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    Default SAFETY THREAD: Nozzle Hinge Pins

    The most important part on any jet boat, yet probably the most neglected part on them as well. ALWAYS...and I mean ALWAYS...check the tightness on your nozzle bolts prior to launching. All it takes is an allen wrench and about 10 - 15 seconds.

    The nozzle, aside from the throttle, is your only form of control on a jet boat. Not sure if any of you remember, but several years back there was a jet boat being used as a competition ski boat that ended up in the grand stands. People were injured badly and I think a few were killed. Well, investigation revealed that the tiller pin had fallen out because the maintenance crew had failed to check the bolts on them.

    All because of someone else's negligence people were hurt and killed.

    Guys, those pins are your life. Those pins are someone else's life. One of those pins ends up missing, you now compromise the controlability of that boat. Once the controlability is compromised, so is the safety of yourself as the driver, as well as your passengers and others around you. No tiller pin, no steering. No reverse pin, no brakes. It's that simple.

    So everytime you launch, ALWAYS remember to check your nozzle pin bolts. It could mean your life. It can also mean someone else's life.



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    I almost lost my steering this year, 1 bolt gone ,and the other loose.
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    I try to go over most all of the running HDWR over a six'er and some good old fashioned tunes in the garage! at some point when i get off of the water and a collage rule note pad with a check list! just safer that way IMO after all we all have heard of different lil misshaps from towels left in the intake and loader bolts come loose ride plates falling off....im sure the list goes on and on!...even seats coming loose and sending your drunk buddies into the headers! not a bad idea to hang out in the garage rather staring at your boat and when you are done going over your nutz and bolts.....for Christs sake, put some wax on it!
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    Locktight works well on those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowboy View Post
    Locktight works well on those.

    Ryan
    Also makes it impossible to remove...especially if it leaks around the nozzle pins. You'll end up having to cut them off with a grinder.

    You've got to be joking...10 - 15 seconds with an allen wrench is too much work!?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetaholic View Post
    Also makes it impossible to remove...especially if it leaks around the nozzle pins. You'll end up having to cut them off with a grinder.

    You've got to be joking...10 - 15 seconds with an allen wrench is too much work!?
    Impossible ??? No it makes good sence to put a lil dab of Locktite on all your steering and diverter bolts. It is kind of funny that Place sends Locktite with every new diverter. Use it ! To remover use a lil heat and they come out like butter !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squirtin Thunder View Post
    Impossible ??? No it makes good sence to put a lil dab of Locktite on all your steering and diverter bolts. It is kind of funny that Place sends Locktite with every new diverter. Use it ! To remover use a lil heat and they come out like butter !
    Yep, I use a little Blue-Loctite on all that hardware.
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    Ditto On the Blue loctite,

    did you also know it keeps your stainless into stainless from galling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetaholic View Post

    You've got to be joking...10 - 15 seconds with an allen wrench is too much work!?

    Its not the work that is the problem, its the fact that if you forgot once, you could be in a world of hurt. I have always used blue locktight and never had a problem removing anything. Plus, I have not had a problem with them ever coming loose. Sounds like a win-win to me.

    Red can be a little tougher, Green.... Good luck that crap is hardcore.

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    I use the blue and the red Loctite by the two ounce bottle, green for all hydraulic and water pipe fittings, the stuffs like magic. If you need to get it apart, just a little heat from a heat gun and it will come apart.....

    You also want to check all of the aluminum parts for hairline cracks and distortions, a lot of the parts were talking about are over thirty years old, the get britlle.

    Also, if you are constantly having to tighten up control parts, get the geometry of the steering components, if there is any binding, stuff will loosen in a heart beat...Just my opinion.

    Had a tiller arm break at the kingpin at over 80 MPH on a river, close call, but desroyed a very nice hull....not to mention newer undershorts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowboy View Post
    Locktight works well on those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowboy View Post
    Its not the work that is the problem, its the fact that if you forgot once, you could be in a world of hurt. I have always used blue locktight and never had a problem removing anything. Plus, I have not had a problem with them ever coming loose. Sounds like a win-win to me.

    Red can be a little tougher, Green.... Good luck that crap is hardcore.

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    I work with green (630) and red (277) all teh time at work.

    Blue (242) is your friend. even purple (222) is good enough.

    Red and green are for stuff you do not plan on taking apart, ever, but IMO the red is meaner stuff.
    I have to heat-gun a lot of green apart and hammer a lot of red apart on splined shafts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetaholic View Post
    Also makes it impossible to remove...especially if it leaks around the nozzle pins. You'll end up having to cut them off with a grinder.

    You've got to be joking...10 - 15 seconds with an allen wrench is too much work!?
    i have always used locktite on all the diverter hardware and never had a problem. i know cause i usually check and i've taken mine apart more than a couple of times. like someone said place sends it with there diverters and recomends that you use it on everything. get a clue!
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    Funny how this thread is posted. I LOST my nozzle last week at the lake. I was heading tward the rocks so I jumped out and put myself between my boat and the rocks to save it. Man that was close.





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