Thread: Easy Forward/Reverse Handle Fix
07-21-2007, 05:41 PM #1
Easy Forward/Reverse Handle Fix
I for one have been having a hard time pressing that gray lever to
release the forward/reverse handle. This Kawa seems to be running
5mph in idle, little time to be fooling with it!
Hydrotoys, aka Skunkworks, showed how to take cowling off, access
the handle and grind off the detent with a dremel.
Cue03 and I decided to do this today......Cue did as Hydro said, I took
mine off and noticed that the gray release lever on the inside of the black
handle was attached with just one phillips head screw. Remove gray release lever and wa la.......problem solved, no grinding and you can take it back to stock if the spirit moves you. F/R Handle now moves freely.
I was going to put this on the FAQ but it's closed, maybe Hydro can do that.
07-21-2007, 05:59 PM #2
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- S. Florida
Tom is correct. I should have paid closer attention to the lever BEFORE I got dremel happy. Oh well. I removed the gray release piece as well and like the full grab feel much better. Will see tomorrow how it operates in the water.
07-21-2007, 06:28 PM #3
Now go here, and write it up. If you snap a quick pick of what to remove then you will make it simple for anyone. One of the mods will drop it in it's own thread with a titled description and lock it.
07-21-2007, 07:53 PM #4
Cue found out that the triangular piece that he ground off the detent
is $25 in case he wants to go back to using the gray release lever in
the black handle.
I objected to having to do two operations to get reverse.....way too
much time with a dock or obstruction looming in front!
Plus I noticed that SeaDoo's have a F N R on their RXT's. I think having
a Neutral is very useful. With the Kawa I guess you'll just have to feel
it to find it.
07-21-2007, 08:26 PM #5
With the detent intact, neutral is much easier to find.
07-21-2007, 08:29 PM #6
07-22-2007, 01:04 PM #7
That detent is there for a reason, I hope the reverse bucket doesnt come down on you while on the throttle, or going over a big wave/wake.
07-22-2007, 02:01 PM #8
I thought about that
I don't forsee how any force would be present to push
that reverse bucket down. Any water coming at the boat
from the rear just forces it to normal up position. I thought
the lip on the bucket might catch the jet stream from nozzle
but if anything it might be just touching it, again keeping
it in up position.
The handle would jump up if bucket came down. Maybe if
you saw that you could react quick enough to prevent the
over the handlebars manouever.
SeaDoo's don't have a detent do they? Any reports of bucket
If it happens I'll be sure to post and revert back to stock......if
I'm here to tell the tale!
07-22-2007, 02:23 PM #9
The design is cam'd at the bucket. It can't come down on it's own, even without the cable hooked. It always forces itself up.
07-22-2007, 02:37 PM #10SeaDoocerGuest
Did you have to take off the upper shell to get to it?
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