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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:55 pm 
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I have a 2007 Outfitter Tandem and standard Mirage drives and fins. I've noticed that on one set of the drives when the pedals are completely together the fins don't point directly down. It's not off a whole lot but it means that one fin does not fit close to the hull when the pedals are as far apart as they can be. I know there must be a simple adjustment for this, can someone point me to a maintenance link for adjustment. Thanks.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 1:17 pm 
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If they are far off then you need to slip the sprocket on the chain so that they are equal. Minor adjustments can be made with the lock nuts on the large cams, loosening one and tightening the other, which will bring them into alignment.

I think there is a manual somewhere here on the Hobie site and no doubt somebody will point you to it.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 7:11 pm 
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I agree with Tom -- most likely a simple matter of tightening one side of the chain/cable at the drum and loosening the opposite. Proper chain tension is about 1/8" squeeze between the fingers when finished. Chain tensioning is always done front to back (idler, front fin , rear fin).

Before you do that though, make sure that your pedals are in the same pin holes in the drums, that the drums are perfectly aligned. If both are leaning to one side, work them both to the center; if split more than about an inch, concentrate on the one that is leaning out of position. If evenly split and less than about an inch at the tip, I wouldn't bother -- less than about 1/4" of pedal travel can account for that small amount.

It's rare to have the chain slip a cog. If you suspect this, it should be noticeable. Each sprocket has a master cog in the center and the middle chain link should always be on that cog -- be sure it's pressed firmly in.

Finally, there is a small chance one of your masts is bent. If so, usually minor. Best to leave it if not excessive and make any minor correction with the cable.

While at it, inspect your fin masts (rods) to make sure they are not wobbling -- should be firmly in place. If not, see if your allenhead screw is loose. Bring it in snug to the hidden flat spot on the mast and Locktite in place. If the masts still wobble, they can be epoxied in place (along with the allenhead). 8)


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