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Eric Hinz posted 10-26-2001 02:04 PM ET (US)   Profile for Eric Hinz   Send Email to Eric Hinz  
My 1961 13-footer has a non-original steering system which has been installed around pieces of what appears to be the original steering system. It prevents the motor from being tilted out of the water.

I'd like to replace the entire steering system with something newer (which allows the motor to tilt!). I would be interested in hearing the pros and cons of different systems (original, Teleflex or otherwise). Anyone have recent experiences?

CarlRobert posted 10-26-2001 02:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for CarlRobert    
Eric,

I have a 1962 13' Sport. When I first got it, it had the rope/pulley steering. When I installed a new 40 hp motor, I replaced the rope/pully with NFB Teleflex.

The installation was easier than I thought. The steering is very smooth and I have experienced no problems with it. In my opinion, the Teleflex makes for a cleaner installation than the rope/pulley. I seem to have a little more room in the transom well.

I should add that I put vertical extensions on the transom to accommodate a 20" shaft motor, and installing the Teleflex cable at the engine was a snap. Others who have switched to Teleflex installed on 15" shaft motors had to install a clamp block onto the transom to accommodate the push rod. The clamp block adds about $80 to the installation and is available at West Marine.

Carl R

Eric Hinz posted 10-27-2001 11:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric Hinz  Send Email to Eric Hinz     
Carl R,

>>Others who have switched to Teleflex installed on 15" shaft motors had to install a clamp block onto the transom to accommodate the push rod. The clamp block adds about $80 to the installation and is available at West Marine.<<

What was the total cost of the Teleflex system (without the clamp block)?

CarlRobert posted 10-28-2001 10:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for CarlRobert    
NFB Teleflex from my local marine store was approximately $190 with a 10' cable. The 10' cable was a little too long for my set-up (and I believe the console on my 13' was still in the same location as new...).

The store graciously substituted the 10' cable for a 9' cable, which fit perfectly!

I don't believe the kits come with a 9' cable (seem to start with 10' min.). Measure carefully, each console placement seems to somewhat different.

Steering wheel, not included, was about $50.

Oh yeah, the stock kit comes with a 90 degree bezel. I had to buy a 20 degree bezel kit to get the "tilt" on the steering wheel-another $20.

Cabelas, BassPro Shops, and West Marine seem to have competetively priced kits.

Carl R

Eric Hinz posted 10-28-2001 06:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric Hinz  Send Email to Eric Hinz     
Thanks!!

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