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Old 07 June 2010, 05:30   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: knebworth
Boat name: phoenix
Make: xs
Length: 6m +
Engine: 115 opti
Join Date: Jun 2005
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Merc Optimax 115 steering arm corroded

Wonder if anyone can help me on this.

just noticed that the steering arm on my 2005 opti is really badly corroded. ( the bit the steering connects to ). Is is an easy job to replace or a back to the dealer job?



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Old 07 June 2010, 06:07   #2
Country: UK - Scotland
Boat name: Wildheart
Make: Humber/Delta Seasafe
Length: 5m +
Engine: Merc 60 Clamshell
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2 possibilities here:

1) It's got a short piece fixed to the main "tiller" with 2 bolts into the cast part, I think so you can change from a single to double hole attatchement for twin engine setups.
2) it's a one piece cast arm, and you'll need to dismantle half the engine to get it out as it;s welded to the top of the tiller tube.

Have a look just behind the bit whetre the steering link arm connects. If you can't see 2 bolt heads,

Having said that, even if it is a bolted 2 part one, if it's that corroded, chances are the bolts are going to be stuck fast, so probably easier to theow it at a dealer........
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