Using the Ultrex QUEST with Advanced GPS Navigation (2023-present)

The Ultrex QUEST trolling motor is available as freshwater motors and can be controlled with the foot pedal, Advanced GPS Micro Remote, and Advanced GPS Remote. All Ultrex QUEST motors come with Advanced GPS installed. 

Installation Considerations

When installing the Ultrex QUEST, we recommend following the instructions in the Ultrex QUEST Installation Guide. We also recommend a 60 amp circuit breaker. You may also want to consider using a Trolling Motor Plug as it will allow you to easily disconnect your motor from power when not in use or when charging the trolling motor batteries.

  • It is recommended that the motor be mounted as close to the centerline of the boat as possible.
  • Make sure the area under the mounting location is clear to drill holes and install nuts and washers.
  • Make sure the motor rest is positioned far enough beyond the edge of the boat.
  • The motor must not encounter any obstructions as it is lowered into the water or raised into the boat when stowed and deployed.
  • When installing the Ultrex QUEST, we recommend following the instructions in the Ultrex QUEST Installation Guide. We also recommend a 60 amp circuit breaker.
    Click here for MKR-27 60 Amp Circuit Breaker purchase options.
  • Consider a quick release or adapter bracket with the installation of your motor. The button below will walk you through selecting the best Quick Release Bracket for your boat and motor.
  • You may also want to consider using a Trolling Motor Plug as it will allow you to easily disconnect your motor from power when not in use or when charging the trolling motor batteries.
    Click here for MKR-28 Trolling Motor Plug purchase options.

Mount Features

Becoming familiar with the features of the motor will maximize the capabilities this product offers.
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  • Motor Mount
    The Motor Mount is designed to securely hold the motor in place on the deck of the boat. It functions to stow and lock the motor flat on the deck when not in use by providing secure stowage for transport. The Motor Mount also positions the motor when it is in the deployed position.
  • Pull Grip and Cable
    The Pull Grip and Cable releases the lock bar on the Motor Mount, which automatically engages when the unit is stowed or deployed into position. The Pull Grip and Cable should be used to assist when both stowing and deploying the unit. Inspect the Pull Grip and Cable during each use and replace when it shows signs of wear.
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  • Motor Rest and Yoke
    The Motor Rest positions the lower unit as it comes into contact with the nose of the mount and guides it onto the Motor Mount. The Yoke sits in the middle of the Motor Rest and captures the motor shaft. The Yoke keeps the lower unit centered on the Motor Rest when in the stowed position.
  • Hold-Down Strap
    The Hold-Down Strap must be used to place pressure on the motor shaft to hold the Lower Unit tightly against the Motor Rest when stowed. The Hold-Down Strap runs under the Mount and is properly secured when the motor is secured on the Motor Rest and the strap is secured to itself. The Hold-Down Strap should be secured every time the motor is stowed to prevent damage from high wind, rough water or vibrations, including while the boat is trailered.

Deploy and Stow the Ultrex Quest
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  • Deploy
    Make sure that the Hold-Down Strap is not secured and then simply pull back and lift the motor off of the mount with the Pull Grip and Cable. Lower the motor into the water using the Pull Grip and Cable. The motor will lock into the deployed position. Once the motor is deployed, make sure it is seated and locked into position.
  • Stow
    Pull back and lift the motor out of the water with the Pull Grip and Cable. Guided by the Pull Grip and Cable, the lower unit will drop down onto the Motor Rest. The motor will lock into the stowed position. Once the motor is stowed, make sure it is seated and locked into position. Wrap the Hold-Down Strap over top of the motor shaft to secure the motor. When stowing the motor, it automatically disables the operational function of the foot pedal or paired remote. "Motor stowed" will be displayed on the screen of any applicable remote.

Using the Foot Pedal

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Power

  • The Power Switch is located on the left-hand side of the foot pedal and is used to turn the power on and off. The blue light next to the Power icon on the Indicator Panel is illuminated when the power is on. Do not try to steer this motor with the foot pedal when it has lost power.
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Motor Speed

  • The Speed Knob is located on the top-right side of the Toe End of the foot pedal. Turn the Speed Knob clockwise to increase speed and counter-clockwise to decrease speed. Speed can also be adjusted using a Minn Kota-compatible remote.

Momentary Motor Operation

  • In Momentary Motor Operation, the propeller will only run while downward force is applied to the Momentary On Button. The Momentary On Button is located on the top-left Toe End of the foot pedal. Applying downward pressure to the Momentary On Button will turn the propeller on. The motor will then run at the speed set by the Speed Knob. Removing downward force to the Momentary On Button will turn the propeller off. No indicator light is associated with the Momentary On Button.

Constant Motor Operation

  • To switch to Constant Motor Operation, press the Constant On Button. The Constant On Button is located on the bottom-left Heel End of the foot pedal and is labeled on the foot pedal with a propeller symbol. In Constant mode, the propeller will continually run, regardless of whether or not force is being applied to the Momentary On Button. While in Constant Motor Operation, the propeller will run continuously at the speed set by the Speed Knob, or by a Minn Kota wireless remote. The green light next to the Constant On icon on the Indicator Panel will be lit when the motor is in Constant Motor Operation.

