal1809]
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Originally Posted By: wal1809
What else do you need?


The legit duck hunter image...duh
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#5565073 - 01/26/15 09:18 AM Re: Pros/Cons of a mud motor? [Re: TXPride]
wal1809 Offline
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Originally Posted By: TXPride
Originally Posted By: wal1809
What else do you need?


The legit duck hunter image...duh


I believe you and I are looking at the same target here.
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#5565077 - 01/26/15 09:19 AM Re: Pros/Cons of a mud motor? [Re: FowlDreams]
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Originally Posted By: FowlDreams
Originally Posted By: huntingag01
From what I have seen, another con is the motors don't last as long as outboard and not as east to reverse.


It's a lawnmower motor. They last plenty long enough. Mine was more reliable than any outboard I've ever had.


Yeah they are cheap and easy to fix... outboards are nothing but a headache..
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#5565238 - 01/26/15 10:25 AM Re: Pros/Cons of a mud motor? [Re: Navasot]
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Originally Posted By: Navasot
Originally Posted By: FowlDreams
Originally Posted By: huntingag01
From what I have seen, another con is the motors don't last as long as outboard and not as east to reverse.


It's a lawnmower motor. They last plenty long enough. Mine was more reliable than any outboard I've ever had.


Yeah they are cheap and easy to fix... outboards are nothing but a headache..


I wouldn't say that at all about an outboard. I bought one not realize hole 4 had a smoked piston. When I say smoked I mean the aluminum actually melted like a beer can in the campfire. I was hesitant but I tore the powerhead all the way down to a block and took it to the machine shop. They bored it out and ordered me a ring, bearing and gasket kit. All that was $1100. I put it back together and it runs like a r***d ape. I was very apprehensive to try it. Afterwards I figured that was the easiest engine biuld I have ever done. I biult my first engine at 16 years old. It was a Ford 351M. It took me all summer. I had that Johson powerhead off and at the machine shop in 4 hours flat including a 30 minute drivetime. The mud motors are cheap and easy to fix. But I have to throw that out there about the 2 strokes.
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#5565290 - 01/26/15 10:46 AM Re: Pros/Cons of a mud motor? [Re: txtrophy85]
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