Ultra 4.3 rudder maintenance

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yak64
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Sun Aug 21, 2016 6:19 pm

Well with large swell and high winds kayak maintenance seems a good back up plan. Wanting to pull apart the rudder assembly on my ultra 4.3.....as it seems a bit sticky... are there any things I should be wary of or are there useful tips others would be happy to share.

I was also wondering re recommendations on lubricants....thanks in advance!

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Tue Sep 06, 2016 1:05 pm

How did you get on?

There really isn't much you can do maintenance wise, the design means everything is pretty tight so it doesn't need much dirt/salt/etc in there and it tightens up pretty quickly, any lube tends to attract the dirt so doesn't help that much... I found a really good flush out with fresh water after each trip was the best thing but it was always stiff going down...
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Tue Sep 06, 2016 5:03 pm

Mental wrote:How did you get on?

There really isn't much you can do maintenance wise, the design means everything is pretty tight so it doesn't need much dirt/salt/etc in there and it tightens up pretty quickly, any lube tends to attract the dirt so doesn't help that much... I found a really good flush out with fresh water after each trip was the best thing but it was always stiff going down...
Agreed.

I use a 2200Psi water blaster.
Get all the sand, salt etc out and no issues.
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Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:22 am

Mental wrote:How did you get on?

There really isn't much you can do maintenance wise, the design means everything is pretty tight so it doesn't need much dirt/salt/etc in there and it tightens up pretty quickly, any lube tends to attract the dirt so doesn't help that much... I found a really good flush out with fresh water after each trip was the best thing but it was always stiff going down...
Thanks for that... I had wondered if that was the case, I haven't actually sorted it yet but will take your advise on board... cheers

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Wed Sep 07, 2016 9:21 pm

yak64 wrote:
Mental wrote:There really isn't much you can do maintenance wise, the design means everything is pretty tight so it doesn't need much dirt/salt/etc in there and it tightens up pretty quickly,
With all those lightening slots in the side panels it looks like a design made to attract grit and sand. Is it possible to dismantle it, glue plastic (2 litre milk bottle plastic) over those side slots? That type of plastic is slippery too which could help. Even without gluing the disks on it might help just fitting them.
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At least the rudder design I use (90 degree slide-up, not 270 rotation) doesn't have that problem though both myself and the designer, after separate trips in the Abel Tasman did a small modification to stop sand jamming anything.

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