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    I was giving my boat the once over the other day and I noticed that there was some slight fore & aft play in my rudder. Is this about normal or there something I can do to snug it up a bit? Maybe re-grease with the grease ports?
    2008 Prostar 197 TT #32/100

  • #2
    I have a little wiggle in my 07, and I had a little in my 06. I think it's normalish.

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    • #3
      If you just have a little wiggle, a little rudder loading could be the answer. Grinding the trailing edge will result in a pull to that side (generally the right on LHR boats like MC). That pull will allow you to lock in your track without constantly having to correct for any steering slop.
      Previous: 1993 Prostar 205

      Red 1998 Closed Bow Ski Boat, Ford 351, 310 hp, Acme 4 blade, Perfect Pass SG.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by east tx skier View Post
        If you just have a little wiggle, a little rudder loading could be the answer. Grinding the trailing edge will result in a pull to that side (generally the right on LHR boats like MC). That pull will allow you to lock in your track without constantly having to correct for any steering slop.
        Thanks, TX.
        I'm actually talking about a fore/aft wiggle in the rudder itself as opposed to the steering wheel. Is that what you were referring to? My rudder is already pretty heavily loaded to the right as I think is normal on TT boats.
        2008 Prostar 197 TT #32/100

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        • #5
          Sorry. Didn't notice your signature. Never noticed any fore and aft wiggle in any of my boats.
          Previous: 1993 Prostar 205

          Red 1998 Closed Bow Ski Boat, Ford 351, 310 hp, Acme 4 blade, Perfect Pass SG.

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          To me, this forum is about love of inboard boats. It is about the sharing of information and, on a good day, some humor. It is not about post count, brand of boat, or any other superfluous labels that lend themselves to a false sense of superiority. Please, respect one another, try to pass on accurate information, and keep your eye on the ball.

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          • #6
            I have noticed the same thing on my boat, 05 197TT. This boat ws new to me last fall and my old boat, 89 ps 190, did not have this play in the rudder. Also I can not find a place to grease the rudder shaft. I have taken the floor out of the ski locker and see the top of the rudder port through the square cutout in the fuel tank but do not see a zirk for grease.
            2005 197 TT #77 LQ9

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            • #7
              Originally posted by mcmx2 View Post
              I have noticed the same thing on my boat, 05 197TT. This boat was new to me last fall and my old boat, 89 ps 190, did not have this play in the rudder. Also I can not find a place to grease the rudder shaft. I have taken the floor out of the ski locker and see the top of the rudder port through the square cutout in the fuel tank but do not see a zirk for grease.
              I haven't taken the floor out of my locker yet, but I assumed that there would be a grease fitting as described in the owner's manual. Based on the manual and what I know, it's supposed to be re-greased every 50-100 hours. I'll take my floor out and see what I can see. But based on some of the above feedback, it sounds like the minimal amount of play I'm seeing is considered normal. Perhaps someone from one of the shops will see this and opine.
              2008 Prostar 197 TT #32/100

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              • #8
                Have you hit anything?
                Current Boat: 2007 Blue and White X2 Switch
                Previous Boat: 2002 White and Yellow 209

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                • #9
                  nada. there have been no impacts to the rudder.
                  2008 Prostar 197 TT #32/100

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                  • #10
                    Pulled the floor of the ski locker and easily found the grease port. Added a couple squeezes of the gun and it seemed to help.
                    2008 Prostar 197 TT #32/100

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                    • #11
                      I looked again and as it shows in the manual and you all are stating the grease port should be right there but I do not see it. I think that they may not have put one on my boat but I do not even feel a threaded hole to put a zirk into. Where is your grease port? is it up high on the rudder shaft, toward the front or back? I feel stupid here and am pretty mechanically inclined but don't see it.
                      2005 197 TT #77 LQ9

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                      • #12
                        My '05 X-star does not have a zerk fitting, but every time I change props I have to remove the rudder and it gets some grease then too.

                        It's not that hard to remove the rudder every 50-100 hours if you don't have a grease fitting on it. Gotta keep it greased.

                        BTW, my rudder always had some play in it fore and aft. A new rudder port is the only way to make it tighter I believe.
                        I was njskier on here.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks njskier,

                          I thought I was going crazy. I will remove the rudder and grease it.
                          2005 197 TT #77 LQ9

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