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I have a newly purchased '97 Yamaha WaveRunner GP1200.

Our first test run was last night, and that was also the first time I've driven a PWC so I'm a complete newbie.

Our machine was well maintained and runs great, but I have two questions regarding steering & handling.

First off the machine feels as if it wants to turn left all of the time. I had to ride with a slight lean to the right & with the bars turned slightly right to go straight. Is this normal, or do I need to adjust the steering trim?

I don't have a manual, but I assume the steering is trimmed by changing the length of the rod at the nozzle?

My other question is in regards to the adjustable sponsons. I live on a lake with a 35mph speed limit, so handling is more important to me than top speed. Is the all the way down position the best for handling?

Thank you in advance for any advice you can provide!
 

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Congrats on the new ski.

It shouldn't pull one way or the other. Yes you adjust the nozzle with the rods at the rear. You might want to get a service manual to see the recommended setting and go from there.

Generally lowering the sponsons will improve handling in the turns, and it also helps to reduce porposing on the GP1200. I doubt it will change the top speed very much. You may have to play with the position to find what works the best for you.

35 mph speed limit...............man, I'm glad I'm not on your lake. Have fun!
 

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Thanks for the info Ernest T!

I shortened the length of the steering push rod at the nozzle so when the bars are straight the nozzle point straight back. I also lowered the sponsons to their full down position.

Test run scheduled for after work tonight! :)

Yeah the speed limit really sucks, and we have lake police that enforce it so you have to wait until you know they aren't out patrolling before you can get on it. The good news is they keep the riff-raff off our 400 acre private lake, so I guess it is a trade off..
 
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