Please help me. I just got my motor running today - she runs perfect! But what’s the best way to set up this motor? I am not the best with boat lingo. Do I need a jack plate? Where should the prop be in comparison with the bottom of the boat? Do I need a foot throttle? I have one around (used) but how do I wire ignition switch trim tilt & what about reverse?

Thanks,   John

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John in hydroland, 

If you have a real 1500XS, I'd fashion a jackplate to get the propshaft about 2 inches below the pad. The motor being a 15" shortshaft, I don't think it will be deep enough flat on the transom. Vectors had 23 inch transom heights. I'd use the foot throttle and trim and tilt is a must for a good running boat. Get a control box with the key switch and wire harness and the wiring and reverse questions are solved. The reason I said real 1500XS is that they were so rare. Does yours have the low water pickup gearcase that it came with? If it does not or the motor is something different the set up above is going to be off. I hope it a "real" one as they were quite special. 

                                 Go get that trim system and control box.




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