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SuburbanBoy posted 07-01-2001 10:19 PM ET (US)   Profile for SuburbanBoy   Send Email to SuburbanBoy  
I am going to replace my Teleflex Big-T, three (3) turns lock to lock steering system with one of the NFB systems. Should I purchase a Teleflex NFB system with three turns lock to lock, or should I purchase the 4.2 turns lock to lock system? I have a 15' with a 70hp.

I have a side console model, (Striper), what length should the cable be? I have a feeling that it should be the same as the original length.

What about the wheel angle? Any thoughts on this option? In researching previous posts, some have recommended a 20 degree tilt adapter.

Thanks for all comments.


Bigshot posted 07-02-2001 11:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Depends on how many turns you like to make? Cable needs to be factory lenght. Will say on cable. If you want the wheel towards or away fromn you more, get the adapter.
SuburbanBoy posted 07-02-2001 02:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for SuburbanBoy  Send Email to SuburbanBoy     
I spoke with a Teleflex tech-rep. His suggestion was to stick with the original (considered to be heavy duty) or to consider the hydraulic system. This topic was discussed previously, but I mistakenly assumed you were required to run some sort of powered pump (engine or electric). But as he explained, I was wrong. The system requires no power at all. It is self contained and sealed. The helm unit has a built-in pump. He said it is very smooth, and once experienced, will be hard to return to a cable system. The least expensive Teleflex hydraulic system I could locate was about $685 from Any one have any additional comments? Thanks


Bigshot posted 07-02-2001 03:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Hydraulic in a 15? hahahah! Not necessary until you are in v-6 or twin applications. Replace the original and if you want get the new helm. Hydraulic is a waste of $$.
lhg posted 07-02-2001 04:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Get the 4.2 turns model, period. There is prior discussion on this, way back in the Forum.
Eric S posted 07-07-2001 01:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric S  Send Email to Eric S     
I have same boat. NFB 4.2 works great. I got the shortest cable available, 9 ft. I think.
SuburbanBoy posted 07-07-2001 02:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for SuburbanBoy  Send Email to SuburbanBoy     
The saga continues...
Ordered the 4.2 assembly from Cabela's. The same length as original (11'). It arrives quickly. So far so good. I take it out of the box and guess what! It's used! It has been installed and rejected by a previous customer. I have not called yet for an exchange. But I noticed that it is much different than the original. It will need a 20 degree bezel, (on hold now at West Marine) and will require some sort of wooden adapter plate, as it is slightly smaller in diameter. This smaller bezel will leave the old mounting holes exposed. This little adapter project will allow Cabela's time to replace my used unit. Note that the previous person had even cut out the hole pattern (with a dull instrument) and then taped it back together. I also noticed it did not have a gasket. Perhaps this was a Whaler only issue.

Why not install it anyway? I suffered a steering failure on a hydro I was piloting when I was 16. I was going about 40+ mph on the Little Calumet river. It got ugly, but luckly no one suffered major injuries. There is nowhere to go on a small river. I am now most sensitive to steering issues.


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