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Author Topic:   HARD STEERING ON NEW 170
bigjohn1 posted 10-14-2004 08:46 AM ET (US)   Profile for bigjohn1   Send Email to bigjohn1  
Any newer 170 owners experience steering resistance when the boat is underway? My new 170 seems fairly hard to turn the wheel when underway compared to other boats I have owned or driven. The first thing I checked for was a mis-alligned trim tab on the lower unit but it was straight and true. Is this just the way this steering system is or what? I assume it can be adjusted to ease the effort required to steer and turn the boat?
Big John
mikeyairtime posted 10-14-2004 10:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for mikeyairtime    
My trim tab is set 2 clicks over which makes my steering neutral at about 20 knots. Trim tab issues are east to diagnose. Turns easier one way than the other at speed. Even though the 170 has a no feedback helm I use the trim tab adjustment on mine to make the boat steer equally easy both ways at my cruise speed. Saves alot of fatigue on those long island runs.
pvonk posted 10-14-2004 04:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for pvonk  Send Email to pvonk     
I've got a 2-month old 170, and yes, the steering is a bit "tight", but not to the point that it's annoying. It's my first boat, so I can't compare feel with other boats. When riding, I don't have to fight the wheel. If doing a slight turn, I can take my hands off the wheel without affecting direction.


AQUANUT posted 10-14-2004 11:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for AQUANUT  Send Email to AQUANUT     
hey john,

a couple things for ya..I installed an edsen speed knob on the destroyer wheel..see pic..that really helped alot especially when steering standing up...this model is all stainless and has ball bearings.. about 85 bucks.

secondly is an "rigging issue"
attached to your "steering cable" [engine end] is a stainless "steering arm"on the port side of the boat, the steering arm is attached to the "steering cable" that is sticking out of the tilt tube.

it has two washers and a nylox nut [upside down]
the instruction is to tighten to about 15 ftlbs. then back off 1/4 turn.
if this is over tughtened it will be felt at helmn and impair easy steering.
also the other end of the "steering arm" there is a bolt with a spacer and nylox nut..if they are incorrectly will cause the same effect.
other than that only too sharp of a bend in the cable would be the only thing affecting a new boat.

be advised with age it will get easier,,then with alot of age it gets tighter and tighter.
good luck

bigjohn1 posted 10-15-2004 09:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     

Thanks for the tech tips on rigging...its really nice hearing first-hand experience from a rigger. I'll check those nuts and see if perhaps they're over-tightened. Yes, I caught your pic and I immediately noticed the speed (spinner) knob you looks like a cool add-on that I will also pursue....thanks!
Big John

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