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  • 83 S+S sticky steering- replace cable?

    I finally got the boat in the water last week, finding the steering awful. It is sticky and does not go as far left as right. I am guessing that I should just replace the cable. I don't want to wreck due to steering (un)responsiveness. I know you guys will give me the best advice.
    Bob

  • #2
    I have a 1984 S&S. There is a guide tube clamped in front of the rudder on the floor. The inside of the tube can rust and the cable shaft will rub and bind. Remove the tube clean it and repaint it inside and out with something like POR-15. That may be part or the entire problem. You can tell when you get it apart (4 bolts, easy).

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    • #3
      You probably do need to change the cable. When I replaced the one in my 83 back in 2002 the part # the MC dealer sold me was 11110A14. Hope this helps.

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      • #4
        Thank you for this info, Ted. I like to know the what first, then buy parts. Is this a project I can do in the water or do I need the boat on the trailer?
        Bob

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        • #5
          Hold off on replacing the cable until you use it a bit this season. Most likely, there is some lube build-up that's making it hard to steer. Whenever I pull mine out of the barn, it takes a day or two to get everything loose again.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by SSMoose View Post
            Thank you for this info, Ted. I like to know the what first, then buy parts. Is this a project I can do in the water or do I need the boat on the trailer?
            Well you can do it on the water but it would be a lot easier if you did it on the trailer. The bolt that goes into the rudder is not the easiest thing to get to.

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            • #7
              zirc fitting

              If you have over filled the zirc fitting at the top side of the rudder inside the boat, this too will give you tough steering conditions. If it is over filled.. undo it and release some of the pressure and your problem will possibly go away. Just an idea for you to consider.

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              • #8
                LGP that zerk should not have that ball bearing, the ball prevents grease escape - which will lock up the steering.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by SSMoose View Post
                  Thank you for this info, Ted. I like to know the what first, then buy parts. Is this a project I can do in the water or do I need the boat on the trailer?
                  Better to do on a lift or trailer - big trick is to use a rope so that you can pull the old one back out swap the rope to the new one and pull the new one back in.

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                  • #10
                    Many thanks to all who have replied! This gives me more faith that I can figure this out and fix it correctly. Now to get back to the old tug.
                    Bob

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                    • #11
                      Replaced my steering cable two years ago. Steering was stiff when I got the boat and if my steering ever begins to stiffen up again I will replace the cable again. Simple and inexpensive project. gotta love one finger steering on a 36 year old boat.
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                      • #12
                        Cable is $130 - no brainer.
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