    If the propeller is running and encounters an obstruction while in Momentary or Constant Mode, the increased electrical current generated by the obstruction will signal the motor to decrease power to the propeller to prevent damage. If the current overload is detected for more than 20 seconds, the prop will be disabled to prevent damage to the motor. In this event, the operator can turn the prop back on after ensuring that the obstruction has been cleared.

Turn Left or Right

  • Push the Toe End of the foot pedal down to turn right and push the Heel End of the foot pedal down to turn left. The position and direction of the Steering Head directly corresponds to the position of the motor. When turning left or right, the steering motion will end when the cables controlling the direction of the Steering Head and Motor have come to the end of their range of motion. You must use your foot on the pedal to control the steering direction during manual operation.

    The foot pedal is pressure sensitive. Applying gradual pressure to either the Toe or Heel End of the foot pedal will cause the direction to turn gradually. A higher amount of pressure will turn the unit more quickly in the engaged direction. The direction of the motor can also be controlled with a remote. Since the direction of the motor is controlled by pressure applied to the foot pedal and the reaction of the cables to that pressure, the motor will not turn straight without manually applying pressure to the foot pedal (or by using a remote) to align the cables to engage the motor to steer it straight. Due to the Steering Lock feature, the Steering Head and Motor will remain at the last steered position. Turning left or right can also be controlled by the Minn Kota micro remote. Refer to your remote manual to learn more.
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Steering in Reverse

  • The Control Head always indicates the direction of travel. To reverse the direction of travel, turn the Control Head in the complete opposite direction of its current location. Keep in mind that the steering motion will end when the cables controlling the direction of the Control Head have come to the end of their range of motion.

Spot-Lock

  • The Spot-Lock button is located on the right side of the foot pedal and is labeled with an anchor symbol. When the Spot-Lock button is pressed, the location of the motor is recorded to memory. The yellow light next to the Spot-Lock icon on the Indicator Panel is illuminated when Spot-Lock is engaged. To engage Spot-Lock, press the Spot-Lock button. To disengage, press the Spot-Lock button again. When engaging Spot-Lock, a tone will be emitted. When disengaging Spot-Lock with the Spot-Lock button, no tone will be emitted. Steering the motor with the Foot Pedal or adjusting the speed using the Speed Knob will cancel Spot-Lock and a High-Low, High-Low, High-Low tone will be emitted. Spot-Lock can also be controlled with the remote. For more specific directions on how to use Spot-Lock, please refer to your remote manual.
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AutoPilot

  • The AutoPilot button is located on the bottom-right corner of the Foot Pedal and is indicated by the directional symbol. Pressing the AutoPilot button toggles the feature on and off. The red light next to the AutoPilot icon on the Indicator Panel is illuminated when this feature is engaged. When AutoPilot is engaged, a single tone is emitted. There is no tone emitted when AutoPilot is disengaged. AutoPilot can also be controlled using a compatible remote. For more specific directions on how to use AutoPilot, please refer to your remote manual.

Steering Lock

  • When steering the Ultrex with either the foot pedal or a compatible Minn Kota remote, the Steering Lock feature will automatically lock the motor in the last position that was specified, allowing the operator to remove their foot from the pedal or hand from the remote and remain traveling in their chosen direction. The operator can set a new direction at any time by using the foot pedal or remote to rotate the motor. In the event that the motor encounters a solid obstruction, Steering Lock will rotate and lock the motor into a new position to prevent damage.
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Adjusting the Depth of the Motor

Once the boat is on the water, it may be necessary to adjust the lower unit up or down to achieve an optimum depth for motor performance. When setting the depth of the motor, be sure that the top of the motor is submerged at least 12” below the surface of the water to avoid churning or agitation of surface water.
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  1. With the motor in the deployed position, firmly grasp the motor Shaft above the Steering Module.
  2. Locate the Depth Collar on the Shaft. While holding the Shaft in place, unlatch the Depth Collar so that the Shaft can slide freely.
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  3. Raise or lower the motor to the desired depth.
  4. Re-latch the Depth Collar to secure the motor in place.
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Adjusting the Lower Unit for a Secure Stow

When the Motor is stowed, the Lower Unit should lie on the Motor Rest Rails just inside the sideplates of the Motor Mount. Minn Kota recommends securing the motor using the following instructions to avoid damage to the motor and shaft from vibrations during transport.
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  1. Before transporting the boat over water or land, stow the motor to determine where the Lower Unit rests on the Mount.
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  2. If the Lower Unit does not sit on the Motor Rest, deploy the motor so the Depth Collar can be unlatched and the motor can be adjusted to allow it to lie on the Motor Rest.
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  3. With the motor in the deployed position, firmly grasp the motor Shaft above the Steering Module.
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  4. Locate the Depth Collar on the Shaft. While holding the Shaft in place, unlatch the Depth Collar so that the Shaft can slide freely.
  5. Raise or lower the motor to the desired depth.
  6. Re-latch the Depth Collar to secure the motor in place.
  7. Stow the motor again and confirm that the Lower Unit is resting on the Motor Rest Rails within the Motor Rest Area. If it is not resting in the recommended location, re-deploy the motor and re-adjust until it sits where recommended when stowed.
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Adjusting the Pull Grip and Cable

