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    2006 GPR Steering?

    Today while doing some top speed runs on my ski I was finally introduced to the nose diving when you let off the throttle I hear so much about. It actually scared the heck out of me when the back end whipped around and I almost went flying. This happened twice. Anyway, maybe it is all in me head but the steering seems to be loose now. I don't know if something happened on my spin out or what. The handle bars seem like they would turn if you blew on them and there is a little play back and forth when just going straight. I don't remember there being that much slop in them before the 2 spinouts. Just wandering if anyone on here could help with some possible causes or solutions? On a good note though, I did manage to get a good speed, 66.3 GPS. The ski is completely stock so I am happy with that. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys.


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    YUP, That'll scare the snot out of you.

    All the differences that you notice in your ski now (including the loose steering) is called a "wake-up call". You survived. You'll be more in tune with your ski now cause it scared you.

    My problem is that I LOVE that (I usually smell ozone at that moment)...every now & then the Doctor tells me to stop it.

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    Welcome Suthrn.

    How may hours on the boat?

    Do a real good visual inspection of the steering and trim cables. There have been a couple of reports of new boats with loose, missing, or poorly assembles cables and controls. Also check the steering nozzle for loose hardware. Check that intake grate and underside of the boat. After a good inspection, get back with us.

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    It has just 9hrs. I will check some things tomorrow and let you know.

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    is your trim in the "nose dive" position?

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    Suthrn,
    Welcome to the board.

    Have someone sit on your ski. Open the hood, pull out the bin. Take a flashlight, and watch the steering column, versus the little arm that the cable is attached to. Have them move the steering gently as you watch the lower arm vs the column.

    I've seen them loosen up at this point, allowing for side/side slop in the steering. Other than that, check the cable clamp on the bracket, the bracket or the nozzle itself.

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    Welcome to the Forum Suthrn

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    Thanks for the welcome to the site. I will try and do a good once over on all the stuff mentioned and make sure nothing is wrong. I'll have to see if I can find the above mentioned plastic parts. I thought maybe it could just be in my head since I was still a little in shock. Scaring the snot out of me is an understatement though. My wife told me I was an idiot because I actually did it twice. Thanks again for the welcome.

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    My wife told me I was an idiot because I actually did it twice.


    Don't feel bad....I heard that (almost identical phrase) from my wife too when I got tossed from my ski at 71mph..... :P

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