Tiller extension universal joint

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My 14.2 mod 3 comes, as most do, with a tiller extension with no labels other than "Tacki-mac" on the end of the rubber handle grip (Note: strangely enough, Googling this grip, I get hits associated with golf grips and hockey!).

My question has to do with the u-joint which is two stainless steel yokes held together with a large-cap phillips head screw that seems to be welded in place. It has metal-to-metal contact, with no washers. The joint it seems loose enough, but doesn't swivel as freely as I expect it should. Do your tiller extensions feel a bit sloppy (very loose u-joint), or do they catch in certain parts of the rotation, and/or do they feel free to rotate through all angles?

Do you lubricate the u-joint? I'm thinking of cleaning it with WD-40, then using Boeshield T-9 (just great stuff).
 
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Thanks fan! I've seen that u-joint listed in several places online -- I've yet to see a good closeup of it, so it still is a bit of a mystery as to how it attaches and looks. But, it sounds like you like the way it feels and handles. I used a metal one similar to mine on a Holder 14 during sailing lessons last Summer and didn't like it much.

(note: you may recall that I'm a newbie to sailing; just bought my Capri less than a month ago; and have yet to sail it anywhere except in my parking lot!).
 
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I had a metal universal and it would jam and bind at the worse times. Not a problem with the "rubber" ones. The tiller side has a base that is attached with screws. The extension end inserts into the tiller extension tube and is held in place with a rivet or small screw with a small piece of heat shrink to finish it off.
 
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How do you slide the tiller through the fitting at the top of the rudder when that rubber universal base is attached to the tiller?- it block the tiller from sliding through the rudder.
 
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