The length of the Cable on the Pull Grip and Cable can be adjusted based on personal preference. Before beginning the adjustment, the Gas Springs must be disengaged and the Steering Module must be removed. Please refer to the "Removal of the Steering Module" section in the Ultrex QUEST Owner's Manual and follow the procedure to "Disconnect the Gas Springs" and "Remove Motor from Mount". It is important to remove the Gas Springs and the Steering Module in order to access the Cable and associated hardware to make any adjustments.
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  1. With the Gas Springs disconnected and the Steering Module removed, ensure that the mount is in the deployed position.
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  2. Locate the end of the Cable and the Pull Cable Clamp inside the Aluminum Arm of the Mount.
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  3. Grasp the Pull Cable Clamp and Cable and pull it out of the Aluminum Arm.
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  4. The Pull Cable Clamp contains two Set Screws. Loosen- but do not remove- these two screws with a 5/64" Allen Wrench until the Cable can slide in the Pull Cable Clamp.
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  5. Adjust the Cable to the desired length.
  6. Re-tighten the two Set Screws using the 5/64 "Allen Wrench. Tighten the Set Screws to 16-19 in-lbs. Be sure that the Set Screws are properly seated on the Cable in the Pull Cable Clamp. The Set Screws must provide adequate tension on the Cable to keep it retained in the Pull Cable Clamp during normal operation. When the two Set Screws are properly tightened, they must be recessed slightly below the surface of the Pull Cable Clamp.
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  7. Using a Hack Saw, trim the Cable so there is no more that 1/16" excess beyond the Pull Cable Clamp.
  8. Once the Cable has been cut to length, take the Pull Grip and pull the Cable back into place until it is seated against the Latch Strap Cable Pull Bracket. Ensure that the Pull Cable Clamp is seated into the Pins on the Latch Strap Cable Pull Bracket.
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  9. After the Cable is in place, refer to the "Removal of the Steering Module" section of these instructions and follow the procedure to "Reassemble the Steering Module."
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Adjusting the Steering Cable

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  1. The Cable Tension Screw is located at the base of the Foot Pedal on the Toe End. The screw is below the Steering Cable Cover. The tension of the screw can be adjusted using a #3 Phillips Screwdriver.
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Indexing the Ultrex QUEST Motor for a Port Installation

The Ultrex QUEST comes from the factory with the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly set inboard for a Port installation. The recommendation for correct indexing of the trolling motor is to have the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly, which attaches the Foot Pedal to the Mount, pointing inboard. Use these following instructions to index the motor if the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly is already pointing inboard. The following indexing instructions will align the trolling motor correctly and provide the best motor performance. If the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly is outboard, use the instructions "Rotate the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly for a Starboard Mount for the Ultrex QUEST".

Note: These steps are only for the Ultrex Quest motors. These steps DO NOT apply to the Ultrex motors that do not have a QUEST motor. Click here for instructions indexing the Ultrex with a brushed motor.

 

Determining the Ultrex QUEST is indexed correctly

Once installed, the trolling motor is indexed correctly when:

  1. The motor is deployed.
  2. The trolling motor Control Head and Lower Unit are parallel to the centerline or keel of the boat.
  3. The top of the Foot Pedal is parallel to the deck of the boat.

