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    I have approximately 1/8 inch play left to right , forward and back when I wiggle the rudder .I am told by the M/C dealer an upgraded port and rudder and tiller arm is all that is available. $1400.00 cdn plus tax and shipping. Can these ports not be rebuilt ? Are the rebuild parts not available ? The M/C parts depot has upgraded ports and rudders but no rebuilt kits. It certainly does not look hard to do. My young lad and I just built a billet transmission in our shop for our 2500 dodge truck for pulls . We have the technology , but no parts. Can anyone give me direction with this?
    If she don't shine , she ain't mine

  • #2
    I am pretty sure Eric with OJ Props can rebuild them. I bought a new seal and it took care of the play in my 07

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    • #3
      The port does not leak. Just a little sloppy.
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      • #4
        1400 yikes... if you can wrench... not a hard job..

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        • #5
          The rebuild is basically pressing out the sleeve and pressing in a new one. If you're building transmissions and have a shop to work in this is not an issue for someone of your ability. The reason people rebuild their rudder box is due to it leaking. If it's not leaking and not damaged I've leave it alone unless you looking for a hobby project.

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          • #6
            The steering has some play in it . Probably the cable and the steering box , but the rudder has play also so I thought I would start there . At the wheel the play is from 11 oclock to 1 oclock position.Not excessive but noticeable. Maybe the problem is to much MCOCD ?
            If she don't shine , she ain't mine

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            • #7
              the play in the rudder is from the Sleeve. like I said call Eric at OJ and let him know your issues.

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              • #8
                It’s just a new sleeve. I had him send me one and I pressed it in myself with a bearing press. Throw it in the freezer for @ couple of hours. Here is a video I made on how to easily remove the housing with a homemade slide hammer.

                https://m.youtube.com/results?search...+a+mastercraft
                Copy and paste this below in YouTube. For some reason my video link will not post on team talk

                How to remove a rudder port box on a mastercraft

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                • #9
                  I viewed that you tube video couple months ago when looking for rudder port info.Nice and simple.
                  If she don't shine , she ain't mine

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                  • #10
                    I’m thinking that I have a rudder housing leak, after looking at these threads. For those that have gone through this, care to let me know if this video is showing some sign of needing to rebuild the rudder port?

                    https://youtu.be/X3maVUgg0JM

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                    • #11
                      take a look at my posts in this thread:

                      https://teamtalk.mastercraft.com/sho...=100588&page=3

                      I replaced the sleeve in my rudder box without removing it from the boat. It's fairly simple to do and saves you a lot of headaches removing the rudder box creates. Part number for the sleeve is also posted

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Proedge View Post
                        take a look at my posts in this thread:

                        https://teamtalk.mastercraft.com/sho...=100588&page=3

                        I replaced the sleeve in my rudder box without removing it from the boat. It's fairly simple to do and saves you a lot of headaches removing the rudder box creates. Part number for the sleeve is also posted
                        Thanks, where did you order the sleeve from?

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                        • #13
                          I got it from my local dealer. You can probably get it here or from OJ Props directly

                          https://mcpartsdepot.com/products/ru...er-port-200153

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                          • #14
                            So I decided to take on this job in between vacations to try and eliminate my rudder hum. I tried all of the ideas from this and other threads, and the only thing that worked was HEAT and patience - using a hairdryer to heat up the mount under the boat and eventually working a putty knife in between the hull and flange. Eventually it did come out.

                            I used the slide hammer idea, and even a sledge hammer but it didn't budge at all until I heated it up. There was a small bit of gel coat that didn't release and came off with the flange, but it will be hidden when I put it back together and protected with the silicone.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by BAdair View Post
                              So I decided to take on this job in between vacations to try and eliminate my rudder hum. I tried all of the ideas from this and other threads, and the only thing that worked was HEAT and patience - using a hairdryer to heat up the mount under the boat and eventually working a putty knife in between the hull and flange. Eventually it did come out.

                              I used the slide hammer idea, and even a sledge hammer but it didn't budge at all until I heated it up. There was a small bit of gel coat that didn't release and came off with the flange, but it will be hidden when I put it back together and protected with the silicone.
                              Good approach and typical results. Gel is nothing...as you say. I have used a 1" wide wood chisel to wedge between the hull and the plate. A moot point for you now.

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