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09-02-2012, 10:04 PM
2003 x 30
09-02-2012, 10:51 PM
If it's been hard all season, you simply need to replace the steering cable - it's a common maintenance item, and lot's of threads on here of how to do it. Basically, take one end loose (under the dash or at the rudder), tie a rope to it, pull the cable out the other end, attach rope to new cable, pull it back through.
What prop do you have on there (remove the prop nut, and the specs will be stamped on the hub under where the nut used to be). If it's the stock prop, it was probably something like a 14x18 or somesuch. Do you want the boat to go faster, or have better acceleration out of the hole?
09-02-2012, 11:04 PM
after taking the nut off?
09-02-2012, 11:25 PM
Well, there's lots of approaches to that...
1. Use a prop puller. There are a couple of different styles, around $70-100
2. Whack on the backside of the prop, using a hammer striking a 2x4 which is up against the hub on the back of the prop. This approach gives me the willies.
3. Repurpose some other type of gear puller.
Leave the prop nut on a few turns to keep the prop from sliding off the shaft and hitting the ground...
09-03-2012, 12:28 AM
If you need the cable we have in stock.
09-03-2012, 02:15 AM
Note to the wise: He's looking for a prop, also.
09-03-2012, 02:38 AM
I would recommend not to just replace the steering cable, but first remove your rudder, clean thoroughly with fuel or similar and remove all the crusted up grease. Replace any crappy seals reinstall with a bit of fresh grease, and grease through the zerk. Was a cheap fix for me. If it is still tight then look at the cable by all means.
09-03-2012, 08:01 AM
I run an OJ 14.75 X 15.5 prop for great overall performance. Much better holeshot than your prop, plus you can still run 40-41 top speed. I have an '05 X-star with the MCX engine.
Do you have the updated larger rudder yet? It will make the boat handle and turn much better. Post a pic of your rudder and I can tell you if it's the newer style or not.
As stated, try removing your rudder and grease the shaft before you replace your cable.