Indexing the Ultrex for a Port Installation

  1. Turn the Power Switch on the Foot Pedal "on" and steer the motor so that the Control Head is parallel to the Keel of the boat. Do this by steering the motor with the Foot Pedal, turning the motor with the remote, or manually turning the Control Head of the motor.
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  2. Leave the Control Head in the desired alignment and turn the power to the Foot Pedal "off". Then disconnect the power by removing the power cables from the battery or turning "off" the breaker if equipped.
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  3. With the Control Head positioned parallel with the keel or centerline of the boat, the top of the Foot Pedal will likely not be parallel with the Boat Deck. The following instructions will correct the top position of the Foot Pedal.
  4. The adjustment to the Foot Pedal is made by repositioning internal parts located where the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly, Coil Cord, and Steering Module join. The Coil Cord Cover secures the Coil Cord in place with four screws at the end of the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly and the top of the Steering Module.
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  5. Two of the screws on the Starboard side of the Coil Cord Cover each hold a C-shaped Clip in place. The Clips retain any Ethernet or Sonar cables present. Locate the four screws holding the Coil Cord Cover in place. Using a #2 Phillips Screwdriver, remove the four Screws and the two Clips from the Coil Cord Cover and set them aside for reassembly later.
  6. Once the two Clips and four screws are free, lift the Coil Cord Cover up and away from the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly.
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  7. Set the Coil Cord Cover aside for reassembly later.
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  8. Locate the eight screws holding the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly Cover. Remove the screws using a #2 Phillips Screwdriver. Set the screws aside.
  9. Remove the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly Cover by lifting it straight up. Lift the Coil Cord Assembly to the side to remove the cover if necessary.
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  10. Find the two wire connections inside the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly. One has a white Clip and the other has a black Clip. The Clips for both connections are located between the Steering Cables and are contained behind the Cable Anchor. The folded wires fit in this space, and the stacked Clips sit on each other.
  11. The wires from the Wrap Drum will be resting on a Post in the middle of the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly. Lift the wires so they are free from the Assembly. Lift the wires so they are free from the straight from the Wrap Drum to the Cable Sleeve that is cable tied in place on the Coil Cord.
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  12. Disconnect both Clips.
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  13. The black and white Clip wires from the Cable Sleeve on the Coil Cord need to be free of the Cable Anchor and out of the way to access the three Cable Anchor Screws that hold the Cable Anchor to the Steering Module. The wires that come out of the Wrap Drum must be free of obstructions to faciltate lifting the Wrap Drum later in the installation.
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  14. On the Foot Pedal, locate the Cable Tension Screw under the base of the Toe End of the Foot Pedal.
  15. The Cable Tension Screw holds tension on the Steering Cables. Use a #3 Phillips Screwdriver to loosen this screw. Turning the screw approximately eight rotations counterclockwise should provide enough slack in the cables to adjust. Keep track of the number of screw rotations so it can be re-tightened accordingly later.
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  16. Loosen the Cable Tension Screw just enough so that the Steering Cables can be pinched together between the Cable Anchor and Wrap Drum.
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  17. Once the Steering Cables are loose, take a #2 Phillips Screwdriver and remove the three Cable Anchor Screws that hold the Cable Anchor in place on the Steering Module. Set the screws aside.
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  18. With the three screws holding the Cable Anchor removed, the Cable Anchor and bottom of the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly can move freely around the Cable Spline Gear. The Wrap Drum sits on the Cable Spline Gear.
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  19. Once the Cable Tension Screw on the Foot Pedal is loosened, use a Flat-blade Screwdriver to pry the Wrap Drum straight off the Cable Gear. Lift until the Wrap Drum is free of the Cable Spline Gear.
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  20. While holding the Wrap Drum just above the Cable Spline Gear, and maintaining tension on the Steering Cables, carefully rotate the Wrap Drum right or left until the top of the Foot Pedal is parallel with the deck of the boat. The proper position of the Wrap Drum will locate the Drum Anchors for each Steering Cable equidistant from the mid-line of the Cable Anchor, where it is secured to the Steering Module.
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  21. Once the Foot Pedal is at the desired position, align the Wrap Drum with the nearest tooth on the splined shaft of the Cable Spline Gear. Press the Wrap Drum securely, so it is seated on top of the gear. At this point, the head of the motor should be parallel with the Boat Keel, and the top of the Foot Pedal should be parallel with the Boat Deck.
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  22. Take the three Cable Anchor Screws that hold the Cable Anchor to the Steering Module and replace them using a #2 Phillips Screwdriver. The screws should pass through the Cable Anchor and the bottom of the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly and into the Steering Module. Tighten the Cable Anchor Screws to 30 in-lbs.
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  23. Once the screws are in place, return to the Foot Pedal.
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  24. Using a #3 Phillips Screwdriver, tighten the Cable Tension Screw located at the base of the Toe End of the Foot Pedal to 10 - 12 in-lbs until the Steering Cables are under tension, or re-tighten the Cable Tension Screw the same number of turns it was loosened to at the beginning of the process.
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  25. The wires from the Steering Module go through the center of the Cable Spline Gear and the Wrap Drum. The mated connection to these wires enters the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly from the Coil Cord. Match the wire with the white Clip with the corresponding wire with the white Clip and press the connection together.
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  26. Do the same for the wires with the black Clip.
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  27. With the Clips secured, guide the wires from the Wrap Drum straight and position them towards the Coil Cord away from the Wrap Drum.
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  28. To cleanly place the wires inside the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly, start with the wire with the white Clip. Place the wire with the white Clip in the groove of the Post on the Cable Anchor. Then gently guide the wire past the "V" groove of the Cable Anchor.
  29. Take the white Clips and gently bend the wires so that the slack in the wires forms a loose "S" shape. Guide it to the side of the Cable Anchor where the Steering Cables are coated with a black sleeve away from the Wrap Drum. Place the white Clip and the "S" shaped wire between the black sleeve on the Cables.
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  30. Repeat the process for the wire with the black Clip. Shape the wire with the black Clip into a small loop rather than an "S" shape.
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  31. Ensure the wires are seated and will not be pinched or kinked when the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly Cover is replaced.
  32. Take the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly Cover and rotate it so that the rounded end is over the Wrap Drum. Place the cover on the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly.
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  33. Take the screws and place one in each of the eight Mounting Holes with recessed embossing. Use a #2 Phillips Screwdriver and tighten to 13 in-lbs.
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  34. The Coil Cord Assembly is covered by a Sleeve that joins the wires and cables that exit the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly and extends to the Foot Pedal. The Sleeve is secured with a Cable Tie, which joins with the Coil Cord.
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  35. Adjust the Coil Cord so that the Sleeve with the Cable Tie sits into the bottom recess of the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly. To do this, rotate the main part of the Coil Cord Assembly by the Molded Block. The Molded Block is rectangular in shape and should be rotated so that the word "UP" molded into the block is facing upward. Press the Molded Block into the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly Cover until seated.
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  36. The Molded Block of the Coil Cord Assembly should be seated, and the Cable Tie and Sleeve should be secured in the recess at the bottom of the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly. Take the Coil Cord Cover and replace it on the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly and Molded Block. The stepped design of the Cover fits around the back of the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly. Be sure that the Coil Cord exits the assembly and that the Sleeve and Cable tie below it are in place. The wires and Sleeve should be captured but not pinched between the Cover and Sleeve.
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  37. Take the four screws and two Clips that were removed at the beginning of the installation and replace them. The Clips should be installed with the two screws on the starboard side of the motor for a standard installation. When installing the Clips, they should be rotated so that the opening is downward toward the Boat Deck. Replace the two screws that hold the Clips first so that they first go through the Coil Cord Cover and into the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly. Use a #2 Phillips Screwdriver. If present, capture the Sonar or Ethernet Cables into the Clips when they are reinstalled.
     
