wobbley tiller handle

Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by firecat1981, May 11, 2010.

  1. firecat1981

    firecat1981 BBA Counselor

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    ok so I was trying out a simple pvc tiller extension. as soon as I slipped it over the tiller handle and moved it side to side I noticed it has a little play in it. I can't tell it has any play when I'm using it, just when I use the extension. It's not in the tiller arm, just in the twist throttle handle. Is this normal? will having a tiller extension on cause alot of real damage?
     
  2. DuckNut

    DuckNut Brandon, FL

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    Isn't the twist grip tapered? Is your pipe? If not, mystery solved.
     

  3. firecat1981

    firecat1981 BBA Counselor

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    No, it rocks slightly side to side even without the extension on. I never noticed it when using it, but it is definatelty there and is obviously more pronounced when I extend it any. It doesn't feel loose or anything and functions fine, I just don't like the wobble.
     
  4. Gramps

    Gramps Living & Dying in 3/4 Time

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    My Merc wobbles, can't recall if it did before using the tiller extension or not. But folks have been running tillers for a long time and I have not heard of the twist grip breaking off. I wouldn't be too worried, but I am curious as to what causes the movement, in yours and mine.
     
  5. DuckNut

    DuckNut Brandon, FL

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    If the wobble is at the pivot point and you put your hand right next to it you will never feel it as the wobble will feel like 1/16". Move the holding point further away, let's say 2ft, and that 1/16" wobble at 3 degrees could feel like 1". Move it further away and it will feel even more amplified. Which might explain why you notice it now and not before.

    Probably normal.
     
  6. firecat1981

    firecat1981 BBA Counselor

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    Honestly I think it probably is normal, I was just wondering if anyone else with a tiller extension was feeling the same thing? it works flawlessly, just I can move it a bit.
     
  7. aflatsnut

    aflatsnut I Love microskiff.com!

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    I run my 50 tiller with a piece of PVC the wobble is normal but PLEASE wear tour kill switch lanyard.

    Bob
     
  8. firecat1981

    firecat1981 BBA Counselor

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    I typically wear my kill lanyard when I'm running, but not when I'm idling. I'll have to get a longer one now.
     
  9. backwaterbandits

    backwaterbandits Well-Known Member

    I noticed additional "wobble" in my tiller when
    I went to a long extension and I think DuckNut
    explained it perfectly...
    firecat, think about extending your kill switch up
    to your new location...I put mine on the front
    or face of my rear deck and use the stock lanyard
    with a kayak paddle wrist strap. You can put it on
    your wrist or ankle and has worked out really well.
     
  10. mark_gardner

    mark_gardner I Love microskiff.com!

    mine wobbles slightly too but i'm not worried about it ::)