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    Default place diverter rudder

    just wondering if i should run a big or small diverter rudder or even at all. whats the difference between the big and small rudders?

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    you will probably get many opinions pro and con. the large place rudder is is approx 7 x 9 inches the small one about 1/2 of that. it can hit objects in shallow water and steep drive ways will take their toll, but they will add a lot in low speed directional stability in a no wake zone and in a situation of the motor stalling going into the dock area will leave you with some steering ability to avoid a collision. i recommend one in most all applications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiian racer View Post
    just wondering if i should run a big or small diverter rudder or even at all. whats the difference between the big and small rudders?
    We recommend for 19' plus boats lrg. but if your running a droop a small rudder is a must.

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    my rudder does not do jack for steering.. I still run it though. Kind of acts like a skid plate in case the jet is about to rub on something. I figure it does not really hurt anything with the relativly low speeds im seeing.

    Case in point. When i first got my jet i had the peddle to the floor and some dumb ass on a jetski jumped out in front of me. I jacked the wheel to the left and let off the gas. NO gas = no turn.. I kept going strait... It was a lesson i had to learn.



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    the ensueing fire would likely be extinguished by the sinking however

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    I run the small rudder on my boat. It made a big change in the slow speed control of the boat. For me it was well worth the money to do this upgrade.

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    Cool rudder

    [QUOTE=Delemorte;957288]my rudder does not do jack for steering.. I still run it though. Kind of acts like a skid plate in case the jet is about to rub on something. I figure it does not really hurt anything with the relativly low speeds im seeing.

    Case in point. When i first got my jet i had the peddle to the floor and some dumb ass on a jetski jumped out in front of me. I jacked the wheel to the left and let off the gas. NO gas = no turn.. I kept going strait... It was a lesson i had to learn.



    [/QUOTE Your ride plate is killing the turning capabilities of your boat, that rudder is doing more than you think, especially at slow speeds. just for fun try it without the plate or a shorter one, it will turn much better.

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    Run the big one...high speed shutdowns with no steering at all will make you piss yourself. With a little steering you get a better sense of hope.

    Bigger rudder=more steering

    It depends on what you are doing, No rudder will give you the best slide for better end arounds at slow speeds and a large will cause drag and grab more at high speeds. After i installed the big one i took it out and drove it the same, 65mph tight radius turn caused a end around. Almost pissed, but she held in there and pulled out of it just in time to grab a drink from the tail.

    Just my O2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delemorte View Post
    my rudder does not do jack for steering.. I still run it though. Kind of acts like a skid plate in case the jet is about to rub on something. I figure it does not really hurt anything with the relativly low speeds im seeing.

    Case in point. When i first got my jet i had the peddle to the floor and some dumb ass on a jetski jumped out in front of me. I jacked the wheel to the left and let off the gas. NO gas = no turn.. I kept going strait... It was a lesson i had to learn.



    [/QUOTE Your ride plate is killing the turning capabilities of your boat, that rudder is doing more than you think, especially at slow speeds. just for fun try it without the plate or a shorter one, it will turn much better.

    You know. after i posted that i got to thinking.. I cant say it does not do anything but it sure does not seem like it does alot.
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    the ensueing fire would likely be extinguished by the sinking however

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    [QUOTE=Delemorte;959400]
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    You know. after i posted that i got to thinking.. I cant say it does not do anything but it sure does not seem like it does alot.
    NO rudder. Waste of time. Don't have one, never will

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    A rudder will get you a good insurance rate
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    ditch it. Waste of money. If you need it to steer your boat then you need to learn how to drive your boat.
    Its like training wheels for your bike. You can run em, they do add stability. But they are for the untrained and it looks stupid.
    Im kinda half way joking and being a smartass so dont go getting pinchyfaced on me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 79miller View Post
    ditch it. Waste of money. If you need it to steer your boat then you need to learn how to drive your boat.
    Its like training wheels for your bike. You can run em, they do add stability. But they are for the untrained and it looks stupid.
    Im kinda half way joking and being a smartass so dont go getting pinchyfaced on me.
    So yea im untrained. but...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboatperformance View Post
    the ensueing fire would likely be extinguished by the sinking however

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    I'm suposed to have a rudder on this suckka
    Another Hot Boat refugee

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    Run a small one on mine. Definitely more steering when not under power and less slide around turns. A noticeable difference.

    Busted it off on a rock though so looking for another small one. Less than the 85 bucks on PD's website.

    89 Eliminator, dominator, droop snoot, place diverter, ride plate.

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