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Got the depth sounder kit today. I'm going to attempt to install it myself tonight. It looks simple enough. I'll let everyone know how it goes.
 

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Well I'm annoyed now. It turns out you need an additional kit to install the depth sounder. It's not as plug and play as it initially leads you to believe. It needs the electrical accessory kit p/n 295100599. I called ahead since my dealer is 2 hours away and asked if they had the sounder kit. When they told me they had the kit they said it's all you need "plug and play". Well not only does it say right on the front page of the instructions this other kit is required the wires have no where to plug into without it. I installed the sounder bracket, installed the sounder, and ran the wires to the front. The confusing part is the instructions go on to show you how to install the sounder as if that accessory kit is already installed. The confusing part is that the fuse panel that gets added with the kit is identical to the stock engine management fuse panel. So it took some head scratching before I realized the fuse panel I was trying to install the wires into was not the same one. So now another 4 hour round trip back to the dealer to get the second kit that is required for installation.




Other than that the sounder installed easy. The holes are pre-drilled in the hull for the sounder bracket and once that bracket is installed the sounder just clips in to the tin bracket. They say just to run the wires under the engine mounts to the front. Here are some pictures of the bracket bolted to the hull. It bolts to the hull in the back left corner, right beside the IBR actuator.

 

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Great to see the pics Cory -- bad luck about the other kit you needed.

Now that you mention it, I remember reading somewhere that you need both. It's a bit misleading for the sounder kit to say 'Plug 'n' Play' IMO.
 

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I read on different sites that a separate kit was required. But sea-doo.com itself says plug and play and it says no where that another kit is required. However if you look up the other kit on the site which I don't know why you would if you didn't already have the kit. It says in the description required for installation of spark depth sounder.
 

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Yeah the extra electric accessory got me too. Put me back delivery of my two Sparks by a week. Funny thing is dealer called to tell me that though they had the sounders in stock, they did not a single electric accessory kit...they apologized and said they did not realize both were needed and had assumed the Sparks were going to be plug and play as well. Other than the initial hickup I had with them failing/coming loose, they've been working great in and around the mostly shallow Chesa Bay.
 

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I got my sounder finished. I would have posted this earlier but my internet has been down. Turns out that second electrical kit is not required. If you wanted to save some money you could easily splice in the sounder wires to the data link connector. All this kit does it make it easier and cleaner connection. Here are some more pictures from the install.


Here is a pic with the top off...



Here is a pic of the electrical accessory kit, it adds this fuse box and you connect the wires into the back of it...



Here is a pic of whats actually in the fuse box, as you can see it is just four bus bars that connect the sounder to the data link connectors wires, and it adds a fuse for protection...



Here is a picture of the sounder clipped into the bracket that screws into the hull...



So all in all it is a very simple kit to install. You wouldn't need much mechanical aptitude to install it. Plus it is all plug and play, no programing. Once I made the connections the option automatically comes up in the menu next to RPM, HOUR, and SPEED.
 

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So all in all it is a very simple kit to install. You wouldn't need much mechanical aptitude to install it.
Great info and great pics, Cory, thanks very much for posting it.

As a guy with very little mechanical aptitude, this is going to come in handy! :laugh:
 

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I do like have the depth reading in both my sparks. Should come that way from the factory but then the whole thing would be more expensive. Helps with situational awareness. Clues you in that what you think is adequate depth really is not.
 

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Lack of alarm is what is keeping me from getting one right now. Might do it anyway, but for $300 for the kit, plus another $100+ for the wiring harness, plus another $135 estimated installation (or I could do it myself), it seems pretty pricey for a depth finder with no alarm.
 

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I got it because I like gadgets. So I enjoy watching it when I'm cruising, it would scare you to know how shallow some places are that you thought were deep enough. So I'm happy with it, I was just disappointed with no alarm. There's one channel I ride down that I always knew was shallow but thought it was still plenty deep enough, I rode down it the other day and it was reading 2 feet. :S
 

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I'm glad it doesn't have an alarm. If it did, I'm pretty sure it would be as loud and as obnoxious as the low fuel alarm our Sparks have and I would be mashing that red button constantly if you even could turn off the alarm. My guess is not because you cannot silence the low fuel alarm.

I keep mine on depth all the time and glance down at it as part of my scan and because I kinda know how fast I am going and don't need to see my RPMs. I'm with Cory in that A LOT of places are much shallower than you think. Depth sounder was the first option I picked. And since I got them both equipped at time of sale I got the 1 year warranty on both...which paid off big time because one sounder came loose and broke and the other's electronics just gave up the ghost.

The cost of labor to have them installed was worth having the Sparks on the water instead of in my garage tinkering to install the sounders.
 

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I have never heard the low fuel alarm, and have gotten down to 1/8 of a tank.

Anyway, I think it would be possible to make the alarm less obnoxious, and still there. At over $500 installed, it will cost me over $1000 to do both. I may do it during the winter while they're in storage. We'll see.
 

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It is covered by the warranty as long as it is failed and installed during it's warranty period. My dealer said all spark accessories are warrantied. They said the dealer has no clue if it was pre-sale or post sale so they warranty it as long as its a warrantable repair.
 

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It is covered by the warranty as long as it is failed and installed during it's warranty period. My dealer said all spark accessories are warrantied. They said the dealer has no clue if it was pre-sale or post sale so they warranty it as long as its a warrantable repair.
Accessories are suppose to be registered with the unit at time of purchase and the accessories are suppose to be on the bill of sale with the unit or prove purchase at same time and have them installed by dealer to get same warranty as the seadoo otherwise its a 90 day parts warranty. The dealer has to submit paperwork with claim to prove purchase.
 
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