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Old 18 March 2012, 16:24   #1
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Help with Steering System (rotary helm)

Hi guys,

Was hoping someone can give me a bit of advice on the rib steering system. I launched my rib today and noticed the steering was very stiff. Having looked behind the stewing wheel in the console I noticed that the rotary helm cover was loose (cast metal/aluminium part) . I took this off to check and found that one of the spindles for locating one of the internal cogs had sheared off.

My question really is can I just replace this part (think its called the rotary helm) or is it a complete unit including the cable all the way back to the engine?

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Probably cheaper and far easier to replace the whole helm unit. They are around the 100 area depending which type you go for.
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Thanks turbo. Does the unit not separate behind the steering wheel? Any recommendations for type for a rib. Have an 70hp on the back of a 5.5mt rib.
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You'll need to replace it with an identical unit, or you'll also have to purchase a new cable.
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Thanks turbo. Does the unit not separate behind the steering wheel? Any recommendations for type for a rib. Have an 70hp on the back of a 5.5mt rib.
It does separate but i dont now if you can get the parts (im sure you can from somewhere) but usually its just a replacement helm. For your HP make sure it is using what is now called an M66 cable which is for 50hp and over.
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Thanks guys.


Dirk,
It is a teleflex cable so must be one of their helms I assume.



Good point Turbo. I will check tat out to make sure!
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Thanks guys.

I will check the cable Turbo bus as far as I know the cable was supplied with the engine through a main dealer. This was before I took ownership. Is there an easy way to identify the helm type/part no. In position while still installed i can't identify it!

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Aquafax Catalogue

Have a look at the Aquafax website, it shows a picture of the two main types.
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Aquafax are great, but they're Uflex dealers, if your after Teleflex, have a look here... Bainbridge Marine > Mechanical
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Thanks guys. The cable is deffo a teleflex but based on the design of the cog system which is the planetary layout it seems to be a ultraflex helm. Armed with this knowledge and after a YouTube review of how to install the cable I will try and remove the helm tonight and at least I can see what I am at then!
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