Viking Tackle Pod Fish Finder Install

This is how to install the BerleyPro Tacklepod Battery and Transducer kit on a Viking Tacklepod. The benefits of this are to move the batteries and wiring to the back of the pod and out of your way. This frees up usable space and keeps your wiring and batteries away from wet and potentially damaging items.

Render Of Install

 

The BerleyPro kit contains two aluminium trays for the batteries to sit in and a laser cut aluminium cover plate on the top as shown. The transducer mount uses a plastic plug and stainless steel mounting plate to allow quick install of a variety of sounders using the mounting plates provided.

 

Running-Cable-through-the-tackle-pod

 

The first thing we do to install the kit is to mount the transducer. First we need to pull the transducer cable through the opening in the base of the Tacklepod.

Transducer onto stainless plate

 

Once the cable is pulled through bolt the transducer and BerleyPro Stainless steel plate together with the m5 countersunk screws in the orientation as shown.

 

Cable-Runb-Through-Trans-Mount

 

Run the transducer cable through the plastic plug as shown and push it into the round hole at the base of the tackle pod.

 

Transducer plug install

 

Bolt the stainless bracket to the transducer plug.

 

Lowrance-Trasnducer-Installed

 

This is how the Lowrance transducer should look when it is completely installed in the base of the Tacklepod.

 

Hole for power cable

The next step is to drill a hole in the side of the tube as shown to allow the sounder power cable to enter the pod. Make this hole snug on your power cable depending on the diameter of the cable.

 

Coil-Up-Cable

 

 

Once drilled then coil the transducer cable up in the recess until you have just enough extruding the hole to allow it to reach the sounder head unit.

 

Line-up-top-plate

 

Place the BerleyPro cover plate on the top of the pod. You can line this up flush with radius of the round recess and parallel to the lid flange and then start drilling to suit the mounts you have.  It has been drilled to allow either two HD Railblaza starports or 3 normal starports along the front. Click on the attached PDF to see the mount layout.

 

TACKLEPOD COVER PLATE LAYOUT
Cable Cover install

 

Once this has been done the cable cover can now be installed using the 2 m4 cap screws provided.

 

Battery-Mount

 

The two battery trays are going to be mounted onto a Railblaza starport in this example with the fasteners provided.

 

Drilling-Tackle-Pod

 

 

Drill two 5.5mm slots in the center of the two middle slots as shown.

 

Battery tray install

 

Insert the provided counter sunk cap screws into the battery trays through the Tacklepod.

 

Top-Of-Battery-Mount

 

Bolt the a Railblaza Starport and to the top of the cover plate to hold the battery trays up using the two m5 nuts and washers provided.

 

Empty Battery Trays

 

The two battery trays look like this on the inside without batteries in and the Velcro strap installed through the slots on the trays.

 

Full Battery Trays

 

The battery trays can sit two 7 or 9ah batteries in them. This can also be used with only the one battery and they are contained by the Velcro strap around the two batteries.