Mud Skipper Longtail Mud Motor Kit Assembly

Lastly, we are looking at the Mud Skipper Longtail Mud Motor Kit Assembly. We are going to go ahead and break down how the assembly went. You can also watch the assembly video if you haven’t already seen it!

Before Assembly

Mud Skipper Longtail Mud Motor Kit Assembly

To start things off, the only written content you receive in your package, with your kit, is four pieces of paper stapled together. The top one is your invoice, the second piece is the maintenance/safety instructions, and then the last two pieces are the assembly instructions. They do not include any helpful information on what tools you will need to assemble your kit, so to be helpful, here is the list of tools I used:

Tools and Extra Parts:

  • Crescent Wrenches (Adjustable Wrenches) x 2
  • Flat Head Screw Driver
  • Philips Head Screw Driver
  • Pliers
  • Side Cutters
  • Blue Thread Lock
  • Electrical Tape (safety kill switch)
  • Zip-Ties
  • Grease
  • Insulated Wire (safety kill switch)
  • Wire Connectors (safety kill switch)

Recommended

  • Socket Set
  • Wrench Set
  • Shop Rags

Overview of Assembly

So it didn’t really start off the best, with not having a list of tools you would need to have, but you only had to read two pieces of paper to become familiar with the Mud Skipper longtail mud motor assembly so I guess thats a positive? Overall the assembly of the kit is simple, because there is no adjusting of tail weight, so there seems to be less parts. The bad thing about this is that, if the tail weight isn’t correct (which it wasn’t for me), its not going to be easy or fun to drive. You are going to have to be pulling up on the handle and fighting the prop to stay in the water once you reach higher RPM’s and speeds. Thats the bad thing about improper tail weight balance.

The kit was okay to install, but since the transom on my 1436 Alumacraft LT has a steep angle to it, I had to flip the transom bracket around to allow proper clearance and operation of the mud motor. The transom bracket did not seem to sit correctly, and you can see it in the video. The instructions were not the best and you had to guess about a few things and where they went because the instructions were also out of date. The pictures were colored, but again, were out dated. Overall not impressed or pleased with this kit so far.

Key Differences

Instructions

The directions that came with the Mud Skipper Longtail Mud Motor kit were not good. The pictures and text were both outdated, the install instructions are not very specific and confusing since they are out dated, and the only instructions for the kill switch wiring is a YouTube video, no written content.

Coupling the Longtail Shaft

The coupler was more similar to the Beaver Dam kit. You had an adapter that bolted onto the engine output shaft, and then your splined longtail shaft fit into that coupler. The coupler is also short like the Beaver Dam kit and does not extend the length of the longtail much. I will go more in depth on length of the coupler and shaft in the Final Assembly Comparison.

Safety Kill Switch

Mud Skipper Longtail Mud Motor kit Assembly went okay, but the safety kill switch always seems to be the hardest part. For this kill switch, I did not like the looks of it, there was no written content about how to install it, only video, so I did not use it. I installed this kit after the Beaver Dam Mud Runner kit and just reused that kill switch. The kill switch did come with its own wires.

Beaver Dam Mud Runners – CLP
Swamp Runner Mud Motors – SPS
Mud Skipper – CKS