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Proper Degree OF Depth Angle Of Steering Wheel?
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posted 06-02-2001 03:57 AM ET (US)
Does any one know the proper degree of angle for the stainless steel steering wheels that go on a `17 Sport. I like the originality of my plastic one and will keep it, but love the stainless steel wheels with the ruber coating. I would like to put one on my 73` `16 Currituck and I have noticed everything from 10 degree to 27 degree. Also which inch diameter wheel size to use 13-14-15-16 etc? I think I can use a 5 or 6 spoke wheel, anyone know the original spoke? Thanks-Jack Graner.
posted 06-02-2001 01:35 PM ET (US)
Jack - on the Classic Whalers, BW always used a 16" diameter, 6 spoke SS Destroyer Wheel, with about a 25 degree dish. I have noticed that on the newer boats they are now using a 5 spoke wheel, probably by a different vendor.
The 6 spoke wheels are getting hard to find in the catalogs. I don't know who the original supplier was.
posted 06-02-2001 03:10 PM ET (US)
Larry, thanks alot and I think Defender magazine sells them? I have so many magazines and they sell the most odd stuff! Regards-Jack Graner.
posted 06-05-2001 09:21 AM ET (US)
Jack, When I upgraded my ' 67 Currituck a few years ago to Teleflex NFB steering, I got a nice SS "destroyer" type spoked wheel that went well w/ the newly refinished console. Teleflex only had two angles of binnacle-the flat which was ok for center consoles, and a slightly angled one which I got. It's a shallower angle than the original, making it a bit harder to steer while standing, but looks great. I got it from Overton's. I'm pretty sure they still have it. By the way, my baby is almost ready w/ its new gelcoat. Can't wait to see it after two months!! I'll post some pics of the process. John B.
posted 06-05-2001 12:12 PM ET (US)
I just installed NFB Teleflex steering on my 13. The angle of the Teleflex bezel was 20 degrees, more shallow than the original chromed bezel. I would have liked to use the original chrome bezel, but it won't fit over the Teleflex helm mounting bracket. Either I use the plastic bezel :( , or I will have to custom make a helm bracket that will fit the angle and diameter aperature of the chrome original. Anyone encounter this and find a solution?
posted 06-05-2001 01:22 PM ET (US)
I think Jack was asking about the "deep dish" angle of the wheel spokes, not mounting bezel angle, which is the standard 20 degrees.
posted 06-05-2001 05:55 PM ET (US)
I saw that one in Overton`s and it looks nice! Larry, you are right about the spoke angle. My original plastic one stits up pretty highfrom center. 25 degrees would probably be about right. Does anyone know how to measure degree of angle on this here situation? Regards-Jack Graner. John did you get the plain stainless wheel or the rubber coated one? Carl, I can`t wait to see you`re Currituck, I just love these boats so much! Regards-Jack Graner.
posted 06-05-2001 11:40 PM ET (US)
Jack, I got the all stainless wheel in 1997. I don't think they offered the rubber coated one then. I'd say either one would look great! I remember after seeing Carl's comments about the original chrome bezel. We didn't come up w/ a way to use that over the fatter Teleflex helm. The black plastic looks OK against the mahogany though. Of course I saved all the old parts like a good boy! John B.
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