  38. The screws that do not hold Clips on the Port-side of the Mount can be installed directly into the Coil Cord Cover and Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly. Tighten all four screws to 13 in-lbs.
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Rotate the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly for a Starboard Mount for the Ultrex QUEST

By default, the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly is factory set so that when your Ultrex QUEST is installed on the port side of your boat, the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly points inboard. Should you choose to install your Ultrex QUEST on the Starboard side of your boat, it is recommended that the default mounting location be changed so that the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly points inboard.

Note: These steps are only for the Ultrex Quest motors. These steps DO NOT apply to the Ultrex motors that do not have a QUEST motor. Click here for instructions indexing the Ultrex with a brushed motor.

Use the following instructions to change the mounting location of the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly on the Steering Module to point inboard, and properly align the Control Head of the motor. If your motor was installed on the Port side of the boat, please disregard these instructions and see the article Indexing the Ultrex QUEST Motor for a Port Installation (2023-present).

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Determining the Ultrex QUEST is indexed correctly

Once installed, the trolling motor is indexed correctly when:

  1. The motor is deployed.
  2. The trolling motor Control Head and Lower Unit are parallel to the centerline or keel of the boat.
  3. The top of the Foot Pedal is parallel to the deck of the boat.

Rotate the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly for a Starboard Mount

  1. Turn the Power Switch on the Foot Pedal "on" and steer the motor so that the Control Head is inline with the keel of the boat. Do this by steering the motor with the Foot Pedal, turning the motor with the remote, or manually turning the Control Head of the motor.
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  2. Leave the Control Head in the desired alignment and turn the power to the Foot Pedal "off". Then disconnect the power by removing the power cables from the battery or turning "off" the breaker if equipped.
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  3. With the Control Head positioned parallel with the keel or centerline of the boat, the top of the Foot Pedal will likely not be parallel with the Boat Deck. The following instructions will correct the top position of the Foot Pedal.
  4. The adjustment to the Foot Pedal and rotating the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly is made by repositioning internal parts located where the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly, Coil Cord, and Steering Module join. The Coil Cord Cover secures the Coil Cord in place with four screws at the end of the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly and the top of the Steering Module.
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  5. Two of the screws on the Starboard side of the Coil Cord Cover each hold a C-shaped Clip in place. The Clips retain any Ethernet or Sonar cables present. Locate the four screws holding the Coil Cord Cover in place. Using a #2 Phillips Screwdriver, remove the four Screws and the two Clips from the Coil Cord Cover and set them aside for reassembly later.
  6. Once two Clips and four screws are free, lift the Coil Cord Cover up and away from the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly.
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  7. Set the Coil Cord Cover aside for reassembly later.
  8. Locate the eight screws holding the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly Cover. Remove the screws using a #2 Phillips Screwdriver. Set the screws aside.
  9. Remove the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly Cover by lifting it straight up. Lift the Coil Cord Assembly to the side to remove the cover if necessary.
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  10. Find the two wire connections inside the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly. One has a white Clip and the other has a black Clip. The Clips for both connections are located between the Steering Cables and are contained behind the Cable Anchor. The folded wires fit in this space, and the stacked Clips sit on each other.
  11. The wires from the Wrap Drum will be resting on a Post in the middle of the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly. Lift the wire so they are free from the Post and straighten them. The wires should be straight from the Wrap Drum to the Cable Sleeve that is cable tied in place on the Coil Cord.
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  12. Disconnect both Clips.
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  13. The black and white Clip wires from the Cable Sleeve on the Coil Cord need to be free of the Cable Anchor and out of the way to access the three Cable Anchor Screws that hold the Cable Anchor to the Steering Module. The wires that come out of the Wrap Drum must be free of obstructions to facilitate lifting the Wrap Drum later in the installation.
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  14. On the Foot Pedal, locate the Cable Tension Screw under the base of the Toe End of the Foot Pedal.
  15. The Cable Tension Screw holds tension on the Steering Cables. Use a #3 Phillips Screwdriver to loosen this screw. Turning the screw approximately fifteen rotations counterclockwise should provide enough slack in the cables to adjust. Keep track of the number of screw rotations so it can be re-tightened accordingly later.
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  16. Loosen the Cable Tension Screw just enough so that the Steering Cables can be pinched together between the Cable Anchor and Wrap Drum.
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  17. Once the Steering Cables are loose, take a #2 Phillips Screwdriver and remove the three Cable Anchor Screws that hold the Cable Anchor in place on the Steering Module. Set the screws aside.
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  18. With the three screws holding the Cable Anchor removed, the Cable Anchor and bottom of the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly can move freely around the Cable Spline Gear. The Wrap Drum sits on the Cable Spline Gear.
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  19. Once the Cable Tension Screw on the Foot Pedal is loosened, use a Flat-blade Screwdriver to pry the Wrap Drum straight off the Cable Gear. Lift until the Wrap Drum is free of the Cable Spline Gear.
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  20. While holding the Wrap Drum just above the Cable Spline Gear, and maintaining tension on the Steering Cables, carefully rotate the Wrap Drum, Cable Anchor, and bottom of the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly inboard towards the Port side of the boat. Rotate the pieces, keeping the Wrap Drum centered over the Cable Spline Gear. The Cable Anchor and bottom of the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly contain holes that align to install the Cable Anchor Screws. The pieces are rotated to the correct position when the Mounting Holes in the Cable Anchor and Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly align with the threaded holes on the Port-facing side of the Steering Module.
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  21. While holding only the Wrap Drum just above the Cable Spline Gear, and maintaining tension on the Steering Cables, carefully rotate the Wrap Drum right or left until the top of the Foot Pedal is parallel with the deck of the boat. The proper position of the Wrap Drum will locate the Drum Anchors for each Steering Cable equidistant from the mid-line of the Cable Anchor, where it is secured to the Steering Module.
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  22. Once the Foot Pedal is at the desired position, align the Wrap Drum with the nearest tooth on the Splined Shaft of the Cable Spline Gear. Press the Wrap Drum securely, so it is seated on top of the gear. At this point, the head of the motor should be parallel with the Boat Keel, and the top of the foot pedal should be parallel with the Boat Deck.

