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L A posted 08-08-2001 09:44 AM ET (US)   Profile for L A   Send Email to L A  
I'm rebuilding the cable and pulley steering on my 13 and was wondering about the attachment of springs and cables. My setup has eyebolts through the transom at the lifting handles that the tension springs are attached to. Is this original or do the springs attach at the engine bracket or maybe eyebolts on the inside of the towing eyes? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
gnrgunner posted 08-08-2001 10:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for gnrgunner  Send Email to gnrgunner     
I have a 1983 13' that had pully steering like yours. I think that was the last year they used the pullies and switched to Teleflex-type cable steering in '84. While on vacation, some of my pullies broke and the cable frayed almost causing me to have an accident with another boat. I got fed up with the pullies and bought Teleflex steering for about $150. I would highly suggest that you do the same if you are willing to spend the $$. It no doubt handles way better than the pullies. The pulley systems were taken off the market in the late 80's after safety concerns. If you want to keep the original equipment, I have my old system and would probably be able to help you out in finding parts. Good Luck.
Tom W Clark posted 08-08-2001 10:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
L A,

The original setup would have had small stainless steel pad eyes through bolted through the transom, in the corner with a pair of something like #8 or #10 machine screws and washer, lock washer and nut. Is this what you are referring to, or are you talking about the lifting eyes? Nut and lockwasher should be replaced with nylock locknut or equivalent.

The tension springs normally attached to the motor bracket, one on each side, but this is not absolutely necessary, just the most convenient and good looking.

L A posted 08-08-2001 02:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for L A  Send Email to L A     
Tom, the eyebolts where the cables mounted go right through where the handles are molded into the outside of the transom. The springs were mounted there when I got the boat, but I did see a picture once of a 13 with the springs on the motor bracket like you said. All the parts are still available, the springs, pulleys , and clamps are made by Perko, I got them from West Marine along with 1/4 inch tiller cable. So, you don't think it really matters where the springs go?
L A posted 08-08-2001 02:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for L A  Send Email to L A     
Tom, the padeyes are there for the pulleys, the eyebolts may have been added.
familyg21 posted 08-09-2001 02:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for familyg21  Send Email to familyg21     
hello la. i too swithched to the teleflex steering in the long run i thanked god for giving me the strength to do so the kit is not to expensive. i think it would be a wise move
god bless
Tom W Clark posted 08-10-2001 12:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
L A,

If the pad eyes (really just stainless steel eye straps) are there then use those and put the springs on the motor bracket, one on each side. The other end of the spring should have another pulley on it so the cable double backs on itself on both sides. The eye bolts are not original unless they are the towing/lifting eyes.

L A posted 08-10-2001 12:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for L A  Send Email to L A     
Tom, the pad eyes and pulleys are there, the eyebolts were added. If I put the springs on the motor bracket and then pulleys at the end of the springs, where do the cables anchor? In the current setup the springs are attached to the added eyebolts and the cables come through the springs and are fastened there with the clamps.

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