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197 TT
10-14-2013, 12:17 AM
Hi -

I noticed recently that the rudder is leaking on my 2008 x2. It is not just a drip, but a steady stream of water. I also noticed there is some slop/play in the rudder if I grab it and move it from underneath the boat.

I did some searching but didn't find much. Is this something as easy as replacing seals/o-rings? Would I have to purchase those through a dealer or are there other options (skidim?)

Thanks

bturner2
10-14-2013, 08:59 AM
The first thing to try (and least expensive) is to grease the heck out of the rudder port. The port should be full of grease and should seep some grease when you grease it either from the top or bottom. I've been greasing mine for the past 5 years and only this year have seen grease actually coming out of the port. This would lead me to believe that the port left the factory pretty much dry.

The second thing you can do is replace the seal on the top of the rudder box. I got mine skidim but haven't gotten around to replacing it as the leak has seemed to slow as I've filled the rudder box with grease. If I remember correctly the seal wasn't cheap but someone in TT replaced theirs and it solved their leaking problem.

snork
10-14-2013, 10:09 AM
I need to replace my O-rings and seal on my 07 XStar as well, any info on this would be great

mikeg205
10-14-2013, 11:45 AM
rudder box over haul kit.. http://www.skidim.com/prodinfo.asp?number=RBST1.00-SEALKIT

just put something under rudder when you release it from the top.. it will come down fast...

ttu
10-14-2013, 11:48 AM
for 07 and newer it is a whole seal.

agree with mike, put something underneath the rudder to support it. i used a car jack when i replaced mine.

snork
10-14-2013, 01:15 PM
whats a whole seal?

ttu
10-14-2013, 01:34 PM
whats a whole seal?

i got mine from skidim.

here is a good thread on the replacement.

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=45199&highlight=rudder