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  23. Take the three Cable Anchor Screws that hold the Cable Anchor to the Steering Module and replace them using a #2 Phillips Screwdriver. The screws should pass through the Cable Anchor and the bottom of the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly and into the Steering Module. Tighten the Cable Anchor Screws to 30 in-lbs.
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  24. Once the screws are in place, return to the Foot Pedal.
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  25. Using a #3 Phillips Screwdriver, tighten the Cable Tension Screw located at the base of the Toe End of the Foot Pedal to 10 - 12 in-lbs until the Steering Cables are under tension, or re-tighten the Cable Tension Screw the same number of turns it was loosened to at the beginning of the process.
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  26. The wires from the Steering Module go through the center of the Cable Spline Gear and the Wrap Drum. The mated connection to these wires enters the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly from the Coil Cord. Match the wire with the white Clip with the corresponding wire with the white Clip and press the connection together.
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  27. Do the same for the wires with the black Clip.
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  28. With the Clips secured, guide the wires from the Wrap Drum straight and position them towards the Coil Cord away from the Wrap Drum.
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  29. To cleanly place the wires inside the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly, start with the wire with the white Clip. Place the wire with the white Clip in the groove of the Post on the Cable Anchor. Then gently guide the wire past the "V" groove of the Cable Anchor.
  30. Take the white Clips and gently bend the wires so that the slack in the wires forms a loose "S" shape. Guide it to the side of the Cable Anchor where the Steering Cables are coated with a black sleeve away from the Wrap Drum. Place the white Clip and the "S" shaped wire between the black sleeve on the Cables.
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  31. Repeat the process for the wire with the black Clip. Shape the wire with the black Clip into a small loop rather than an "S" shape.
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  32. Ensure the wires are seated and will not be pinched or kinked when the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly Cover is replaced.
  33. Take the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly Cover and rotate it so that the rounded end is over the Wrap Drum. Place the cover on the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly.
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  34. Take the screws and place one in each of the eight Mounting Holes with recessed embossing. Use a #2 Phillips Screwdriver and tighten to 13 in-lbs.
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  35. The Coil Cord Assembly is covered by a Sleeve that joins the wires and cables that exit the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly and extends to the Foot Pedal. The Sleeve is secured with a Cable Tie, which joins with the Coil Cord.
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  36. Adjust the Coil Cord so that the Sleeve with the Cable Tie sits into the bottom recess of the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly. To do this, rotate the main part of the Coil Cord Assembly by the Molded Block. The Molded Block is rectangular in shape and should be rotated so that the word "UP" molded into the block is facing upward. Press the Molded Knob into the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly Cover until seated.
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  37. The Molded Block of the Coil Cord Assembly should be seated, and the Cable Tie and Sleeve should be secured in the recess at the bottom of the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly. Take the Coil Cord Cover and replace it on the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly and Molded Block. The stepped design of the Cover fits around the back of the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly. Be sure that the Coil Cord exits the assembly and that the Sleeve and Cable tie below it are in place. The wires and Sleeve should be captured but not pinched between the Cover and Sleeve.
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  38. Take the four screws and two Clips that were removed at the beginning of the installation and replace them. The Clips should be installed with the two screws on the starboard side of the motor for a standard installation. When installing the Clips, they should be rotated so that the opening is downward toward the Boat Deck. Replace the two screws that hold the Clips first so that they first go through the Coil Cord Cover and into the Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly. Use a #2 Phillips Screwdriver. If present, capture the Sonar or Ethernet Cables into the Clips when they are reinstalled.
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  39. The screws that do not hold Clips on the Starboard-side of the Mount can be installed directly into the Coil Cord Cover and Pedal Control Sleeve Assembly. Tighten all four screws to 13 in-lbs.
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Power the Remote On and Off

  • To Power the remote on, press the power button on the side of the remote.
  • To Power Off the remote, press the Power button and then the Steer Right button.

