One thing I can tell you about the kits is there are a lot harder to keep in the water because you don't have the cavatation plate I know this from personal experience and thought the same way you are ahh I will go cheap no big deal well I'm here to tell you when you have to keep constant upwards pressure on the cheaper version it starts to wear on you especially if you are going for awhile then I went and got a mayhem and the difference is night and day you can't even compare the two you can literally drive them with your fingertips so my advice even though it's only 700 don't waste it on a kit put it toward a mayhem especially if he has some used ones Travis will take care of you and stand by his product. Also when you get into inches of water the shaft on the mud skipper is so long you can't get it to push your boat so you end up pushing. Get on YouTube and look up mayhem mud motors they have a couple videos on there of boats running in 2 to 4 inches of water.I would go with mayhem, Im just not lookin to spend that much yet,even though he said he had some used ones for cheap. The mud skipper im lookin at is a 16hp with kit for like 700.I know that you get what you pay for but im curious if there even worth that.
That's too funny! I am in the exact same situation. I am going to try and figure it out this weekend.So I ended up buying the mud skipper kit with the max tools 16hp,Ive got it all together besides the throttle assembly. Ive tried contacting mud skipper the last few days with no returned calls.The instructions are so vague on the throttle assembly and it comes with two throttles, anyone with any help/experience with this would be very much appreciated.