Hobie Mirage Drive 180 upgrade for V2 drive systems

This will use your existing Hobie V2 mirage drive. It will convert your V2 drive to a 180 Mirage Drive with reverse. 180MD parts will replace your lower half of Mirage Drive. It will not replace everything. Your existing drive will have to be in good working condition to use this kit. This will not work on V1 drives. Installation requires basic tools and can be done in less then a hour with one person. If you have anymore questions please call store 614-457-3620.

 

I want to start by saying as of 3/1/17 parts are going to be difficult to get. Hopefully soon parts will be easier to find. As always you can purchase a complete MD 180 from your local Hobie dealer, or of course Outdoor Source.

Parts Included in Kit: 
81499001 MD 180 Spine Assemby – One
81491001 Handle & Tendon MD 180 Reverse – One
81486001 Handle & Tendon MD 180 Forward – One
81504001 Mast MD 180 Turbo – Two
81501001 MD 180 Fin Turbo – Two

Purchase your drive here – Hobie 180MD conversion kit

Hobie 180 Drive Parts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tools you will need: 

7/16 wrench

Allen wrench set

Wood or plastic mallet (hammer could damage drum shaft)

Grease

Paper towels

This modification will use your existing Hobie V2 drive. The parts will swap out the lower half of your drive. I would suggest cleaning parts during your swap to get best performance from your drive.

We are going to start by locating and removing the 7/16 nuts attaching cables to the drums. Only one side needs removed and it will not matter which side it is. Take a picture or take note of how many threads are exposed below nuts for installment. Place nuts in safe place.

Pull threaded tips out of drum and pull through fins. You may remove fins to make things easier if needed.

You are now ready to remove Pedal Drum. Please be careful pulling off. Inside are small bearing rods. They can be a pain to reinstall. If they start coming out simply reach in with fingers or wrench and push back in while removing drum.

*You can take this opportunity to remove those rods and give a good cleaning and reapply lube to them. You can use the drum rod to help realign them once you have removed it from spine in next stage. Start with two or three rods then insert drum rod. This will help align reminder of rods around drum rod.

Use a marker to locate the center of the drum shaft  before removing, this will help replacing it later. Your will need a plastic or wood mallet. If you use hammer be sure to use piece of wood in between to protect drum rod. (I did not use marks in pic on right. It does make easier if you do. Otherwise you will have to measure to insure even.)

Using allen wrench remove set screw. This will allow pulley shaft to be pushed out. These parts will be reinstalled on new shaft. Please be careful, there are more rod bearings inside pulley. These can also be cleaned and lubed if desired.

Reverse procedure and reinstall pulley onto new 180 drive now. Sorry I didn’t take pictures of this part.

Now your done with old V2 drive spine. Reinstall Drum shaft into 180 Spine. Using marked lines on drum shaft carefully hammer in to new 180 Spine. If you didn’t use marked lines be sure to measure to make even on both sides.

Place Drum pedals back on shaft being careful not to disturb rod bearings. You will have to hold both sides on since the cables are only thing keeping them in place. Numbers will face the pull handles.

The most difficult part of the project is getting cables put back together. So take a breath and give it a go. I found it helpful to mark center of sprockets as well as center of chain. This helped to insure I had things lined up. It might help having a second set of hands. Wrap the two chain cables first then the pulley cable will go on last.

As you wrap first chain cable around remember moving the pedal shafts will change tension on chain. Use this to help get things placed correctly. You can opt to place 7/16 nut on a couple threads deep to hold cable. I waited till I had all three. Then place second chain cable on the other side.

When putting on pulley cable it will ride on outside of chain cables on drum. Be sure to check that all cables are around drum and not falling off. Again it might help to have an extra hand

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Once the cable tips are inserted and cables are laying properly on drum install the 7/16 nuts if you haven’t already. Use earlier thread count reference or tighten till snug. NOT TO TIGHT. This will affect the drive if too tight.