Power Button

When using the Wireless Remote buttons, the Power button will open the Power Menu system. The Speed Up and Speed Down buttons are used to move up and down the menu and the Steer Right button is used to select a menu option.
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Power Menu
The Power Menu is accessible by pressing the Power button on the right side of the remote. Become familiar with the choices in the Power Menu to better control the Wireless Remote. Power Menu selections are dynamic, depending on your setup. Standard selections include Power Off, Backlight and Backlight Timeout. Additional selections may include Shallow Water Anchor and Motor menus when these devices are connected.

  • POWER OFF - Powers the remote "off."
  • BACKLIGHT - Sets the Backlight intensity to either "off" or a range of one to five. The default is "off."
  • BACKLIGHT TIMEOUT - Sets the timeout duration for the Backlight. It can be set to 10 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes, and Always On. The default is 30 seconds.
  • RAPTOR/TALON UP - Only visible when a Raptor/Talon is paired. Use to retract the Raptor/Talon.
  • RAPTOR/TALON DOWN - Only visible when a Raptor/Talon is paired. Use to deploy the Raptor/Talon.
  • INSTINCT/ULTERRA - Only visible when an Ulterra, Ulterra QUEST & RT Instinct QUEST motor is connected. Use to stow and deploy the motor and adjust the trim.

Turn the Prop On and Off

When turning on the prop, the motor needs to be at least 18 inches below the mount. There is a lockout zone to prevent the motor from accidentally turning on and causing damage.

  • The prop can be turned on and off by pressing the prop button.

Increase and Decrease Speed

To increase or decrease your speed with the remote, the motor must be deployed and the prop on.

  • Press the + button to increase your speed.
  • Press the - button to decrease your speed.

Steer the Motor

To steer the motor left or right with the remote, the motor must be deployed.

  • Use the right arrow button to turn the motor to the right.
  • Use the left arrow button to turn the motor to the left.

Spot-Lock

Use GPS coordinates to automatically anchor the boat at a desired spot.

  • Engage Spot-Lock
    1. Press the Spot-Lock button.
    2. To save the Spot-Lock, press the Menu button. Scroll to Save Spot-Lock. Select it by pressing the Steer Right button.
  • Disengage Spot-Lock
    1. With Spot-Lock engaged, press the Spot-Lock button on the remote to disengage.

Spot-Lock Jog

Spot-Lock Jog is a feature that is only available when the i-Pilot controller is paired with a Heading Sensor.

  • To engage Spot-Lock Jog, first engage Spot-Lock. Use the Speed Down (jog backward), Speed Up (jog forward), Steer Left (jog left), and Steer Right (jog right) buttons to jog the Spot-Lock location 5-feet in the selected direction from the current Spot-Lock location.

Cruise Control

Dial in and adjust target speed to keep speed over ground (SOG) consistent.

  • Engage Cruise Control
    1. Press the Cruise Control button on the remote.
    2. The Target Speed will appear on the display screen. Press the Speed Down or Speed Up buttons to adjust the Target Speed.
  • Disengage Cruise Control
    1. When Cruise Control is engaged, press the Cruise Control button on the remote to disengage Cruise Control
  • Jump To or Set a Cruise Control Preset
    1. To jump to or set a Cruise Control Preset, first engage Cruise Control.
    2. Use the Speed Down or Speed Up buttons to change the Target Speed. While adjusting the Target Speed, the menu at the bottom of the display screen temporarily changes to display two Preset Target Speeds.
    3. While the Presets are showing, press either the Left Softkey or Right Softkey to jump to the corresponding Preset on the display screen.
    4. To save the Preset to a new value, adjust the Target Speed to the desired value. While the Presets are showing in the menu at the bottom of the display screen, press and hold either the Left Softkey or Right Softkey.
    • Locked Heading
      Uses compass heading to keep the motor pointed in the same compass direction.
    • Locked Course
      Uses compass heading and GPS data to correct for wind, current and external forces to keep the boat on the intended course.
  1. Press the AutoPilot button on the remote to disengage AutoPilot.
  2. Either Locked Course or Locked Heading AutoPilot will be engaged depending on the AutoPilot Mode selected.
  3. When AutoPilot is engaged, press the AutoPilot button to disengage.
  4. When AutoPilot is engaged, press the Menu button and select Adjust Course by pressing the Steer Right button.
  5. Scroll to the Jog option and press the Steer Left or Steer Right button to adjust the course by 5-foot increments.

AutoPilot

When in AutoPilot, Advanced GPS Navigation keeps the trolling motor pointed in the direction you want to go. Each time the wind or water current moves the boat off course, the AutoPilot senses the change and steers itself back to the original heading. The AutoPilot direction is set every time a steering change is made. To change direction, steer until the Control Head points to the desired course. AutoPilot will pull the bow of the boat around and correct automatically until the boat is moving in the direction you chose.

