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ports103

My 04 vlx pull to the right....

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ports103

Just bought my first malibu and on the test drive it pulled hard to the right . Is this normal?

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Nitrousbird

Depends on your definition of "hard" but yes, it is normal for them to pull to the right.

Why does your profile say "04 VTX" if you have a VLX and the VTX didn't come out until 2007? 'T' and 'L' are not near eachother on the keyboard so it can't be a fat fingering issue.

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ports103

Thanks for pointing out my mistake and I have made the correction. Just new to it all. So it is normal...and by hard I mean it would make a turn.. Is there any way to adjust. Taking it out on the water today. Thanks for your advise.

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Nitrousbird

Yes, it pulls enough to make a turn. The owners manual states:

"It is normal for your Malibu steering to pull slightly to the right

under normal driving conditions. The boat will pull straight

while skier is under tow."

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jkendallmsce

Yes, it pulls enough to make a turn. The owners manual states:

"It is normal for your Malibu steering to pull slightly to the right

under normal driving conditions. The boat will pull straight

while skier is under tow."

Just why will it pull straight with a skier behind it??....it makes no diff whether there is a skier undertow or not...The boat will pull to the right, (unless the rudder has been shaved and or adjusted_, due to the prop rotating in a LH rotation.

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Lance B. Johnson

When I'm pulling a rider my boat drives a straight as an arrow. When I'm not the boat pulls to the right just like the manual says.

For the original post the steering is tuned that way intentionally so the boats drive straight while pulling someone. If the steering where tuned neutral the boat would wander.

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jkendallmsce

When I'm pulling a rider my boat drives a straight as an arrow. When I'm not the boat pulls to the right just like the manual says.

For the original post the steering is tuned that way intentionally so the boats drive straight while pulling someone. If the steering where tuned neutral the boat would wander.

Just as I said: the boat will pull/drive straight if the rudder has been shaved or on the newer rudder has been adjusted.. You must not be a course skier, cause you want the steering wheel "loaded" as you pull a skier thru the course...if no load the boat will wander...which is bad for the skier.

And being 6-4 and about 220+, when I am pulling behind the boat at any of the shorter line lenghts say 35' off, the boat will want to go in my direction/follow me casue I am applying about 1000-1500 ppounds of resistaance to the boat..just as with the laws of conservation, the boat will want to follow the path of least resistance

Also that is why when you have a boat with twin screws, one engine will be LH and the other will be RH rotation...to offest each other prop's rotation forces (torque). Same principle, different applicaiton when dealing with helicoptors...it would never fly w/o a tail.

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ports103

Thank you everyone for your advise. I will be pulling wakeboard and skiers on sunday so I will let you all know how it works out. Thanks again!

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Lance B. Johnson

I'm not sure why your arguing with me on this.... We are saying exactly the same thing

:)

Just as I said: the boat will pull/drive straight if the rudder has been shaved or on the newer rudder has been adjusted.. You must not be a course skier, cause you want the steering wheel "loaded" as you pull a skier thru the course...if no load the boat will wander...which is bad for the skier.

And being 6-4 and about 220+, when I am pulling behind the boat at any of the shorter line lenghts say 35' off, the boat will want to go in my direction/follow me casue I am applying about 1000-1500 ppounds of resistaance to the boat..just as with the laws of conservation, the boat will want to follow the path of least resistance

Also that is why when you have a boat with twin screws, oneU engine will be LH and the other will be RH rotation...to offest each other prop's rotation forces (torque). Same principle, different applicaiton when dealing with helicoptors...it would never fly w/o a tail.

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jkendallmsce

that why I said "Just as I said"...I was and am agreeing with you!!

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Lance B. Johnson

that why I said "Just as I said"...I was and am agreeing with you!!

Ohhh gotcha. When you said, "you must not be a course skier" I assumed you misunderstood. Carry on :)

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Bill_AirJunky

If you have the adjustable rudder, then you can tune some of that pull out of the steering. It will have the little adjustment block in the rear edge of the rudder.

MalibuRudder_LG.jpg

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wakesetter8796

our 08 leans left when underway....

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Bill_AirJunky

our 08 leans left when underway....

Leans would be a weight issue. How many batteries are you running?

Mine actually leans to the right with just me driving. But add a spotter & it sits level.

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wakesetter8796

With 4 people in the boat including driver, It leans left. It might have more people on that side. We have 2 batteries.

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