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TC posted 07-10-2001 11:09 PM ET (US)   Profile for TC   Send Email to TC  
Hi everybody. I finally fixed the bad bearing on my 89 montauk last week and took my boys and my buddy who helped me with the bearing out afterwards and as soon as I got up on plane I realized that we were still turning towards shore when I straightened the wheel. My helm stripped out. We got back to the dock with me shoving the motor while my buddy throttled at the console. I was wondering if you guys know where would be the best place to get a new helm and cable. It's probably the original one and I think it's probably smart to replace the whole works. Also, when I re-rigged the boat when I bought it (kept my motor in the transaction)the cable seemed a tad too short. Anyone know the original cable length and can you buy them in 1 foot increments? Thanks in advance.
jimh posted 07-11-2001 09:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
TeleFlex makes several style of cable steering controls. You may not find the exact replacement, as they keep making "improved" models, but you will certainly be able to find one that will be easily fitted into the existing space.

The cables are ordered pre-cut to length. Your old cables will be a guide for the length needed.

The Teleflex line is sold by all the mail-order catalogues and a good stock is on-hand at most marine stores.

Bigshot posted 07-11-2001 11:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Just did my 89. 18' get the whole system, not much more than just the helm. Might have to unbolt engine to get cable in or out. If it comes out, no need to unbolt.

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