06-13-2013, 02:11 PM #1
Poor Handling: Does like to turn left
Finally starting to revisit an old issue I have.
I've got a 2003 FX140 that doesn't like to turn left. It'll turn on a dime to the right, but the left, not so much. At high speeds it practically won't even turn left.
Background info, when I got the ski, much of the pump was missing. THe previous owner let it sit after riding in salt water and the impeller seized up. TOok it to a shop and they removed a bunch of stuff and the PO declined the repairs do to cost and a few years later I get it and get it back in running order. When I installed the pump, I'm pretty sure I got everything to line back up correctly, and best I can tell when the bars are straight, the jet nozzle is centered.
Also, when trying to remove the "eye-bolt" thing that attaches the cable to the nozzle, it broke so I had to drill it out, and my new hole is actually a little closer in than the old hole. I figured it wold just aid in handling, but could this actually be causing my issue?
I actually started a thread about this 2 years ago (http://www.greenhulk.net/forums/show...t=slow+turning), but the day after the last post I was in a motorcycle crash that put me a wheelchair for a few months, and then due to life and work I didn't ride it at all last year. So after two years I'm finally trying to sort this out.
Any thoughts on what else would cause it to not turn left?
06-19-2013, 09:09 AM #2
06-19-2013, 09:14 AM #3
its gonna be hard to diagnose with out more info/pics...
bring it by and im sure I can help you out
06-19-2013, 03:32 PM #4
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Will the handlebar go all the way when turned to left? If not I would open up the handle bar protector (not correct name) to see if the cable from trim that has a plastic protection cylinder on it has ended up on the wrong side of the steering house..
06-19-2013, 05:42 PM #5
Just a caution that may not be relevant... On both of my new FX's I adjusted the fitting due to slight cable stretch/compression after about 15 hrs, just to keep the handlebars dead central when tracking straight. The bars were sitting a bit left, so to correct that I had to unscrew the fitting - from the factory there about ten or twelve turns taken up, fortunately I only had to unwind a few turns to get the nozzle straight. Always be cautious and leave enough threads engaged on screw fittings so as to retain strength in extreme cases...
Last edited by zone5; 06-19-2013 at 05:59 PM. Reason: Yeah, whatever...
06-21-2013, 10:15 AM #6
unfortunately I haven't ha much time to mess with it, and work will have me out of town all next week (summer camp!), but I'll mess with it a litle today or tomorrow and try to get it in the water soon.
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