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HARD STEERING ON NEW 170
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posted 10-14-2004 08:46 AM ET (US)
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?
posted 10-14-2004 10:13 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 10-14-2004 04:20 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 10-14-2004 11:02 PM ET (US)
it has two washers and a nylox nut [upside down]
be advised with age it will get easier,,then with alot of age it gets tighter and tighter.
posted 10-15-2004 09:26 AM ET (US)
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 installed...it looks like a cool add-on that I will also pursue....thanks!
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