How do I assemble and install the X-Drive Pedal Kit?

How do I assemble and install the X-Drive Pedal Kit?

The Vibe X-Drive Pedal Kit allows fast, but smooth-and-easy pedal acceleration and stopping using XD fins. Quick-swap from your included standard flat-deck Base pod to a X-Drive pedal mounting pod to easily use the Vibe X-Drive pedal system.

The X-Drive Pod is included with the Vibe X-Drive Pedal Kit.


  • Remove system from kayak during transport.
  • Keep hands clear of kayak scupper area when deploying or swapping the pedal drive.
  • Be aware of your environment when operating the pedal drive.
  • Avoid collisions and impacts to the pedal system.
  • Raise unit when launching and coming ashore.
  • Ensure the pedal drive is fully secured and locked into mounting bracket before operating.
  • Always take a paddle and PFD on board with you.
  • Rinse the system with fresh water after use in brackish or salt water.

In addition to these selected warnings, please comply with the complete operating manual.


Swapping in the X-Drive kit is a matter of assembling the drive and installing the X-Drive pod. Both of which are simple and will only take you minutes.

The only tool you will need is an adjustable wrench.


  1. Unscrew the bolt on either side of the X-Drive unit

  2. Insert the bottom of the pedal shaft into the slot

  3. Re-insert the bolt through the X-Drive shaft, being incredibly careful to not overtighten

  4. Repeat for the other side

Replace the Shearwater Base Pod with the X-Drive Pod simply by turning the retention tabs and lifting the pod out, inserting the X-Drive pod and locking the tabs back in place.

  1. When in water 13” or deeper place the X-Drive into the pod, lining the pins on the drive up with the slots on the pod

  2. Clip the drive securely in place with the retention clips

  3. Adventure on

Switching the Shearwater to pedal mode opens a whole new world, being able to easily swap out the pods makes it a whole system kayak. Whether you choose to pedal, paddle, or power your next adventure, the Shearwater is ready to take you there.

Check out our instructional video below!

Vibe Kayaks Shearwater 125  Tutorial — How to Assemble & Install the X-Drive Foot Pedal System