The Feelfree Lure Rudder Kit is a SmartTrack Rudder Kit designed for the Feelfree Lure 11.5 and 13.5 kayaks. It combines fixed foot pegs with movable rudder pedals to give you more control and better performance when paddling your kayak. The rudder housing has a pin that installs through a vertical hole on the stern of the kayak and secures with a split ring. This kit includes toe controls that install on your existing foot pedals, so you don't have to remove your rails. Rudder kit will NOT fit the Lure 10.
A must have on the lure 13.5, keeps the kayak tracking straight in chop and the toe controls are easy to use.
Although I have used rudders on other kayaks, this kit was not installer friendly, the peddle / toe control did not align with factory installed nuts nor mount correctly to the lure 11.5 properly. and the hardware sent for the rudder lift tie down were machine screws that you connot access the thread from the inside to install the nuts. Disappointed in the installation kit for the rudder and the price.
I passed on the rudder kit, when I purchased my Lure 11.5, because didn't think I would need it - foolishly thinking lakes were easier to paddle in than rivers or the ocean - PFFT! What a brain fart! I wasn't thinking of 10-20 mph sustained winds at the time. I finally had enough, when it took me a solid 20 minutes to across 1/4 mile stretch of water, because the wind was in my face and relentless. I bought the rudder kit and took it to the ACK store in Spring, where they installed it for me - great service and communication at that store - as always. I had it back in the water the next weekend, and of course, it was another windy weekend, but WOW, what a difference the rudder makes. It made it easier to hold my position while fishing, and it made it much easier to paddle and track against the wind. I won't buy another yak without one, and this Feelfree kit fits and works perfectly with your current body positioning, so there's no adaptation necessary. It just makes enjoying your day on the water easier.
Feel Free lure rudder is fairly easy to install yourself I had little to no problem following the video. I do not know how well it works yet as I have not had a chance to try it out. Although I will say that I preferred it when it was $199. Be very careful when you snip the excess stainless wire that you cut the excess part not the wire that goes to the quadrant but the wire that comes from the quadrant