Swamp Runner Mud Motors 8hp – 16hp Medium Kit
After starting the 2018 TLT Mud Motor Battle with the unboxing of the Beaver Dam mud motor kit, we are now unboxing the Swamp Runner 8hp-16hp Medium Mud Motor Kit. We have one more kit to unbox after this one and that is the Mud Skipper kit. Each kit will have their own article. This is Swamp Runner Mud Motors article. If you want to see the others head over to our Articles Page where you can find what you are looking for!
Swamp Runner Mud Motor Kit Unboxing
The Medium Swamp Runner kit (8-16hp)
- Priced in the middle out of the three kits
- Website is good and easy to check out. Still a little outdated.
- Only sells mud motor kits and parts for those kits and engines.
Swamp Runner is a distributor. SPS is the Thai long tail brand. Swamp Runner Mud Motors is the only distributor in North America allowed to distribute SPS long tails. This is the same with Beaver Dam who deals with CLP, and Mud Skipper that deals with CKS.
- Best packaging out of the three kits
- A very nice, proffesional instruction manual
- Parts and pieces look of quality and a good overall first impression
The Swamp Runner Medium Mud Motor Kit gave me the best first impression. The box was properly sized to fit the parts that were well protected by formed styrofoam where the pieces were secure in the box so they could not move. The shaft was packaged in a thick black plastic that was 2 to 3 times the thickness of the heaviest garbage bag you could buy, along with other wrapping and cardboard to protect smaller pieces on the shaft. Out of the three kits, it had the best packaging. All the parts were there and there was no loose hardware in the box like the other two kits.
Overview of Onboxing
Overall the Swamp Runner Medium kit gave me the best first impression. Everything about this kit looked professional. The packaging, the parts, the instructions; they all stood out compared to the other kits. The Z-bar handle has less of a bend in it, compared to the Beaver Dam kit, which I like. The handle was wrapped with the shaft just like the other kits, but the final wrap on the shaft and handle was a very thick black plastic that was 2 to 3 times thicker than any heavy duty garbage bag you could buy. One word to describe my first impression – Professional.
Z – Bar Handle
Throttle Cable – not visible
Hardware and Misc. Bag
Coupler Shaft Tool
- Engine Base – to mount engine on
- Pivot Arm – for engine base
- Transom Bracket – to connect engine to transom
- Coupler Housing – houses the shaft to engine connection
- Adapter – connects inner long tail shaft to engine shaft
- Z-bar Handle – tiller handle
- Throttle Lever – goes on end of tiller handle to control throttle
- Throttle Cable – connects engine’s throttle control to throttle lever on handle
- Kill Switch – emergency engine shut off
- Props – 8″ & 8.5″
- Hardware and Miscellaneous – bolts,grease fittings, ect…
- Shaft – 85″ shaft
- Coupler Shaft Tool – Used to dis-assemble shaft if an inner part broke
Swamp Runner really seemed to have dominated this unboxing section, but there is still one more kit to unbox and that is the Mud Skipper kit! I’m keeping these unboxing fairly short because its the beginning and its not too interesting compared to what is happening in the future. The comparison articles will be jammed pack, full of information on these kits will be much longer. Let me know if you like the layout of this article and if it is easy to read and understand! It would help other readers out and help me improve my website. Thank you for being apart of this adventure and I hope to see you on the next video and article!
Beaver Dam Mud Runners – CLP
- Most expensive kit at $549 + shipping
Swamp Runner Mud Motors – SPS
- Middle Price kit at $499 + shipping