Originally Posted by nugent
Weird one 21 hr old optimax leg never been off to my knowledge,
Selector with out cables connected stiff as hell and will not go into reverse,,
Is it simply corroded in the leg? My thinking as it has been stood up on a farm for an age,,,
Thinking with me forcing the linkage I am simple flexing the linkage rod rod and its stuck lower down in the leg,,,
Tought I would ask before removing the leg in case it's. a common fix. That I an not see any place
I have just had a similar experience, our suzuki df140 is a 2002 even though it has only covered 350 hrs.
Ours was tight, I thought it was either the cables or the speed controller, spooky tonight I have just put it all back together.
I had the controller apart and re greased, I have had both cables with a hose over the outer cable filling them with engine oil every couple of days.
It turned out to be very similar to what you have experienced, I ended up last night removing the linkage in the engine and used a 19mm deep socket fitted over the lever and with an extension and some engine oil applied I started to move it backwards and forwards. It is now much better but could be smoother.
I believe it is the top shaft that goes down through the frame to the lower selectors shaft in the gearbox.
Going to drop the gearbox to ensure that that is the case.
The boat spent some time on a mooring early in its life and I think this caused some of the problem.
Hopefully with use and some more engine oil it will free up, fingers crossed, worth you doing the same, best of luck