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150 MONTAUK: Changing Steering Wheel
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posted 04-11-2006 01:01 PM ET (US)
I'm playing with the idea of switching out my current stainless steel steering wheel on my new 150 Montauk with the urethane grip steering wheel shown on the new 160 Dauntless. I prefer the look of the Dauntless wheel over the Sport.
I don't know if this can be done or if it can what the cost will be but I keep thinking how cold that stainless wheel will be on those cold November mornings when I've got icicles hanging from my nose, beard, rod guides, etc...
It also seems like the urethane would do better on those hot summer days as well. I realize gloves are an option but I'd prefer to go without. And it seems to me any kind of steering wheel wrap is going to eventually come undone.
Any input would be very much appreciated.
posted 04-11-2006 01:09 PM ET (US)
That factory wrap will come undone as well. You can buy them on e-bay for about $40. Look under destroyer wheel.
posted 04-11-2006 01:40 PM ET (US)
[Unrecognized acronym] Judge - I'll take a look.
posted 04-11-2006 04:51 PM ET (US)
There are several wheels available on-line: wraped, stainless, wood, and foam covered. The key is to look for your choice of wheel on-line through the manufacturers and outlets. Yes, even the dreaded WEST Marine and Boater's World. That is where you will find the most concise discriptions. Once you find what you like the best, you can physicaly try it out for size and feel at WEST Marine or Boater's World. Then [participate in an on-line auction at] eBAY to purchase [a steering wheel] at greatly reduced prices. This should be done with anything [WEST Marine or Boater's World] sells.
posted 04-11-2006 05:03 PM ET (US)
As for the actual process, it's quite easy. Remove the center cap, remove the nut, pull. Slide the new wheel on, tighten the nut (be careful not to overtighten and not to lose the pin), and replace the center cap. If it takes you more than ten minutes, you're probably doing something wrong.
posted 04-11-2006 05:15 PM ET (US)
Sometimes you will need a wheel puller if has been on there a long time.
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posted 04-11-2006 05:57 PM ET (US)
I use gloves.
posted 04-11-2006 08:21 PM ET (US)
If you decide to install a different wheel, I would be willing to buy the stainless one from you. It should fit perfectly on my 150 Sport. Is the wheel on the 150 Sport or 150 Montauk the same size as the wheel on the 170 Montauk? My dealer said no, and that I wouldn't be able to buy a wheel from a 170 and put it on my 150. Is this true, or were they just too lazy to get me one?
posted 04-12-2006 05:01 AM ET (US)
Boatman- Sorta depends if they are both dished. If the 17 has a flat wheel (no dish) it probably would not work. Remember too, that a 13" wheel is only 1" smaller than a 15" when you measure hub to rim. Judge accordingly for interference. And yes, too lazy to get up.
posted 04-12-2006 08:41 AM ET (US)
It the steering wheel is fastened to the helm using the standard tapered and keyed shaft, you can see the process of removing it demonstrated in an article I wrote in the Reference section:
posted 04-12-2006 09:11 PM ET (US)
Thanks Jeff...I didn't realize the possible difference between the two...I'll be sure to do my homework on that.
posted 04-13-2006 10:02 AM ET (US)
For what it's worth, www.defender.com has a Schmitt 15", 25 deg. dish, SS 6 spoke wheel with black foam rim for $55.
Might be a little more economical than buying direct from BW.
posted 04-16-2006 07:03 PM ET (US)
Thanks Speedo, I came across that wheel in one of my searches. I've decided to wait until I get my boat off the dealers lot before I change the steering wheel.
As has been pointed out it sounds like an easy switch over and this way I'll have time to feel her out. Hopefully I'll pick up my boat this next Thursday. And HOPEFULLY Spring will finally have arrived here in the Sierra Nevada so I can try her out!!!
posted 04-22-2006 07:17 PM ET (US)
Just changed out the black plastic wheel on my 150 Sport for a Schmitt SS. Looks great and the installation was a cinch.
After removing three screws behind the plastic centerpiece, the center nut was exposed. Not on extremely tight, came right off. A pull on the wheel did not remove it, so banged it from behind with both hands and it came flying off. The key stayed in position. Just placed the slot in the new wheel in alignment with the key, and pressed it on. Replacing the nut and tightening it completed the installation.
Total time: less than 5 minutes.
Recomendation: coat shaft with anti-seize compound to make any future removal just as easy.
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