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Wilderness Systems Flex Pod Sonar Install
« on: April 06, 2015, 11:09 PM »
The Wilderness Systems Thresher 140 and 155 Along with the New ATAK  are equipped with the Flex Pod OS.  The Flex Pod is a removable console positioned at the end of the footwell right behind the front storage hatch.  The flex Pod fits into a well with a large rectangular scupper hole to accommodate a variety of transducers.  The flex pod can be used for additional storage, but the main purpose is to house a sonar/gps head unit, and have a transducer mounted to it, with the inside of the pod able to store the battery and wiring.  With your Sonar installed to the Pod it makes for a very clean set up capable of being removed all as one piece and then redeployed very easily back onto the boat for the next trip.
For my install  on a Thresher 140 I went with the Raymarine Dragonfly 5 Pro, but this process would work for many different head units.   I started by mounting the transducer  bracket to the bottom of the pod with three stainless steel screws with rubber backed washers and nylon lock nuts.  I drilled the holes slightly smaller than the screw diameter so when I put the screws in they “thread” themselves into the plastic.  I use silicone on all screw threads and around the nuts on the inside of the pod.


 Next I drilled a ¾” hole as close to the top of the recessed channel on the front of the pod.  I had to use a ¾” hole to fit the plug of the head unit through.  To seal the hole I used a rubber grommet cut open to go around the wire and then fit it into the hole and used plenty of silicone front and back to seal it up.  I also mounted a wire securing tab right below the hole outside and right next to it on the inside.  I zip –tied the transducer wire to both tabs.

    The next step was putting the waterproof strain relief fitting into the lid of the pod.  I used a ¾” strain relief fitting available in any hardware stores electrical department.  I used this fitting because the size of the transducer plug for the dragon fly was too big for anything smaller.   I drilled a 1” hole  in the lid  and secured the fitting to the lid.  I used an extra washer between the lid and locknut along with silicone on the underside and the rubber o-ring on top of the lid.


  Once the fitting was in place I fed the cables through and tightened down until the cables were firmly in place.  I used a little silicone to ensure waterproofing.   At this point the install is pretty much complete.  You could mount the unit directly to the pod or I chose to mount my head unit on a YakAttack 1” screw ball on the slidetrax on the center storage hatch of the Thresher.   
 





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Re: Wilderness Systems Flex Pod Sonar Install
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2015, 07:18 PM »
Nice looks like a clean setup. That fish finder looks badass!
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Re: Wilderness Systems Flex Pod Sonar Install
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2015, 09:17 PM »
Thanks man.  I am pretty stoked about it.  Going to give it a run through this weekend and will post a review.  It is a dragonfly 5 pro, with chartplotter/gps, chirp, downvision imaging.  Got the navionics + chip with it too.



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Re: Wilderness Systems Flex Pod Sonar Install
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2015, 10:58 PM »
Great write up Andy, well done! I checked out Chad's Raymarine last weekend and all I can say is WOW! You are going to love it and I can't wait to get one myself.
 

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Re: Wilderness Systems Flex Pod Sonar Install
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2015, 04:28 PM »
Thanks man.  I am pretty stoked about it.  Going to give it a run through this weekend and will post a review.  It is a dragonfly 5 pro, with chartplotter/gps, chirp, downvision imaging.  Got the navionics + chip with it too.

I checked them out today, they look really nice. I see you killing some fish with that thing in the near future. Definitely give a review I'm looking to upgrade hopefully soon.
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Re: Wilderness Systems Flex Pod Sonar Install
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2015, 07:48 PM »
OK Dogpound, I gotta see this install. sounds awesome. I love that WS setup ---it ROCKS………..
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Re: Wilderness Systems Flex Pod Sonar Install
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2015, 12:14 AM »
OK Dogpound, I gotta see this install. sounds awesome. I love that WS setup ---it ROCKS………..

I plan on being at MDO Friday, so hopefully see you there!



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