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Old 06-28-2010, 09:48 PM
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Some rudder DIY

Replaced my steering cable and I’m still not 100% satisfied with the stiffness in my steering. I’ve seen a few posts about cleaning out the rudder box so I brought the boat home to take care of a few small things. Thought a few pictures may help someone else in the future. Took these pictures when I was putting it back together, noticed there was a hole in the rudder shaft but no pin. Should there be any kind of washer on top of the rudder? I had a nylon washer between the arm and box and I went ahead and installed a cotter pin in the shaft. I disconnected the cable from the arm to make it easier to handle. I was working by myself so I put a floor jack under the rudder since I didn’t now how easy it would come out.
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Old 06-28-2010, 09:55 PM
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Once you take the nut off of the thru bolt, you have to remove the bolt because it is threaded into the arm. It's not like a battery terminal clamp that comes off when you loosen the nut. If you remove the bolt completely, it makes it easier to put a screwdriver in the slot and lightly tap it. My arm slid right off and then I lowered the rudder with jack.
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:07 PM
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There was nothing in the rudder box other than a few drops of water . I cleaned it out from top to bottom, removed and cleaned the grease fitting, then pre-greased everything a little bit before putting it back together. Once it was back together I hit it with the grease gun until it came out from the bottom O-ring. I'll give it a test this weekend.
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Old 12-09-2013, 06:57 AM
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Old 12-09-2013, 02:08 PM
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that post was from 2010, guess the update would be
needs doing again ???
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Old 12-09-2013, 02:47 PM
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that post was from 2010, guess the update would be
needs doing again ???
I was wondering if the "stiffness" in steering went away.
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Old 12-09-2013, 04:54 PM
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I didn't think that it had been that long since I posted that!

My wife is happy with it (primary boat driver) but I think it should still be a little easier to turn. Both of my former direct drive MCs I could turn with one finger after replacing the steering cable, and it's the exact same setup as my Maristar 200. I was waiting until I had some extra cash laying around before I swapped out the rudder.
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Old 12-09-2013, 07:17 PM
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did you use a special grease or just use bearing grease

asking because I need to grease rudder and not sure what to use
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White lithium grease is called out in the manual for my 2006. The white lithium resists water.
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