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mcskier
08-19-2009, 01:09 PM
I was giving my boat the once over the other day and I noticed that there was some slight fore & aft play in my rudder. Is this about normal or there something I can do to snug it up a bit? Maybe re-grease with the grease ports?

Justjoe
08-19-2009, 01:36 PM
I have a little wiggle in my 07, and I had a little in my 06. I think it's normalish.

east tx skier
08-19-2009, 01:39 PM
If you just have a little wiggle, a little rudder loading could be the answer. Grinding the trailing edge will result in a pull to that side (generally the right on LHR boats like MC). That pull will allow you to lock in your track without constantly having to correct for any steering slop.

mcskier
08-19-2009, 02:08 PM
If you just have a little wiggle, a little rudder loading could be the answer. Grinding the trailing edge will result in a pull to that side (generally the right on LHR boats like MC). That pull will allow you to lock in your track without constantly having to correct for any steering slop.

Thanks, TX.
I'm actually talking about a fore/aft wiggle in the rudder itself as opposed to the steering wheel. Is that what you were referring to? My rudder is already pretty heavily loaded to the right as I think is normal on TT boats.

east tx skier
08-19-2009, 02:35 PM
Sorry. Didn't notice your signature. Never noticed any fore and aft wiggle in any of my boats.

mcmx2
08-20-2009, 10:38 AM
I have noticed the same thing on my boat, 05 197TT. This boat ws new to me last fall and my old boat, 89 ps 190, did not have this play in the rudder. Also I can not find a place to grease the rudder shaft. I have taken the floor out of the ski locker and see the top of the rudder port through the square cutout in the fuel tank but do not see a zirk for grease.

mcskier
08-20-2009, 12:48 PM
I have noticed the same thing on my boat, 05 197TT. This boat was new to me last fall and my old boat, 89 ps 190, did not have this play in the rudder. Also I can not find a place to grease the rudder shaft. I have taken the floor out of the ski locker and see the top of the rudder port through the square cutout in the fuel tank but do not see a zirk for grease.

I haven't taken the floor out of my locker yet, but I assumed that there would be a grease fitting as described in the owner's manual. Based on the manual and what I know, it's supposed to be re-greased every 50-100 hours. I'll take my floor out and see what I can see. But based on some of the above feedback, it sounds like the minimal amount of play I'm seeing is considered normal. Perhaps someone from one of the shops will see this and opine.

SteveO
08-20-2009, 01:00 PM
Have you hit anything?

mcskier
08-20-2009, 02:18 PM
nada. there have been no impacts to the rudder.

mcskier
08-21-2009, 12:07 AM
Pulled the floor of the ski locker and easily found the grease port. Added a couple squeezes of the gun and it seemed to help.

mcmx2
08-21-2009, 08:00 AM
I looked again and as it shows in the manual and you all are stating the grease port should be right there but I do not see it. I think that they may not have put one on my boat but I do not even feel a threaded hole to put a zirk into. Where is your grease port? is it up high on the rudder shaft, toward the front or back? I feel stupid here and am pretty mechanically inclined but don't see it.

Jerseydave
08-21-2009, 08:28 AM
My '05 X-star does not have a zerk fitting, but every time I change props I have to remove the rudder and it gets some grease then too.

It's not that hard to remove the rudder every 50-100 hours if you don't have a grease fitting on it. Gotta keep it greased.

BTW, my rudder always had some play in it fore and aft. A new rudder port is the only way to make it tighter I believe.

mcmx2
08-21-2009, 09:27 AM
Thanks njskier,

I thought I was going crazy. I will remove the rudder and grease it. :)