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Post PD Lower Unit Alignment
Noticed today while out jacking around that the tiller had a lot of torque on it and had to keep pushing it away from me to keep it on a straight heading. Not sure when it happened but it seems the LU and power block are not aligned causing me to constantly 'push' the tiller to keep it straight. I modified it a couple years ago from a short shank to a long shank but don't remember that much torque on the tiller.

Picture might not do it justice but you can see there is a significant difference to where i think it should be. My assumption is i can pull off the power head and try to correct the alignment ? Anybody got any other suggestions?

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Post Re: PD Lower Unit Alignment
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Noticed today while out jacking around that the tiller had a lot of torque on it and had to keep pushing it away from me to keep it on a straight heading. Not sure when it happened but it seems the LU and power block are not aligned causing me to constantly 'push' the tiller to keep it straight. I modified it a couple years ago from a short shank to a long shank but don't remember that much torque on the tiller.

Picture might not do it justice but you can see there is a significant difference to where i think it should be. My assumption is i can pull off the power head and try to correct the alignment ? Anybody got any other suggestions?


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It's manual reverse. When I did the conversion from short shank to long shank KP sent me the 'new' reverse piece.

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Post Re: PD Lower Unit Alignment
it's just slack. they all have it. run it.


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Agree there some slack in there, but this is more.

I've got to pretty much keep pushing the tiller away from me to stay on a straight line.


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Post Re: PD Lower Unit Alignment
If ur worried about it, send it to pd and get it checked out. probly several things wearing out causing all that play. might b time to spend some money!! lol

mine has play like yours, I just keep rolling.

the prodrive hating mfers on this forum will scare you to death if u let them. lol good luck!!


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Post Re: PD Lower Unit Alignment
I wouldn't lose sleep over it. Mine has looked that way for years.

As for tiller torque, the photo depiction is not the reason. Take some pics of your skeg and the torque wedge. Or, try adjusting the weight in your hull, changing the trim height...all kinds of things can be giving you tiller torque....but, alignment with your power head is not one of them.

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Some of us don't hate pd, but still think if you pay that kind of money the tiller should line up with the lower unit, but whatever....

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Russ wrote:
Some of us don't hate pd, but still think if you pay that kind of money the tiller should line up with the lower unit, but whatever....

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Being around enough pro drives.... they ALL have slack. you can wiggle the tiller bout 1" either way before the foot moves.... Pump some grease to help it.. otherwise deal with it lol.

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Post Re: PD Lower Unit Alignment
Mine has the same amount of play and hasn't caused any issues. I get monster tiller torque if the trim isn't just right. Try teasing your trim up/down a smidge. Fixes the torque on mine to next to none


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That won’t cause tiller torque. Trim, prop or skeg jacked up will though...

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