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LarrySherman posted 06-19-2001 11:27 PM ET (US)   Profile for LarrySherman   Send Email to LarrySherman  
I was rewiring my boat last weekend (still not in the water. soon. soon.) and noticed that the steering system is in sad shape. Couple of questions:

The system has a splashwell mounted cyclinder, clamped to a bracket that piviots on a bolt through the transom. When I turn the wheel lock to lock, the motor turns almost twice as much to starboard as it does to port. I can not see signs of clamp slipage at the cyclinder and the piston does go through its whole range of motion.

Also, when turning the wheel lock to lock, there seems to be some binding as the motor moves through the center of the arc. I dont know if this is by design or not, but I suspect the latter.

What I would like to do is rebuild the system, but I am not sure what model it is. The boat is a 1981 25 Outrage with a 1985 Johnson 235. I am open to buying a new system, but I would like to be able to reuse it if I repower.

Thanks Larry

lhg posted 06-20-2001 07:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Larry - Assuming your existing system is Teleflex, I'd get rid of that outdated splashwell cylinder. They are rarely used anymore. Get the new Front Mount cylinder, which attaches in the engine tilt tube. I think they're about $350. You may still be able to use your existing helm pump and hoses.
LarrySherman posted 06-21-2001 09:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     
Thanks Larry. I guess I have to bite the bullet on this one. I have to tell you, I must have had on rose colored glasses when I bought this boat, I have replaced almost everything. Truly a hole in the water into which my money and time flows. Even more strange is that I love every second of it. No regrets. Now if I can just get her wet...

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