2014 Flyboard Legend Servicing
Winter is a great time to give your Flyboard some TLC ready for the next fun packed summer season. Here at Aquatic Jetpacks we thought we’d run through some important Flyboard maintenance areas to make sure you’re getting the most out of your kit.
Over time bearings will lose their lubrication and start to rub causing them to shrink in size, allow more water to leak out of the joint, and potentially even seize up with sand or rust build up around them.
Taking apart a 2014 Zapata Racing Flyboard happens in 3 stages:
1. Remove Bindings
2. Release the 4 allen key screws securing the metalwork to the top of the board
3. Remove the C-clips within both swivel joints
A useful schematic diagram can be found below for both the ‘Y Connector’ and ‘Hose Bearing’ to give you a more detailed idea of how it all fits together. These images can also be found in the User Manual.
Once the C-clips have been removed from within the swivel joint, the nozzle is then able to be disconnected (Top Tip : watch out as at this point the ball bearing will potentially fly everywhere!).
As you can see in image A, the C-clip has deteriorated causing rust to build up on the interior of the nozzle and the bearing stop ring (please note we do operate our Flyboard equipment in salt water and wash thoroughly with fresh water after every use). After all the components have been taken out (see picture A) this is the perfect time to grab a wire brush and clear out all the old rust and grease. Image B show the difference 5mins of elbow grease can do!
Fresh bearings, c-clips and bearing stop rings can all be purchased through Aquatic Jetpacks so feel free to give us a call or send us an email.
At this point, if your external metalwork is looking a bit scuffed and scraped, grab yourself some good quality marine spray paint and give it a couple light layers – don’t forget to tape up the ends (including the area surrounding the bearings and hose seal) and any moving parts.
Now it’s time to grab the marine grade grease pot – we use BRP’s Triple-Guard Grease. A very healthy layer needs to be applied within the bearing grooves on the Y-connector and to the interior of the nozzle fixing. Take the time to look at the diagram for the Y-connector closely to see the order in which the components are placed (in other words don’t spend 30mins greasing the bearings in place to then realise you haven’t put the c-clip and bearing stop ring on first!). It should now look something like this picture, hopefully with even more grease surrounding the bearings to prolong their life. Remember to grease up both the stop ring and c-clip too as this will make it easier when you come to take them off next time.
Once you have all bearings, rings and clips in place, it’s now time to carefully re-attach the swivel nozzle to each end. Ensure every bearing is still in place before slotting the stop ring in place and securing the C-clip.
When both swivel nozzles have been re-secured to the Y-connector, the deck of the board is now ready to be re-attached. Be careful and make sure the deck facing the right way (the swivel nozzles are directed slightly backwards on the Flyboard Legend). Now it’s time to fit the binding and away you go!
Fitting new bearings on the hose swivel bracket
Aside from the obvious change in layout, the procedure for replacing the bearings is much the same – clean away old grease and rust; apply a good helping of fresh marine grease to contact areas; attach the new bearings (they will stick in the grease); and take care when re-connecting the components. A detailed diagram can be found either below or within the Flyboard (Legend) User Manual.
As always, our staff are more than happy to help with whatever we can, so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
See you on the water,
The Aquatic Jetpack team