I bought this as a direct replacement for the factory installed badly
corroded left rudder for my QCC 700. The service from ACK was
great! Installation was easy, taking no more than 15 min. I took
much longer finding a 1/16" ferrule to splice the end of the line
than doing the installation. Unfortunately, as simple as the
installation was, I made a serious mistake and failed to insure the
foot pedals were in the neutral position before installation. I ended
up with hard left rudder in the neutral position. The cable was cut
too short and needed to be replaced with the right cable, an
aggravation but not a difficult problem. I'm now purchasing a spare
parts kit for when I need the right rudder. Installation was easy and
the rudder works great, but I would dearly have appreciated a
manual to include a heads up on positioning the foot pedals.
Otherwise, this would be a 5 star review.
The foot controls work very well, but are VERY prone to cross
threading during installation. It took me several attempts on each
mounting screw (4 in total) to avoid cross-threading. What should
have taken 5 minutes took 30, and a lot of frustration. If not for the
cross threading problem, I would rate these a 5 because they work
This is the second pair I have installed to replace the factory peddles on
2 kayaks. These are the best I have found. They allow you to have a
solid peddle to brace with along with your peddle.
This is my second set of these pedals. After installing them on
my kayak, I liked them so much that I bought another set to put
on my wife's boat. I had a problem with one of my toe pedals
where a plastic cable guide cracked, allowing the cable to escape
disabling he rudder. Austin Kayak contacted the manufacturer on
my behalf, and the manufacturer immediately sent me two
replacement pedals at no charge. That is respectable customer
service from all concerned!
These pedals work very well, but don't think for a minute that you're going to just unscrew the old
pedal tracks and install the SmartTracks in a half hour or so. You WILL need an assistant, unless
each of your arms is about four feet long. If your boat has non-standard pedal mount spacing (my
Necky Tesla was about 18" instead of the normal 14.5") you will have to drill new holes in your hull,
and figure out how to plug the old ones. The Tesla has recessed deck fittings, which make bulges
inside the cockpit that would have interfered with the toe pedals had I not mounted the new rack two
inches lower than the original. The toe pedals pull less cable than the Necky rudder pedals, and thus
wouldn't move the rudder through its full travel until I drilled new holes in the original Necky rudder
bell crank that were closer to the pivot point. How to position the loops where the cables attach to
the rudder bell crank was a complete mystery. Hint: put the rudder all the way to the right against
the stop while you pull the LEFT cable tight to make your loop. Then reverse the process for the
RIGHT cable. When you order the SmartTrack kit, be sure also to order some of the little copper
cable swage thingies. I went to all nine of the hardware stores where I live in Central Mexico, and
nobody here even knew what I was talking about. "Combinar dos cables juntos? ¿Por qué?" I ended
up with an ugly albeit temporary kluge while I wait for my swages to arrive. A side benefit of my
rudder bell crank modification is that with less mechanical advantage the rudder pedals are stiff
enough that I can use them as trim tabs -- set a slight turn and leave it to compensate for a light
current or cross-wind. So, am I happy with my SmartTrack foot controls? Well, during the
installation there were times I questioned my sanity, but now that they are in... I LOVE them.
after buying the vertical adj kit I had no problem
fitting it to my hurricane phoenix 160. tried it a
few times and it works great! If you think about
mounting it on a s.o.t dont forget to add the kit
to your order as I did...
Looks and feels good quality,
made a mistake and didn't buy
the vertical adjustment plate so
it doesn't fit my s.o.t hurrican
Phoenix 160. Have to order it
and try to fit it again
I bought these for a Tarpon 160.
They will not fit so I wasted a
lot of money.
These are really designed for sit-inside kayaks but can be easily adapted for use on a sit-on-top with the use of the vertical adjustment kit and utilizing the existing foot rail in the kayak as a spacer.
I installed them in my custom
I had to come up with a mount
for them, but out side of that
I could not ask for a better
system. I am very pleased.
I would give this system 5 stars, however,
were absolutely no instructions and the
wasnt much help either. On a positive note,
very impressed with this product it performs
Works well allows you to brace
without placing strain on the
I installed these on an old
Arcadia Perception as there is
no factory rudder kit I
handmade the rudder and
fittings from ideas seen on
The only thing I could not
make were the foot controls.
Removed existing controls
fitted twit 3 screws 6.5 in
apart, drilled and tapped the
new foot controls to use
existing holes. All went
together no problems.
Sea Trialled Kayak yesterday
at Port Broughton South
Australia, worked as expected,
easy to adjust, easy control