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05-16-2014, 01:42 AM
2008 x2 water is coming in through the top of the rudder. Is that a fix with grease in the zirk fitting, or something more than that?

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05-16-2014, 01:50 AM
try some grease... if it still leaks - prolly needs new o-rings

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05-16-2014, 07:23 AM
I had the same thing on my '08 X2 and replaced the seal, check out this thread


05-18-2014, 08:19 AM
I filled it with grease, and the excess grease came out the bottom seal. It still moves a bit. I haven't had time to lake test it. How tight should it be, and will the grease stop the water from leaking into the boat?

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05-18-2014, 08:23 AM
I had the same thing on my '08 X2 and replaced the seal, check out this thread


^^ ditto^^ I replaced the seal and all is good.

05-20-2014, 07:13 AM
Ordered a replacement rudder port from Eric at OJ yesterday for $75 for my 08 X2. Comes with new seal and sleeve in the port. Will need to send my current port back as a core.

I can currently wiggle my rudder I would say 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch. I was also surprised by how much water I was getting into the boat. It is a new to me boat (and first inboard) and I've only had it out twice so I don't have much to compare it to.

Ordered a new prop from them a few weeks ago and received it in 2 days so I'm hoping to have this before the weekend. I went from the 14.25 x 14.5 to a 14.25 x 14 and can't wait to see the difference. Top speed prior to the swap was 42 mph with two adults, three kids 9-11 and a full tank of fuel. This spring has sucked for owning a new boat!!

I'll post pics when it comes in and if I remember install pics.

05-20-2014, 09:05 PM
^ Holeshot should improve but you will likely lose some top speed with that new prop.

If you want more top speed, go with a 14.75 X 15.5 OJ.

05-21-2014, 08:33 AM
After talking with Eric I decided to go more holeshot. Eric said to give it a try and if we don't like it can send it back. I'm hoping to only loose 2-4 mph top end. Will be giving it a try this weekend.

05-21-2014, 04:44 PM
Received my replacement rudder port today. Thanks to Eric and Sue at OJ. Hoping to get to it tonight or tomorrow night.

05-22-2014, 01:59 PM
When replacing the port do I need to put any kind of sealant under the plates or around the bolts/nuts?

05-22-2014, 03:34 PM
I would. I replaced mine and used 3M 5200 marine sealant. Cant use the boat for 4-5 days though as that stuff takes a long time to dry. I do hear there is a quick cure version now...

05-22-2014, 03:51 PM
Thanks 06MCX15.

With dry time of 4-5 days it wont get done til the end of the weekend!!

05-22-2014, 04:45 PM
No problem. Do it after the weekend and let er sit. The last thing you want to do is replace the rudder port only to find out that it still leaks when you bring it back to the lake. I think if that would have happend to me, I would have lit a fire!

05-23-2014, 12:08 AM
5200 is pretty permanent. I'd ask Eric if that's the right answer, or simple Silicone. At the least, I'd choose 3M 4200 instead.

05-23-2014, 09:38 AM
Just heard back from Eric at OJ. He states 4200 would be better because of 5200 being so permanent. Also to make sure to seal the bolt holes well because they can be a problem error.

One more atta-boy to Eric. They have been great to work with and quick to respond to questions.

05-23-2014, 10:16 AM
I notice my rudder shaking when I take off and when I am loading the boat on the trailer. It vibrates bad enough that it shakes the steering wheel pretty good. Is this a problem that can be fixed with grease, or is this a more serious problem?

05-23-2014, 02:48 PM
Good call sseager. Would be a better choice.

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06-01-2014, 01:39 PM
Trying to get the old rudder port out of the boat. Is there some secret to breaking free the port from the old sealant?

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