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    What is the best rudder drive linkage out there? We are for some reason having to replace the shock or linkage often, is this normal? We have replaced the springs in the belt tensioner, applied a completely new belt tensioner, applied new belts to the rudder drive, readjusted the pulley for speed, and still at times the rudder drive will lock up, or just loose its pressure to push the pins out of the door. We have kicker's and are currently upgrading to humpbacks. Any suggestions? thanks
    Remember no one is perfect no matter how good we are!

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    Re: rudder drive linkage

    We have about 2 pairs in our house with this problem, all new belts, all new shocks. as much throw as possible and we still get pins in the door. We just pretty much grin and bear it, not really a problem when the lanes are used as pairs. You're lucky, at least you have humpbacks on the way, we're stuck with kickers
    All I want in life is to turn wrenches and climb around pinsetters/pinspotters again :/

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      Re: rudder drive linkage

      1. Take a kicker spring and hook it through the upper wishbone of the belt tensioner.
      2. Run some light chain to the spring over the lower ball lift link shaft.
      3. Secure the chain between the paddle drive braces with a small nail......grind the sharp point off.
      4. Stretch the kicker spring out to apply more tension.

      JK

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        Re: rudder drive linkage

        If your switching to Humpy's, you'll need to weigh your options. This is a case of "You get what you pay for". There's a large gap in price & performance.

        Best - Light ball sensor

        2nd best - Light ball clutch (Lifelong - same as the Humpy's)

        3rd best - Spring shock (I like Murrey's)

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