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Topic: For those who have the Hobie MD 180 drive...  (Read 2499 times)

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HamachiJohn

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For the ocean, how often have u used the reverse mode? I am debating between purchasing a 2015 model or the 2017 model with the MD 180 Drive. Thanks

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When we all met at the bouy at an event, I used the reverse to stop from drifting into another kayak but other than that I havenít needed it
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Its nice if you drift over a fishy spot to be able to reverse right to it instead of a big turn. Also if you need to reverse to get out of a snag thatís helpful. Or if you want to back away from some wash rocks. So I guess I use it pretty often.
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love the 180. drift backwards with it all the time.


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The idea of the 180 drive  is awsome, but when Hobie figured out that they had a design flaw, and came out with the version II, they really screwed a few people with the first version.  Because Hobie didn't care about their customers, I gave the 180 away for a standard drive. At least now i can get some parts for it.
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gave the 180 away for a standard drive. At least now i can get some parts for it.
Love the Revo, NOT the company so much.

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I did exactly the same thing, except I traded mine. LOL
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The idea of the 180 drive  is awsome, but when Hobie figured out that they had a design flaw, and came out with the version II, they really screwed a few people with the first version.  Because Hobie didn't care about their customers, I gave the 180 away for a standard drive. At least now i can get some parts for it.
Love the Revo, NOT the company so much.

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What's wrong with the 1st version?

no recall ????!! :smt009


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The idea of the 180 drive  is awsome, but when Hobie figured out that they had a design flaw, and came out with the version II, they really screwed a few people with the first version.  Because Hobie didn't care about their customers, I gave the 180 away for a standard drive. At least now i can get some parts for it.
Love the Revo, NOT the company so much.

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What's wrong with the 1st version?

no recall ????!! :smt009
They are very fragile, breaks and snapping the one you pull. They explain why they had to do some upgrades. No recall.
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The idea of the 180 drive  is awsome, but when Hobie figured out that they had a design flaw, and came out with the version II, they really screwed a few people with the first version.  Because Hobie didn't care about their customers, I gave the 180 away for a standard drive. At least now i can get some parts for it.
Love the Revo, NOT the company so much.

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What's wrong with the 1st version?

no recall ????!! :smt009
They are very fragile, breaks and snapping the one you pull. They explain why they had to do some upgrades. No recall.
The first version has a flaw, if you bend the mast for the fins, you can not remove the fins. On the version I, they used a similar base as the standard drive. Unfortunately, to add turbo fins to the version I, you have to adapt to V-II. But Hobie won't have parts till they meet production demands ..... And no estimate of time for availability.
Of course, if you are dishonest, you can break them and hope that Hobie warrants it.

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You don't need it for the ocean but i do like it a lot for bass fishing. 
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I am very curious how it performs. Gonna demo the MD 180 this weekend at CCK Oakland. 

Maybe upgrade to the 180 Drive or time for a new 2018 Revo 13, never hurts to dream and wish.  :smt002
« Last Edit: September 28, 2017, 08:34:35 AM by FishingAddict »
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The MD180 is a fantastic drive.  The reverse feature is something I thought I'd never have a use for but now I find myself using it constantly whether on the salt or in fresh water.  I have two of the MD180 drives (one in a PA14 and one in an Outback).  Both of them have well over 200 miles logged on them in the last 6 months with absolutely zero issues out of either and they are both Version 1 drives. 

My new 2018 PA14 will be here in about a week.  It will have the Version II drive and from what I've seen there is no change in the way the tendons are attached to the shifting levers.  They are still molded plastic threads and tendons.  The Version II has fins that are pinned to the sprocket like the older style drives which will make them easier to change out in the event that they get bent.  The Version II also has the ARC pedal arms that have the length adjustment at the top of them via a push button.  The pedal arms are also now oval in shape instead of being made out of square stock.  Those are the only changes that I'm aware of so far.


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Interesting thread. Any thoughts on using the 180 drive on an AI/TI? Seems like it might be subject to additional stress when sailing...
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The pedal arms are also now oval in shape instead of being made out of square stock. ...

Just curious if those oval crank arms are solid or hollow.
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