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Jim Bennett posted 07-11-2002 08:00 AM ET (US)   Profile for Jim Bennett   Send Email to Jim Bennett  
Have recently installed new helm in reassembly of my 72 OR 21. All bolts were torqued to within specs. No cable attached yet. Wheel seems tight when turning, more than I expected. First time have felt a No Feedback Dystem. Is this tightness normal and should I just go ahead with rest of installation. Thanks
where2 posted 07-11-2002 12:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Although I haven't felt one either, I would suspect an additional tightness in a NFB setup due to the additional gears you are turning to get NFB. If you wanted it to steer like hydraulic, then you gotta pay for hydraulic. Personally, I'm waiting for the Baystar prices to drop...
acseatsri posted 07-11-2002 01:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
Or watch ebay. Just do a search for "hydraulic steering". How I got mine for $350.
blackdog posted 07-11-2002 03:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
My steering is tight also. I was told it's normal. The helm will stay wherever you leave it at any speed, just about.
Chesapeake posted 07-11-2002 04:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
Jim: Compared to your previous steering. I put NFB unit in last year and it was so much tighter that I swore I must have had a defective unit. Once you get it on the water, you will appreciate the system. It will also loosen slightly over time.

Bob

Jim Bennett posted 07-11-2002 11:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jim Bennett  Send Email to Jim Bennett     
Thanks all for the replies. I called Teleflex Mechanical Systems today. Technician told me the tightness was normal due to clutch mechanism which gives the no feedback.
RWM posted 07-12-2002 10:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for RWM  Send Email to RWM     
I installed no feedback steering last year and was surprised by how tight it was. The good news is it loosens up quite a bit after a while and it doesn't move when you let go. I'm used to it now and wouldn't go back...Bob M.

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