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Old 26 September 2009, 13:31   #1
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TELEFLEX AGAIN !! Help needed

Hi, further to my recent posts, I have fabricated a bracket to take the return arm from the teleflex cable.
After connecting everything up, I have different lengths of transverse movement of the engine - full lock starbord, but only half lock port side.
The bracket which takes the rose of the return arm is centre of the power head.
Does anyone know if the cable travel length can be adjusted ? -If so from which end, or is it possible to obtain a longer return arm ?
The Teleflex steering came off an inflatable, so the helm is in a plastic housing with two different holes for the steering wheel - does this have any effect on the cable travel length ?
If not, why the two seperate steering wheel positions ?
Just can't get my head round this - Any suggestions please ?
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Old 27 September 2009, 03:56   #2
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you will have to increase or reduce the arm length by cutting and re-soldering.
Quite common with several makes
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Old 28 September 2009, 06:07   #3
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Assuming you have a standard cable, there should be enoguh travel to go both ways, unless your tiller hole is way too far forward (i.e the movement you get at the end of the teleflex rod is vastly "geared down" so the engine hardly moves when you turn the wheel, so you need to take the teleflex to it's extremes. Do you see "thin" steering cable when you are helm hard starboard?

Have you got a photo of the bracket you made in it;s installed position? Most OEM ones are positioned slightly inside the handle at the front of the engine, some are even tucked under the front of the cowl. If you are using a random link arm off another engine, You may need to bend it a bit to clear the case and keep the "steering geometry" roughly where it should be.
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Old 28 September 2009, 10:42   #4
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I made a similar bracket myself recently. had to make several mockup ones in alluminium to get the geometry right then made a final one in stainless steel.

You may well need a different return arm if it came with the steering and is not the right one for the engine.
If you set your steering cable half way out and your engine centred you can then see where the rose has to fit in relation to the power head. ie: off centre. and/or how long your arm needs to be.
You then have to decide the distance from engine to rose so that you get the right amount of travel.
Be carefull you dont end up with the steering jammed hard over as the arm goes past the point of no return.

The cable travel cannot be changed and doesnt need to be if you get the geometry right.
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Old 28 September 2009, 11:08   #5
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you will have to increase or reduce the arm length by cutting and re-soldering.
yorfuoj,
I just realised that in French the word for "solder" & "weld" is the same. I thought I'd better mention this for the benefit of the non French speaking ribnetters - as "Soldering" a steering arm together will not make a very solid joint!

les subtilités de la langue.....
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Old 28 September 2009, 11:11   #6
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yorfuoj,
I just realised that in French the word for "solder" & "weld" is the same. I thought I'd better mention this for the benefit of the non French speaking ribnetters - as "Soldering" a steering arm together will not make a very solid joint!

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ha ha! i didn't like to say anything but it would have been a bit soft.
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Old 28 September 2009, 14:59   #7
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yorfuoj,
I just realised that in French the word for "solder" & "weld" is the same. I thought I'd better mention this for the benefit of the non French speaking ribnetters - as "Soldering" a steering arm together will not make a very solid joint!

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that might explain the last citreon I owned!
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