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New BayStar steering
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posted 09-01-2002 11:21 PM ET (US)
I have had problems with my Teleflex NFB steering having excessive play (I could shake the motor where the shaft in the tilt tube would move a whole inch). Replaced it twice since the new Merc 90 4S was put on in 2000. Anyway, I just installed the new Teleflex BayStar, a new hydraulic steering system made for outboards 140hp or less. I am very impressed. Rock solid feel. Virtually no play. Super easy install. It is stiffer than the SeaStar system on my Grady, but is smooth with a 4.5 turn lock to lock. It does stick out a little further than the NFB. Will try adding a shallower dish wheel from an older Whaler.
posted 09-04-2002 03:05 PM ET (US)
How much for the conversion?
I have a montauk and I would like less
posted 09-04-2002 08:09 PM ET (US)
List on it is $649.99. I got it through West Marine Port Supply for $499.99. It will eliminate your excessive play. I also just installed a new switch for my Lenco trim tabs. Must nicer. The original ones were really cheesey and were replaced under warranty.
posted 02-04-2006 09:03 AM ET (US)
How difficult is this installation ? Thanks.
1999 Montauck - 90 Merc.
posted 02-07-2006 03:40 PM ET (US)
I installed the Baystar system on my 79 Montauk last year. The install was pretty straightforward but I did run into a few issues. The round helm cylinder did not cover the oval Big T helm bezel that was on my boat. I solved this with a piece of black Starboard. I used the old helm bezel as a template and it worked out fine. Although it does stick out further with my raised RPS it actually is more comfortable than the old helm. I had a little issue with the motor hitting the cylinder when the motor was fully tilted up. By making sure that the motor is all the way to port or starboard prior to full tilt and a minor adjustment of the cylinder solved that as well. Overall I love the system. Very solid and stable. Just point it and go.
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