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Old 17 February 2009, 14:22   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: Sheffield
Boat name: Touch Bottom
Make: Avon
Length: 4m +
Engine: 50 hp Merc Power t&t
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Steering cables.

Hi. I am in need of a shorter steering cable for my 4mt. Searider. But I am unsure which one to use, are the Teleflex and Ultraflex cables and helms interchangeable, ie. can I use one brand helm with other brand cable. And does any one have any recommendations? Many thanks. I have looked in the search facility but to no avail.

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Old 17 February 2009, 15:17   #2
Country: USA
Town: North East
Boat name: The Spruce Moose
Length: 5m +
Engine: I/O
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Steering cables

I know that teleflex uses standard hardware and u-flex uses metric so I dont recommend mixing up the hardware. as for the cable itself im unsure if it is universal to use...check out ebay for spare teleflex/u flex parts. good luck!

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Old 18 February 2009, 02:06   #3
Country: UK - England
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The only way to guarantee compatibility is to use part numbers, which should be on your cable about a foot from the end.
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Old 18 February 2009, 06:16   #4
Country: UK - Scotland
Boat name: Wildheart
Make: Humber/Delta Seasafe
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I think the engine end fitting is a "universal standard" (I just swapped a Yam (metric everything) for an aging Merc (imperial everything) and the locknut screwed straight onto the tilt tube. Having said that, the engines were of a similar Hp. I think once you get above about 150ish Hp the steering gear beefs up to suit.

As Dirk says, your part number should be on the cable, of which at least a couple of digits will correspond to the length. If not walk in to your local supplier with the old one and say "one of these, but X amount shorter please" - they should be able to help!
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