When installing mast and fins you might see small plastic piece above grey thumbscrew. Remove that first. Insert mast and tighten snug. Does not need to be super tight

Once fin is inserted far enough you will start threading adjusting thumbscrew into fin. NOTE: This Grey thumbscrew is held on by LockTight. If it becomes loose it will not allow threads to screw into fin so be careful not to force on. As you tighten thumbscrew through window on fin you will add the 8-32 nut. This will help lock the thumbscrew. This will finish fins.

Last part is to install FWD/REV handles. Please be careful with these. This is the weakest link to new drive. Make sure you get tighten flush but do not over tighten.

You can now pull back on reverse/forward and see how they operate. You are ready to hit the water.

If you have any questions please feel free to give us a call 614-457-3620 or to email me at cs@theoutdoorsource.com

Andy Graham

 

Land Between the Lakes National Recreational Area

Local Backpacker James Gant from Hillard writes,

“Located on the far Western edge of Kentucky, Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake flow into Tennessee.  At a little over 6 hour’s drive away from Columbus, the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is a beautiful 170,000 acre playground.  Because the LBL is in both Tennessee and Kentucky while also being National Recreational Area it is important to call ahead of time, since they have their own hunting dates that don’t necessarily line up with state dates.

I went backpacking there the last week of October.  The leaves had not quit changed yet but early fall was a great time to visit with amazing weather low traffic.  The trails are well marked.  Finding a map for backpacking proved a little difficult but you can purchase a decent map at the trail heads for $3.  The trails are well maintained and easy to follow.  Since the LBL is surrounded by water most of the crowds spend their time on the water leaving the trails clear of traffic.  While I was there I only saw a few people for the four days I was there.  The campsites are primitive but most of them are easily accessed by car so you may have some company at night.  The main North to South Trail is great but it is not a loop trail so you will spend some time going back the way you came unless you meet up with a friend you can park at each end of the 49 mile trail.

The LBL is an amazing place to go with the family and do some car camping.  They have two large bison herds that can easily be seen from your car.  The bison areas are not near the trails at all but you can get really close to them.  There is also an old 1800’s style farm to visit and a planetarium for the family to visit.  The LBL is also fairly close to Mammoth Cave National Park along with many other caves.

The Land Between the Lakes Recreational Area is well worth a visit.”

Cooking for the Outdoors 6:30pm

Tired of freeze dried food on the trail? Learn how to eat well in the outdoors using simple multi-use recipes. Stoves, cookware, spices, bear bags, and cold weather considerations will all be discussed. The class is $5 per person.

A sample meal will be cooked, and may include the following: Dairy, Peanut Butter, Wheat Products, Peppers.

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Date | Time: Thursday, February 23rd, 6:30pm
Location: Kingsdale Store
Phone: 614-457-3620
Cost: $5 per person

Basic Knot Tying 6:30pm

Join us for some introductory knots for varied applications, including hanging bear bags, mooring a kayak, or setting up a clothes line. We will not be covering climbing knots. We will have small sections of cordage to practice with in the shop, and a list of the knots will be provided. All you have to bring is an open mind and a bit of patience!

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Date | Time: Wednesday, February 15th, 6:30pm
Location: Kingsdale Store
Phone: 614-457-3620
Cost: Free

Intro to Backpacking 1:00pm

2017 has many adventures to offer, so it’s time to pull out the boots and dust off those maps! Feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to start? This event is perfect for you. Stop by and John T. will set you on the right path. Learn how to plan a trip, optimize gear purchases, bypass some beginner mistakes, and feel confident in planning and executing a memorable outdoor experience. All you have to bring is an open mind, but feel free to bring a notepad.

Due to potentially high volume attendance, outlines will be available electronically upon request in an effort to save paper. If you would like an outline emailed to you, please send John T. a message requesting a copy with your email address.

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Date | Time: Sunday, February 12th, 1:00pm
Location: Highbanks Metro Parks
Phone: 614-457-3620
Cost: Free

Intro to Backpacking 6:30pm

2017 has many adventures to offer, so it’s time to pull out the boots and dust off those maps! Feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to start? This event is perfect for you. Stop by and John T. will set you on the right path. Learn how to plan a trip, optimize gear purchases, bypass some beginner mistakes, and feel confident in planning and executing a memorable outdoor experience. All you have to bring is an open mind, but feel free to bring a notepad. An outline will be provided.

