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Old 28 April 2012, 15:13   #1
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Cable steering or hydraulic

I have a 90hp 2 stroke yamaha and the cable steering is getting stiff. I have tried removing it to clean which has improved it a bit, but there is insufficient room to pull it right out to give a thorough clean. It looks like the outboard will need lifting off to do a proper job. I have disconnected the cable from engine and the engine moves freely, so I am happy that it's the cable that needs the attention.
I am considering changing the steering to hydraulic and have read differing reviews. I'd be grateful for some views?

Just in case I stick with the engine lift and a full service of the cable can anyone recommend someone in Poole area that can come to do the job at my home?
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Old 28 April 2012, 16:17   #2
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I had cable steering on a 5.4m searider and when the cable had passed its best I fitted baystar hydraulic steering which was very easy to fit. I know some people might say it is overkill for that size of boat but it made my time using the boat so much more pleasurable and pleasant to drive. I can't recommend it highly enough and would never have cables on anything again.
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Old 28 April 2012, 16:30   #3
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Try running a 16mm extended drill through the steering tube that'll remove any corrosion within it. If you cannot remove it fully do the best you can and see how it improves.
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Another tip if you can't get a 16mm bit is some emery paper on a bit of 8 or 10mm rod. Works wonders.
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I had cable steering on my 90hp on the 5.4. It was OK but a little heavy at times.

If budget allows then for that size I think hydraulic is worth it.

You'll probably end up spending 300 on a new cable and head unit in any case.
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I had cable steering on my 90hp on the 5.4. It was OK but a little heavy at times.

If budget allows then for that size I think hydraulic is worth it.

You'll probably end up spending 300 on a new cable and head unit in any case.
I'd agree on going "hydro" if the budget allows but it won't cost 300 for standard. Even the higher rated "safe T" or "no feedback" kit with wheel etc, rated up to 250hp will only cost 185 delivered (based on 13ft cable, others up to 18ft cost 195)

You could buy the cheaper kit for 110 but you'll be in the same boat in 2 years, pardon the pun!

Here's the SafeT kit

Boat Steering System - Teleflex No Feed Back 13 Feet

http://bit.ly/J1CMzv

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