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  • '06 rudder vs '03 X-30

    '06 rudder won. Apparently the rudder sleeve has a step down in size about 1 inch up from the bottom. '06 rudder must be a tad larger in diameter than the '03. Gonna have to put the old one on and order a new sleeve assembly. Unless anyone has any bright ideas!!!!
    I wuv U, U wuv me - we're a MasterCraft famawee!

  • #2
    bigmac is the guy to ask on this. Here is a link to the thread for his install of the rudder (if you haven't seen it already). I am considering updating the rudder on my '03 X30 aswell. Let us know how it turns out.

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    • #3
      Huh...I'm surprised. In this post njskier mentioned that he has an '03 230VRS and his report was that the '06 rudder was a drop-in.

      I think Vegashomexpert also has an '03 X-30 and has the new rudder too.
      '04 MariStar 230VRS/MCX

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      • #4
        I had read all those posts - that's why I decided to do it myself. I felt the inside of the sleeve with my finger and there are a couple of grooves (probably for an o ring) and then I can feel the sleeve stepping down. When I push the rudder up, after about an inch, it stops dead in its tracks. Not a 'getting tight' stop, but a definite stop. That's my luck - boat getting out tomorrow for the 1st time, and now all this. Plus I've spent all week cleaning her up, and now the sky is falling down.
        I wuv U, U wuv me - we're a MasterCraft famawee!

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        • #5
          It was a direct drop in on my 03 X-2. Could be a different port on your X-30.....

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          • #6
            I'm surprised that MasterCraft has apparently used three different rudder ports in four model years since 2003, and even a couple of different ports in one model year (2003). Why BB's rudder/port would be so different than the other '03's reported here is a mystery to me. Then there's WakeSeeky/Driv3r's '05 with the rubber donuts (that apparently wear out early).

            I can see different rudder shapes for different hulls/models, but you would think that they would standardize something as simple and apparently trouble-free as a rudder port.
            Last edited by bigmac; 07-02-2006, 09:36 AM.
            '04 MariStar 230VRS/MCX

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            • #7
              Do whatever it takes to get the new rudder on. We have all given rave reviews....
              Carpe Diem

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              • #8
                Originally posted by vegashomeexpert
                Do whatever it takes to get the new rudder on. We have all given rave reviews....

                I noted some squirrelliness last night showing up on glass water as my boat was approaching 49 mph - a gentle low frequency, low amplitude, side-to-side wobbling. I didn't feel it in the wheel.

                It stops after backing down to 46 mph, and it doesn't really do it if there's any chop. The rudder is tight in the port and there's no play in the cable. Obviously it's not a big deal - 49mph on glass water is an unusual condition for a MasterCraft, but I wonder if anyone else has noticed this...?
                '04 MariStar 230VRS/MCX

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                • #9
                  That is odd. I assumed that ours might be different because we were close to the '06 model rollout, but maybe the rudder port just changes randomly... Sorry BigBarney, I got nothin' in the way of help, but I do agree that you'll find the change is worth it. If MYMC doesn't pick up on this thread, you might try contacting him. He's the one that started all of this.
                  Lake Havasu Fly-in
                  May 2 - 4, 2008

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                  • #10
                    Bigmac- I have the same wobble in my boat since I changed to the 06 rudder at around 43-44mph. Mine is caused by play in the steering cable.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by matgyver
                      Bigmac- I have the same wobble in my boat since I changed to the 06 rudder at around 43-44mph. Mine is caused by play in the steering cable.
                      Hmmm...I'll have to give that a look.
                      '04 MariStar 230VRS/MCX

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                      • #12
                        How are you guys getting 50mph out of a 230 with mcx? I am only get about 41 with my 2005 X10 with mcx.
                        2005 Canadian Blue Flake X10

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by wtrjock
                          How are you guys getting 50mph out of a 230 with mcx? I am only get about 41 with my 2005 X10 with mcx.
                          Well, first of all, I'm just barely touching 49, and that's ideal conditions - one person in the boat, light ripple on the water. Gas tank was full though (60 gallons). That's with Perfect Pass, calibrated by GPS. When the boat was new, it would hit 47 with the stock prop (cast OJ 14x17. I switched that prop to an Acme 847 13.5 x 17.5, which got me more hole shot and about an additional 2 mph on the top end. Otherwise the boat is stock. My buddy's 2004 X-10 with that same stock OJ prop will hit a solid 46.
                          '04 MariStar 230VRS/MCX

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                          • #14
                            I've hit 48 indicated on the perfect pass with my X30 LTR, but I've always suspected that is overstated. I am going to test with GPS.
                            2001 X30 LTR

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                            • #15
                              barney,

                              Mine was a drop-in, but a very tight fit at first. Did you use vasaline or grease? My port also has 2 o-rings in it. Feel with your finger, or lay under the boat and look up at the port with a light. You should see 2 o-rings inside.

                              If the port was stepped, wouldn't the old rudder shaft also be stepped?

                              If you're still puzzled, get in touch with MYMC. He can help.
                              I was njskier on here.

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