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Date | Time: Wednesday, February 8th, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: Kingsdale Store
Phone: 614-457-3620
Cost: Free

Cold Weather Backpacking and Camping 6:30pm

No mosquitoes, idyllic scenery, and serene solitude; these are just a few of the benefits of being outdoors in Winter! Learn how to best utilize the season with instructor John T. as he explains layering, cooking, and other Winter concerns. Preparation and wisdom can mean the difference between disaster and a favorite memory, so don’t miss out on this class!

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Date | Time: Thursday, November 17th, 6:30pm
Location: Kingsdale Store
Phone: 614-457-3620
Cost: Free

How to Prepare for Winter Hiking 1pm

Join the ODS staff at Highbanks Metro Park Nature Center to learn how to properly dress and prepare for winter hikes. Learn about baselayers, midlayers, shells, and other gear to get ready for the Metro Parks Winter Hike series and other winter excursions. Learn how to plan for and alter your approach to cold weather backpacking.

There will be an optional short hike following the class.

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Date | Time: Saturday, November 12th, 1:00pm
Location: Highbanks Metro Park
Phone: 614-457-3620
Cost: Free

Intro to Backpacking 6:30pm

It’s backpacking season, and that means it’s time to dust off the boots and pull out the maps. Feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to start? This event is perfect for you. Stop by and John T. will set you on the right path. Learn how to plan a trip, optimize gear purchases, bypass some beginner mistakes, and feel confident in planning and executing a memorable outdoor experience. All you have to bring is an open mind, but feel free to bring a notepad. An outline will be provided.

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Date | Time: Wednesday, November 9th, 6:30pm
Location: Kingsdale Store
Phone: 614-457-3620
Cost: Free

Snug as a bug in an MSR Hubba Hubba NX

11:30 pm, all is quiet except for the bugs and frogs.
11:35 pm, the wind is howling, lightning is on the horizon and thunder is shaking the trees.
11:40 pm, the rain is pounding down sideways and the next flash of lightning is interrupting the last rumble of thunder.
2:30 am, back to calm and the last of the water dripping from the trees.
Every time I have visited Florida with the intention of spending a few days outdoors it seems that Mother Nature wants to have fun with me. Five years ago she cut a planned 9 day kayak trip along The Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail in half with non-stop head winds and afternoon thunder storms. Last week I was back down there and so was she. The friends I was going camping with said that they hadn’t seen any rain in weeks until they were on the way to the airport to pick me up.
Fantastic.
My tent for this trip was my two year old MSR Hubba Hubba NX. This is the latest version of the now classic tent that Mountain Safety Research introduced 15 years ago. Double doors and vestibules, full coverage rainfly, vertical walls, and plenty of headroom. Comfy for two adults or a 3 and a half pound palace for solo adventures. It has accompanied me on many backpacking, kayaking, cycling, festival and car camping trips.
Once the storm passed, I flipped on my headlamp to survey the situation. A bit of condensation but no dripping or leaking from the rain. The fly, floor and seams all kept Mother Nature outside where she belongs. The next day’s weather was a repeat performance but earlier in the evening, just in time for dinner and continuing for 5 hours. On the final morning of our trip we woke up to bright blue skies and a nice breeze. I pulled all of my dry gear out of the tent and got it packed, moved the tent into the sun and gave the beads of water on the fly a quick wipe down with a bandanna. After eating breakfast, the fly was dry and I gave the body a shake out to get rid of the sand and pine needles it had accumulated. Another bad weather trip made fun by having quality, dependable gear.
The MSR Hubba Hubba NX
3 lb 7 oz Minimum Weight
29 sq. ft. Interion plus two 8.75 sq. ft. Vestibules
84″ long x 50″ wide x 39″ tall at peak.

$399.95 (2016 price)
storminahubba
Photo: Ryan freshly wide awake at 11:40 pm.