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DIRTBIKERICK posted 01-01-2006 03:54 PM ET (US)   Profile for DIRTBIKERICK   Send Email to DIRTBIKERICK  
Does anybody have an easy way (other than raising the center console) to bring the steering wheel height up a little to avoid body fatige?. thanks, rick.
where2 posted 01-01-2006 11:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Look for a tilt steering helm system, they generally raise the wheel a few more inches off the dash, and when you tilt the wheel more vertically it raises the top of the wheel more into reach.

First determine how much additional height you will need to avoid the fatigue.

bigjohn1 posted 01-02-2006 07:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
Rick - hopefully Mickeyairtime will chime in here as I think he just did this to his 170. Judging from the pics he posted, it looked like a very clean install as well. I think he got a 4" lift.
mikeyairtime posted 01-02-2006 01:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for mikeyairtime    
I'm 6'4" so I feel your pain. I've done 3 things to raise my helm. First I switched to a Teleflex 20 degree bezel for the helm. It leans the helm back 20 degrees raising the top of the wheel nearly two inches while making more room for your thighs. It can be had from Boaters World for $22.99 Stock# 35-850-0080. I then switched the stock 15" 22 degree dish steering wheel for a bigger 18" 10 degree dish steering wheel. It is a flatter wheel, so it raises the helm 1.5" and gives even a little more thigh room. It can be had from Boaters World for $79.99 Stock#35-679-0642. The last thing I did was a 4" console lift by making a spacer that slips under the console and picks up the stock mounting locations. My trusty skiff still fits in the garage and I can stand straight up with my elbow slightly bent while on the helm.
DIRTBIKERICK posted 01-02-2006 03:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for DIRTBIKERICK  Send Email to DIRTBIKERICK     
Wow, thanks for the home work!, i'll try those first two in steps then go from there, thanks, rick

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