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cinco de whaler posted 05-01-2002 07:39 AM ET (US)   Profile for cinco de whaler   Send Email to cinco de whaler  
I've just added a manual jack plate to my 22' Outrage and I'm having problems rigging the old hydraullic type steering. The hydraullic steering arm was previously mounted on the starboard side of the transom and attached to the steering arm of the motor. Now that the motor is six inches further back, I had an extention arm made and bolted it to the arm on the motor. That part worked fine but now I've lost some of my turning radius in both directions and don't understand exactly why or what I can do about it, without replacing the entire steering system. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
lhg posted 05-01-2002 06:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
If you have the old style transom mount, which connects the hydraulic cylinder to the boat hull, you probably can't use it at all, and will have to buy a new front mount cylinder, about $350. Almost all hydraulic systems, for the last 15 years, mount directly to the engine tilt tube. Even with the new systems, check for adequate tilt-up clearance with a bracket. You may have to use a side mount cylinder, which goes directly into the tilt tube like a mechanical system works.

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