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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:44 am 
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Morning,

I inherited my Hobie tandem kayak in the divorce and we use it all summer on the Mystic River (the wasband can use it too). However, it's a bugger to get the fins/pedals into the slots. It takes forever and is very frustrating. Shouldn't be so difficult. What is the trick to getting the pedals/fins in quickly and with ease? The kayak is about 12 years old.

Also, one of the fins just came loose on one side? How to fix? It is just kind of dangling.....

Thank you! Annie[/size]


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:58 am 
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As for being able to install and remove the drive, start by cleaning the latches really well. Then add a few drops of environmentally friendly oil, such as fish oil. The drive unit should drop in and lock into place. It may require some slight wiggling back and forth but it should lock in fairly easily. For removal just pull the levers on each side to the rear and it should come out. Some people try to lock it into place with the levers but that actually unlocks it. It should lock automatically when the drive unit is dropped into place.

Hope this helps.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:25 am 
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Good Morning and thank you for your reply. That's the thing, they don't. It takes a lot of wiggling and time to get the darn things to slide in. And then it's like, "ahhh" it dropped in just like that. It should fit easily, but not the case. The locks work great once the drive is in place. It's almost like the boat "swelled" or the the drive is too big for the opening in the boat. Something doesn't match up. Which end of the drive goes in first or is it straight down? Pedals straight so fins are straight?


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:10 pm 
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Likely due to the angle the spine is at compared to the well. Newer drives had an alignment pin that helps to level the spine with the hull as you lower it in.

Trick: Place the pedals in the middle adjustment. Pedals forward or aft will cause the spine to tilt fore or aft as you hold the drive by the pedal cranks when lowering it in.

mmiller wrote:
If Mirage users are having difficulty fitting the MirageDrive into their kayak correctly, the following information can help to explain an easy process for fitting the drive. This is primarily a problem with new users and is possibly complicated by the Drive Seal accessory mounted at the back of the drive.

Correctly Seated MirageDrive
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Issue: The MirageDrive must be lowered into the drive well evenly front to back. Tipping the drive forward or aft when lowering can cause it to wedge into the well. Holding the pedals with adjustments far aft or forward causes a potential problem.

MirageDrive Tipped Forward
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This is sometimes caused by the added friction of the drive seal mounted at the aft end of the drive. In the worst case, the drive spine will miss the forward ledge and drop below the hull. Tipping the drive aft when this happens can then cause a compression and damage of the aft well wall. Pedaling the drive in this position can also damage the aft fin.


Incorrectly inserted MirageDrive
Note friction caused by the Drive Seal Accessory

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Correct installation of the MirageDrive: It may be easier if you place the pedals in a middle adjustment to help identify a "level" drive as it is lowered into the well.


Lower the MirageDrive...level with the well
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Another trick is to hold the drive at the base of the pedals from in front or behind them depending on the fore or aft adjustment.


Hold pedals at or near drum center
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The MirageDrive is quite simple to mount... when you understand how it fits. Friction caused by the Drive Seal accessory has caused a potential positioning challenge for users as this tips the drive forward. You may consider removal of the drive seal to make initial use of the drive easier. This makes mounting the drive into the hull easier for some users.

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