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Bob B
04-07-2012, 12:14 PM
I have a 2002, 197 Prostar.
When I am not moving the steering is very easy to turn, but as I accelerate to wake board speed the steering gets very tight.
Any Ideas on what is causing this?
Thanks for any help, Bob B

04-07-2012, 12:17 PM
I had this problem a few years back. Greasing up the rudder took care of it.

04-08-2012, 03:52 AM
I have had the same problem on my 2006 X2 since I bought it. New rudder port and steering cable and grease everywhere has made no difference at all. Fine at slow speeds - stiff as hell at speed. I've just accepted it now.

04-08-2012, 10:01 AM
I had an 02 X Star. When I took it for trade, one of the first things my dealer did was check the steering. He said they had steering cable issues on that year that caused tight steering.

04-08-2012, 10:26 AM
Replacing a steering cable is easy and inexpensive.

04-08-2012, 10:43 AM

04-08-2012, 02:53 PM
Hey Cloaked - I tried to PM you, and it said your mailbox was full.

04-08-2012, 04:54 PM

04-08-2012, 07:48 PM
My 2000 Prostar was shocking at speed (winged rudder) and I found the nylon thrust washer between the rudder and the port was non existent. I machined one up, threw in some grease and also greased the 'rack' behind the steering wheel. Different boat! I gather that washer was especially important as my rudder is giving 'up lift' at speed to the boat, worth a look though.

05-10-2012, 07:49 PM
Hi Bob, I would really recommend pulling your rudder regardless, you will be surprised by the amount of dry grease up there. Here are some photos of the bush I was speaking about. I spun up a couple in my lathe out of some self lubricating nylon or similar. Cheers

05-19-2012, 06:50 PM
I had this problem a few years back. Greasing up the rudder took care of it.

What kind of grease did you use?

05-26-2012, 12:33 PM
I have a 2005 X2. Steering was great at low speeds and stiff at anything above. Had mechanic replace the cable with new Teleflex TFXtreme. Wow. What a difference. One finger steering at any speed. Well worth it in my opinion.