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Old 09 July 2009, 11:02   #1
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Steering wheels on Bombard 480 Explorer

Hi, just picked up a 2004 Bombard 480 Explorer (4.8m) Rib and looking to change the steering wheel as its grubby as hell. Forgive me if im being a bit dense but do i need to change the steering boss also? or will any one fit?

Appreciate some guidance... its about 320mm diameter
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Old 09 July 2009, 11:32   #2
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I think just about all steering systems for small boats use a standard tapered shaft with a woodruff key. As I recall, It's a 3/4" shaft with a 1"/foot taper.

Some systems may use a splined shaft, but I think that's mostly for really big vessels.

Pull the old wheel off and take a look; should be pretty straightforward (unless the wheel's stuck on there.)

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Old 10 July 2009, 03:39   #3
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I think just about all steering systems for small boats use a standard tapered shaft with a woodruff key. As I recall, It's a 3/4" shaft with a 1"/foot taper.

Some systems may use a splined shaft, but I think that's mostly for really big vessels.

Pull the old wheel off and take a look; should be pretty straightforward (unless the wheel's stuck on there.)

jky
Ummm its stuck ok,,,, need some force on it....
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Do a search on here for steering wheel removal. There's been a couple of threads over the past few months, I think.

Gentle heat and spray freeze, lots of penetrating oil, and a jaw type bearing puller (along with judicious use of a hammer - don't screw up the threads on the shaft, though) may all help you out.

Luck;

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