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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-19-2018, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Steering Alignment off on 2018 Yamaha VX Cruiser HO

Has anyone had an issue with steering being off on their waverunner? I just purchased 2018 Yamaha VX Cruiser HO and to go straight the handle bars have to be turned to the left about 1-2 inches. It's enough to bother me.

The dealership is not super close and I could drive it there to have fixed, but was wondering if it was a simple fix that I could do myself.

Any tips?

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Put the bars straight and look at the steering nozzle. If it's not straight, the end of the cable has a adjustment, but not 2" worth. I would at least call them first and see what they say.
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I agree with Rod. I am thinking there is surely a mechanical adjustment on the nozzle

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Thanks Lee - They told me to bring it in and they'll fix. Do you know if its easy to do myself if I didn't want to drive back to the dealership?
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Thanks Lee - They told me to bring it in and they'll fix. Do you know if its easy to do myself if I didn't want to drive back to the dealership?
Yes, just need wrenches and a ruler. Put handle bars straight then adjust nozzle till it messures even left to right.
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Well it is certainly easy to take a look because it is on the outside of the ski. I would get a chair (old guy here) and a flashlight and sit down behind the ski. There are some rubber flaps on mine which are easy to pull up and take a look. They are also easy to remove. I am not even sure you will need to touch the flaps. The nozzle pivots freely from left to right when not connected to the steering linkage. It was simple to disconnect the throttle linkage on mine. No tools required. I seem to remember a mechanical adjustment on the linkage. I will look at mine tonight. Some designs seldom change

Here is a link to the schematic for mine.

https://www.yamahapart.com/oemparts/.../control-cable

Looking at the schematic, there looks to be minor mechanical adjustment on the cable ends and major adjustment where the cable goes through the hull. Which brings up the question of "How to seal a hull penetration"

The adjustment is within the cable "somewhere". It looks like (just guessing) the adjustment you want is the "thru hull" mechanical adjustment. Although you may be able to get what you need with the cable end adjustment

Bottom line is if I were you I would visually look closely at what you have. Visual inspections are always helpful to me personally

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Here is a reference to the rubber flaps. Parts 70 and 71

https://www.yamahapart.com/oemparts/...18e/jet-unit-1

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On a similar subject that I found interesting, my boat was pulling to the right with the trim adjusted straight. It was caused by the torsional or gyroscopic effect of the propeller. So I had to trim it to the left to get the boat to track straight.
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Yama... Let us know how it pans out?

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Thank you, Lee. I am going to take a look at it tomorrow of Friday and will let you know.
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