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Old 04 October 2009, 18:11   #11
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Yes, I've checked the helm end.
This helm end was originally for a zodiac and was mounted on an aluminium crossbar. I demounted it and built it into my home - made console, the cable doesn't foul at all.
I like the idea of cutting and welding a sleeve, but I am not sure how to work out the correct length - would it be by :
a) checking the travel at the steering end and marking a centre point.
b) setting engine in central position and measure the length of drag bar needed.

I have a mig welder,and have access to an arc welder. I have very little welding experience, but is there anything different with welding stainless ?

Yes, my drag bar does have a crank in it, which gives it the height to miss the top of the transom tube.
If you've never welded stainless before, don't make your 1st try on something critical like the drag bar.

It'll probably be cheaper to pay someone to weld it up after you do the fabrication than it'll be to buy a 1/2 kilo reel of stainless wire plus a bottle of Argoshield or pure Argon anyway.
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Old 04 October 2009, 18:13   #12
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Yep, count the number of turns of the helm unit lock to lock, then go back half that amount to set in the middle.
Then set the engine straight ahead by hand and measure what length drag link you need.

To weld stainless with a Mig you need a reel of stainless wire and a bottle of argon or argon/Co2.
However if you are not confident with your welding then steering isn't really the thing to practice on.

(Edit - Nos beat me to it. Must learn to type faster.)

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Old 05 October 2009, 07:57   #13
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You will probably not achive the full arc lock to lock that you had with a tiller.
I'll second that.

Suz 25, Johnson 25, Yam 55, Merc 60 - none of them move as far in eiother direction when attached than they did when "loose".
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Old 05 October 2009, 14:39   #14
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Well, I took everyones' advice and went off in search of someone to weld stainless.

I found, through a friend, a chap called Justin Williams, who owns a company called
NORTON STAINLESS ENGINEERING in Somerset (07545555200).

He took a solid piece of stainless steel, cut it to length, welded it in and polished it up , absolutely Brilliant!!
He did it while I waited, and charged me 10.00. (pictures below - Before and After )

I came back and fitted it - perfect, full lock both ways - SUCCESS.

Hope his number is useful to others - feel free, just tell him Andy gave you his number.

Thanks to everyone...........watch this space though !
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Glad it worked out

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What is actually stopping the steering from going further, is the cable at the end of travel ?
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