Is it common for the Smart trac foot pedal system to wear out and become hard to operate with ones foot. I tested a used CD Freedom and even after cleaning could not control the rudder using my toes. I had to use the ball of each foot to get rudder movement. Replace the foot pedals seems the logical choice right?
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You said you cleaned them, but|
Posted by: jackl on Dec-02-12 5:40 AM (EST)
did you take them apart and lubricate them or did you try to adjust them ?
smart trac foot pedals|
Posted by: marcoyoga on Dec-02-12 11:11 AM (EST)
We did take them completely apart and clean each piece and dry lube the pivots. The toe plates simply require more force to move than toes can provide. It took the ball of my foot to move them so I bet they are just worn from too much use.
I Just don't like them|
Posted by: Fluidmotion on Dec-02-12 10:55 PM (EST)
I just don't like the smart track in my Squall GTS. I also have to move my foot to use the balls of my feet in order to move the rudder making it almost useless to hold in position for any period of time. I have seen that other people don't like it in that boat in many reviews as well. At the moment I just use it like a skeg if I need to, but I think if you move the peddles down about two inches in the boat they will angle differently and work better. That will be a summer project though.
Posted by: krusty on Dec-02-12 6:26 PM (EST)
My open water boat was outfitted with a smart track back in 05, never had any issues, 12 years of heavy use.
The Smart Tracks could have been|
Posted by: onnopaddle on Dec-02-12 11:37 PM (EST)
sooo much better. Same story with the other brand as well. Ergonomics just not there. If you can, you might try adjusting the banana part back towards you a bit more ... If you can get the screw to turn without breaking.