PowerDrive Bluetooth i-Pilot Upgrade Kit Installation (2017-2023)

i-Pilot is available as an upgrade kit. Some PowerDrive models do not come with i-Pilot already installed. If you would like to add i-Pilot to your motor, you can use the steps below.

Upgrade Kits

PowerDrive i-Pilot Upgrade Kit, item number 2774155 (compatible with all PowerDrives 2017-2022)
Riptide PowerDrive i-Pilot Upgrade Kit, item number 2774156 (compatible with all Riptide PowerDrives (2017-2022)

NOTE: These instructions cover accessory installation only. Click here to download the complete owner’s manual.

Tools and Resources Required

  • #2 Phillips Screwdriver
  • Heat gun
  • 30-45 Minutes


  1. Use the #2 Phillips Screwdriver to remove the 4 screws that secure the control box cover and remove the control box cover.
  2. If AutoPilot was installed remove all six (6) wires connected to the AutoPilot Board, then remove the Autopilot Board. Cover the exposed end of each wire with one of the included heat shrinks and then use the heat gun to seal the heat shrink onto the connector end.
  3. Remove the Insert Plug. Push from the inside, down on the edge closest to the coil cord, the plug will “pop” out.
  4. Use the #2 Screwdriver to remove both sideplates, then remove the Center Cover exposing the main control board. If CoPilot is installed disconnect its plug connection from the main control board.
  5. Route the i-Pilot Controller Cable that is attached to the i-Pilot Controller down through the opening that the Insert Plug was removed from.
  6. Continue feeding the i-Pilot Controller Cable down the interior of the coil cord.
  7. Install the Insert plug that was included with this kit. Position the Tab that is opposite the opening in the Insert Plug in the Slot closest to the the Motor Shaft, guide the US2 Cable, if installed, and the Ethernet cable into the opening in the Insert Plug then push up on the Insert Plug until the other two tabs snap into place.
  8. If AutoPilot was removed position the wires at the base of the control box next to the Insert Plug. Verify the Motor Wires and US2 cable (if equipped) are routed as low as possible in the control box and do not cross any of the raised ribs.
  9. Place the i-Pilot Controller on the control box, use the #2 Phillips Screwdriver to install the four screws that secure the Controller/Control Box Cover.
  10. Use the #2 Phillips Screwdriver to remove the Strain Relief that holds the foot Pedal cable and power lead near the control board.
  11. If CoPilot was installed complete the removal by using the #2 Phillips screwdriver to remove the two screws retaining the CoPilot Control Board in the Sideplate.
  12. Place the Power Leadwire in the large cavity in the strain relief, the plug connection from the Control Board in the smaller cavity closest to the hole the screw passes through, and the small lead with the black and wires in the final cavity in the strain relief. Install the screw that retains the Strain Relief.
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  13. Locate the Black and White Wires going to the steering housing. On Riptide Motors cut the heatshrinks off of these connections. Separate the Bullet Terminals.
  14. Slide two of the included heat shrinks onto the wire leads coming from the steering motor.
  15. Connect the Bullet Terminals from the Small Controller Lead to the Terminals coming from the Steering Housing, the wires should be Black to Black, White to White and the Terminals should Match. Position the heat shrinks that were installed in step J so they cover the connection and then use the heat gun to seal them.
  16. Place two of the included heat shrinks on the exposed white and black leads that were connected to the leads from the Steering Housing then use the heat gun to seal those connections.
  17. Reinstall the Center Cover and Sideplates. Complete the Installation by connecting the Plug Connection from the Control Board to the Plug Connection from i-Pilot Controller.

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