Bennett trim tab indicator / GBT10 install.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mnm99, Dec 23, 2016.

  1. mnm99

    mnm99 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 2, 2015
    Long Island
    2004 340 SeaRay Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 Merc
    I figured I'd post the install while I'm at it. I'm looking to have my Garmin 7610 display my trim tab position. Whats needed for this is Bennett's Upper hinge CC3003S and CC3003P along with Garmins GBT10 adapter for the NMEA 2000. So far all I did is remove the existing pistons from the boat and disassemble. That was the first thing I did wrong. The new upper hinge comes with a white spacer you need to install before you remove the upper hinge. Apparently the piston has a huge spring inside and is very hard to expand. Just make sure you put the white spacer in there. Well I'm glade I decided to take this on for the fact that both inside spacers were crushed. The new kit comes with them so that's a plus. I will post as I complete it.
    Thanks trim.jpg trim1.jpg
     
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  2. mnm99

    mnm99 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 2, 2015
    Long Island
    2004 340 SeaRay Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 Merc
    Spacer installed, New caps installed 20161223_135010.jpg 20161223_135239.jpg 20161223_140835.jpg 20161223_143736.jpg 20161223_143523.jpg
     
  3. bigblockcutlass

    bigblockcutlass Member

    806
    May 9, 2010
    Michigan
    1998 Carver 370 Voyager
    1990 270 sea ray sundancer twin 4.3L
    1987 Power Play 230 Conquest
    1987 Fo
    454
    getting ready to do this again for the third time.
     
  4. mnm99

    mnm99 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 2, 2015
    Long Island
    2004 340 SeaRay Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 Merc
    Why. What happened?
     
  5. bigblockcutlass

    bigblockcutlass Member

    806
    May 9, 2010
    Michigan
    1998 Carver 370 Voyager
    1990 270 sea ray sundancer twin 4.3L
    1987 Power Play 230 Conquest
    1987 Fo
    454
    Nothing, Third boat. thought I could live with out the indicator but I was wrong. Getting ready to order another one. Not sure if it's going to be the older just indicator (tpi 2000) or one with the switch incorporated into the indicator (eic 5000).
     
  6. hottoddie

    hottoddie Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2012
    Boston/Cape Cod
    1986 Sea Ray 390 Express
    Garmin 4212 Chartplotter
    Garmin 24 HD Radar
    Garmin GSD 22 Sounder
    Garm
    454 Crusaders
    I agree. I've had the tpi2000 for 6 years and wouldn't be with it. On a big boat that needs the tabs it's nice to know the tab position prior to pushing up on plane. I usually have mine about 2/3 deployed and retract to to just under half once on plane. If heavily loaded I will almost fully deploy and retract to half once on plane. on a small I would use them mostly for port/starboard balance and maybe some assist to get on plane.
     
  7. GoFastr

    GoFastr Cool Runnings GOLD Sponsor

    134
    Jan 20, 2016
    Cayman Islands
    2003 Sea Ray 270 SunDeck MX 6.2L MPI w/Bravo III
    Tow: 2012 Ford F150 Raptor SVT
    Mercruiser MX 6.2L MPI w/Bravo III
    I would like to display my trim tab positions on my Garmin 840xs too. If I already have a Merc NMEA200 Gateway module to convert my Smartcraft engine data on my Garmin do I still need to get the Garmin BT10 adapter too? I already have the Bennett upper hinges for port and starboard in my cart already. Thx.
     
  8. mnm99

    mnm99 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 2, 2015
    Long Island
    2004 340 SeaRay Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 Merc
    Yes. It converts the tabs to work with NMEA2000. Looks like this on GPS. trim tab 2.jpg trim tab.jpg
     
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  9. GoFastr

    GoFastr Cool Runnings GOLD Sponsor

    134
    Jan 20, 2016
    Cayman Islands
    2003 Sea Ray 270 SunDeck MX 6.2L MPI w/Bravo III
    Tow: 2012 Ford F150 Raptor SVT
    Mercruiser MX 6.2L MPI w/Bravo III

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