Servicing a Hobie Mirage Drive
My Hobie Revolution 16 with Mirage Drive 180 gets regularly used for kayak fishing, and i often rely on the drive for long distance trips. As with any piece of equipment with lots of moving parts, it is key to keep on top of maintenance to ensure the drive is in top condition and to reduce the risk of failure whilst on the water. I service my drive every 6 months or so to keep everything running smoothly. Less regular users may not need to service a drive quite so often.
This is a slightly daunting task to some, so i have put together a video showing a step-by-step video guide on servicing and maintaining a Hobie Mirage Drive with in-depth discussion on dismantling, cleaning, re-lubricating and re-building a Mirage Drive. You can check out the video below.
The video shows a 2017 Mirage Drive 180 (V1) but the whole process is essentially the same for the Mirage Drive GT, which has a much simpler sprocket system, and the older Mirage Drive V2, which lacks the roller bearings in the drums/sprockets/idler pulley. 2018 Mirage Drive 180's (V2) also differ slightly in that they have the new Arc Pedal Cranks. The process for servicing is exactly the same.
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