AutoPilot Modes

Two different modes of AutoPilot are available, Locked Heading and Locked Course. Both are collectively referred to as AutoPilot. There are distinct differences between the two AutoPilot Modes and how they control your boat. Both Locked Heading and Locked Course are valuable tools the fisherman can use for accurate and precise bait presentation. We highly recommend getting on the water and trying both Locked Heading and Locked Course in various fishing situations and applications. With experimentation and time you will find which AutoPilot Mode works best for you in any given situation.

  • Locked Heading
    Uses compass heading to keep the motor pointed in the same compass direction.
  • Locked Course
    Uses compass heading and GPS data to correct for wind, current and external forces to keep the boat on the intended course.

Engage and Disengage Legacy AutoPilot or Advanced AutoPilot

  1. Press the AutoPilot button on the remote to disengage AutoPilot.
  2. Either Locked Course or Locked Heading AutoPilot will be engaged depending on the AutoPilot Mode selected.
  3. When AutoPilot is engaged, press the AutoPilot button to disengage.

Locked Course Autopilot Jog

  1. When AutoPilot is engaged, press the Menu button and select Adjust Course by pressing the Steer Right button.
  2. Scroll to the Jog option and press the Steer Left or Steer Right button to adjust the course by 5-foot increments.

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  • speed up down.pngSpeed Down & Speed Up
    Press to decrease or increase motor speed.
  • prop on off.pngProp On/Off
    Pressing this button will turn the Prop on and off.
  • steer left right.pngSteer Left & Steer Right
    Press to steer the motor to the left or to the right.
  • max speed.pngMax Speed
    Bypasses the current motor speed to speed 10. Double press to engage. Single press to disengage.
  • spot lock.pngSpot-Lock
    Press to enable Spot-Lock. When Spot-Lock is enabled from the Micro Remote, use either the fully functioning standard remote or the fish finder if you want to save it.
  • autopilot.pngAutoPilot
    Press to enable AutoPilot. The selection between Heading Lock and Course Lock must be made from either the fully functioning standard remote or the fish finder.

Video Guide: Minn Kota Ultrex QUEST Trolling Motor Overview

In this video, Adam Knowles from Minn Kota joins us to unveil the exciting new Ultrex QUEST trolling motor. Anglers are now venturing into more challenging conditions than ever before, and that's precisely why the Ultrex QUEST was designed. Let's dive right into the features and see what sets it apart.

  • COMPLETE OVERHAUL
    Starting from scratch, the Ultrex QUEST is a completely redesigned trolling motor, while retaining all the beloved features of the original Ultrex. First off, you'll notice the larger brushless lower unit, offering 30% greater efficiency than the previous model and an impressive 50% more torque at 24 volts. Torque is the power that allows you to cut through weeds and maneuver your boat swiftly. To support this added power, Minn Kota has reinforced and reimagined the mount, bracket, shaft, and pivot points with enhanced durability and rigidity.
  • TWO DIFFERENT PROPS
    Every Ultrex QUEST motor includes two props: the power prop and the Weedless Wedge. The power prop is ideal for open water, delivering maximum speed and torque. On the other hand, the Weedless Wedge prop features flare tips to efficiently shed weeds while maintaining performance across all RPM ranges.
  • ASSISTED STOW AND DEPLOY
    The focus with the Ultrex QUEST was to make it easier than ever to stow and deploy. The new trolling motor features an improved the lift assist and even offers aftermarket lift assist cylinders for accessories. Once deployed, the motor automatically aligns itself straight ahead, allowing you to start fishing right away. When it's time to stow the trolling motor out of the water, it turns perpendicular to the mount, eliminating the need to step on the pedal. This feature ensures your forward-facing sonar transducer or other equipment remains undisturbed and facing upward.
  • NEW FOOT PEDAL
    The Ultrex QUEST foot pedal maintains its familiar wire-to-water feel, but with an added programmable One-Boat Network key. This key allows you to engage autopilot, mark waypoints on a Humminbird fish finder, or deploy your shallow water anchors, such as Raptors or Talons.
  • BATTERY MONITORING
    In the importance of maximizing your time on the water to gain a competitive edge, Minn Kota has introduced real-time battery monitoring through your Humminbird fish finder. You can also extend your day by activating eco mode when you reach 20% battery life, conserving power for essential functions.
  • NEW DRIFT MODE
    GPS functionality has always been a standout feature of the Ultrex, and Minn Kota has taken it further with the Ultrex-Quest trolling motor. In addition to the renowned Spot-Lock, the new Drift Mode feature allows you to maintain a target speed and heading while slowing down to match wind or current conditions. It's perfect for fishing expansive flats or areas where you want precise control over your drift speed.
  • ALL IN ONE BOX
    At Minn Kota, compatibility is crucial. All Ultrex QUEST models come with built-in dual spectrum CHIRP or MEGA Side Imaging and include the necessary cabling for connecting to Humminbird fish finders right out of the box. Whether you have an APEX, SOLIX, or HELIX unit, Minn Kota has you covered. Additionally, due to the larger shaft of the Ultrex-Quest trolling motor, you'll find an additional mount for your live transducer, making installation a breeze.

Click here for Ultrex QUEST purchase options.

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