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Re: New Helix 8
« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2020, 10:43:32 AM »
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Did you get a SI unit or DI only?

@Joe P For the bow I went with a DI unit. I have SI at the console on the older unit there. When I replace that unit, I will replace it with another SI unit.

This is the transducer I will be mounting on my TM.

http://humminbird.johnsonoutdoors.com/accessories/transducers/xtm-9-hw-mdi-t-helix-mega-di-dual-spectrum-chirp-w-temp-trolling-motor
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Re: New Helix 8
« Reply #16 on: January 06, 2020, 12:51:40 PM »
I did some more research and found that this is the shield/protector that I need for the trolling motor transducer.

http://www.transducershieldandsaver.com/product/tm-h7-1-fits-humminbird-solix-mega-g2n-ditransducer-xm-14-hw-mdi-t-or-helix-mega-g3n-di-transducer-xm-9-hw-mdi-t/

The price!!  :o :facepalm: :o :o

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Re: New Helix 8
« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2020, 12:55:39 PM »
Never ends right? You have to spend money just to spend money so that you can use the things you spent money on and hope you get your money's worth. LOL
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Re: New Helix 8
« Reply #18 on: January 06, 2020, 12:58:39 PM »
Never ends right? You have to spend money just to spend money so that you can use the things you spent money on and hope you get your money's worth. LOL

I was just thinking the same thing!  (giggle)

I got a great deal on the Helix, but now I need a new mounting bracket ($85-$100), new wiring $50, a transducer protector ($180), and if I choose to add a screen protector to the unit itself, that's another $50. That's almost another $400  :crying:

Money, money and more money  ::)

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Re: New Helix 8
« Reply #19 on: January 07, 2020, 10:01:31 AM »
WOW...mine was 80 bucks. I wonder how they justify the price difference between units!

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Re: New Helix 8
« Reply #20 on: January 07, 2020, 10:26:11 AM »
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WOW...mine was 80 bucks. I wonder how they justify the price difference between units!

I was wondering the same thing. $179 is ridiculous, and in light of the fact that it isn't any different than yours, how do they justify it?

And the problem is that there is no other transducer protector available for these, so they know they have you backed into a corner.  :crying:

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Re: New Helix 8
« Reply #21 on: February 20, 2020, 11:17:25 AM »
Well, since my last post in this thread, a lot has happened!

I have been on a journey of researching, studying and then ordering the items I need in order to install my new Helix 8.

First, I learned some really good news regarding the transducer shield. The model that I needed ended up being under $100. So, I bought it and will install it when I install the new unit on my boat.

Next, I did some measuring and determined that adding a raised mount probably won't benefit me much (if any), so I will be installing it with the stock mount.

Additionally, I researched the cables that I would need in order to network my Helix with my older 798. I needed a 15 ft. Ethernet cable and then two adapter cables; one for each unit. Those have been ordered, and they actually arrived this morning. They were out of stock at Humminbird and on Amazon, so I checked Walmart.com and found them there at great prices!

Lastly, I need to make a dedicated run with 12 gauge wire, from the battery to the bow, so the Helix will have its own circuit. I found tinned 12-2 multi-strand marine wire on Amazon, at $35 for a 50 ft. spool. I ordered that and it should be here tomorrow.

The only thing I will need to pick up to do the installation might be a few random pieces of various hardware, like maybe some wire connectors, screws, etc.

I'm hoping to get it all done before next weekend, so my boat will be ready to roll.

I will post pics of the install once it's done.

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Re: New Helix 8
« Reply #22 on: February 21, 2020, 10:23:22 AM »
What i did was i ran a 12G wire to the console and put a blue seas fuse block under the console and hooked my units to that. I also put a  power switch at the battery to kill power to the fuse block.
Works great and i have room in the fuse block for extra accessories.

http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Sea-Systems-Blade-Block/dp/B000THQ0CQ?ref_=ast_bbp_dp&th=1.

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Re: New Helix 8
« Reply #23 on: February 21, 2020, 10:31:15 AM »
@Joe P That's a great idea! Thanks for the link to the fuse block.

What about the switch you installed? Do you have a link for that, or a pic I can see?

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Re: New Helix 8
« Reply #24 on: February 21, 2020, 10:33:36 AM »
Is this the switch you used?

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Re: New Helix 8
« Reply #25 on: February 21, 2020, 12:51:03 PM »
I used one of these


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Re: New Helix 8
« Reply #27 on: February 21, 2020, 07:48:58 PM »
@Joe P Did you happen to install any kind of a choke on your circuit to prevent interference?

When I sent my transom transducer back to Humminbird for exchange, the trolling motor transducer came with a choke that they told me to wire into the circuit, right at the battery, to prevent interference with my units.


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Re: New Helix 8
« Reply #28 on: February 22, 2020, 12:37:59 PM »
I have a gen 1 Helix and it didn't come with one, maybe the newer units require it? I 've been lucky and never had any interference
I used the transom transducer that came with the unit on the trolling motor with the transducer saver & shield mount.

I would try it without first seeing you will have direct power source from the battery!

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« Reply #29 on: February 22, 2020, 02:14:22 PM »
I have a gen 1 Helix and it didn't come with one, maybe the newer units require it? I 've been lucky and never had any interference
I used the transom transducer that came with the unit on the trolling motor with the transducer saver & shield mount.

I would try it without first seeing you will have direct power source from the battery!

When I sent the transom transducer to Humminbird for the exchange to a TM transducer, the TM transducer included the choke. I've been told by more than one HB rep that I should be sure to install it. I'm thinking that trolling motor installations are subject to more interference than the transom setups since the transducer is mounted directly on an electric motor.

I'm glad you haven't had any trouble with interference. I have personally never had much trouble with that either on any of my previous units.