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DaveS posted 02-26-2002 03:53 PM ET (US)   Profile for DaveS   Send Email to DaveS  
I'm going to be pulling my side console out of my 1989 whaler newport and replace it with a montauk center console. I've never done this before but I'm hoping it's going to be pretty cut and dry. What things should I expect? I'm going to be keeping the controls so basically I'll be pulling the parts off one console and putting them on the new one. I have a 1992 90 hp Evinrude. My main concern will be re-routing the steering cable. Right now it's in the side storage area but I'm going to be placing it in the tunnel. Is there anything I need to be aware of before I start? I'll be placing the order for the replacement console tomorrow so I have lots of time for planning.

Is this a job I could do myself or should I just have someone do it for me?



Chesapeake posted 02-26-2002 06:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     

Putting in the new console is not difficult. Please just make certain that you have the appropriate wood backing diagram from whaler so that you anchor the new console into something more than fiberglass. Backfill any holes left from previous screws asap - even if it is a short term fix until you can patch the gelcoat.

The rerouting of the cable is fairly easy. What I cannot tell you is whether the cable length from the Standard is the same as for the Montauk. I replaced mine last year. If I remember rightly, the OEM cable for the Montauk is 18 foot. It is sized for optimal size radius bends in the cable. Check cable length first.

Are you getting the fully outfitted console? If so, it comes with switches, windshield, rails and a new Teleflex NFB steering system (but no cable I believe). Even if your cable is the correct length, you will need to check compatibility of the fittings. When I changed helm units, my old cable did not work.

Last, Teleflex warns that you attach the steering cable to the correct port. I do not know what happens if you do not, but...

Hope this is somewhat helpful. Good luck with the project. When you are done, you will be able to instruct everyone who has been considering buying the Alert and outfitting it as a Montauk.



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