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whalerron posted 10-02-2001 12:21 PM ET (US)   Profile for whalerron   Send Email to whalerron  
I have a 17' Whaler with a 1975 Johnson 70 and I am interested in upgrading the steering system to one of those that goes through the tilt-tube on the motor. The outboard is definitely setup to work with one of those steering systems where the cable goes through the tilt tube. But, my question is this. Is there enough room in the transom cutout on both sides of the outboard mounting bracket for the new cable system? It appears to me that there may be enough room on the port side for the cable end to go back and forth but I question whether or not there is enough room on the starboard side to feed the cable into the tilt tube. I noticed on the newer motors that the tilt tube is actually a little forward of the inside edge of the transom and this removes any clearance issues. With my motor, the tilttube is directly on top of the transom.

- ron

Bigshot posted 10-02-2001 02:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
just did one. If you had a 2002 70hp it would be the same. Problem is the cable is straight and the angle of approach is just that, angled. You can(I did) beat it in there but it is much easier to raise the engine(block and tackle, etc) than to try and squeeze. the previous owner already beat one in or out so I did not mind a few more scratches, otherwise I would have "done it right". If you can loosen the engine bolts a bit and allow the engine to "fall back" an inch, makes life much easier.
whalerron posted 10-04-2001 11:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
I figured the motor would have to come off but I wasn't sure. I also wasn't sure if one assembled, the flex part of the cable would bend enough to work with the tilt tube over the transom.

I guess this winter I will remove the cable/pulley system and replace it with something safer. I am a little worried about one of my 30 year old pulleys breaking.

- ron

Bigshot posted 10-04-2001 01:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Pulleys on a 17, WOW! Once it is assembled, you have plenty of room on both sides. Assuming your engine is centered:)
whalerron posted 10-05-2001 04:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
Yeah, it came from the factory with the cable and pulley system. It has never been a problem but I am sure the plastic in those pulleys has gotten brittle from all the time they spend in the sun. It's time to replace it with something new and I might even splurge and get an NFB system.

- ron

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