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Old 06-28-2016, 07:53 PM   #1
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Default Tight steering - Friction adjustment?

I'm fairly new to boating, and bought our 17ft SR last summer (2015). I'm getting it all up to par and the steering is what's left to really enjoy it.

It takes me two hands and some muscle to turn whether at low speed or high speed, which leads me to believe it's adjusted tight, but I'm not sure if that's the brackets at the Outboard, or the bolt in a spring behind the steering under the dash... I'll play with it this week, but though I'd see what advice there may be.

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Old 06-28-2016, 10:09 PM   #2
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Is the guide tube greased. Disconnect the cable at the motor and see if the wheel is still tight.
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Is the guide tube greased. Disconnect the cable at the motor and see if the wheel is still tight.
It is greased. It actually feels like it's at the steering wheel. I'm hoping some adjustment under the dash might help, but I'll start with disconnecting at the motor to eliminate that first.
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Ok, it's come down to being the part that the steering wheel attaches to. Have everything including the rack disconnected from this part, and the steering wheel is still stiff.

I can't seem to find what I can buy to replace this setup, or what else would work....

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That's the rack and pinion steering, you have to buy the whole thing. You can also use a rotary system.
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Guess I was wrong you can buy it separately

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Thanks. I saw that one too, but mine is like the picture (which is hard to tell), where it has the shaft that goes through the dash, and also a "finger" that goes up above as another stabilize point or something... Having troubles figuring out if I need that, or can change it up to one similiar to what you linked.
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Yours looks like there was a nut that threaded on from the outside. This is an old teleflex design. I think you'll need to figure out how to install the one I posted. It should just be drilling the four holes for the bolts that screw into the flange.
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