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Old 03 December 2005, 11:20   #1
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which hydraulic steering is best

ok i need to get hydraulic steering for the vipermax and i am looking for some advice...what is good what is bad

i want steering that is problem free, easy to turn but not too many turns from lock to lock, prefer even number of turns from center in each direction,

it will need to be for 200 hp engine

have heard about ultraflex, bay star, seastar

any advice on the make to go for would be appreciated

thanks
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Old 03 December 2005, 12:24   #2
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I only have had sea stars no real reson just the way it went never had any problems
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Old 03 December 2005, 14:27   #3
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UltraFlex on my boat - seems great but its the first boat ive had with hydraulic steering so ive only got cable to compare it with.

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Old 03 December 2005, 14:34   #4
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that looks nice, how much was it?
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Old 03 December 2005, 14:39   #5
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It was 699 "fitted" as an option when purchasing new from Ribcraft.

You can get it here retail to fit yourself for 499 http://www.mailspeedmarine.com/Produ...oductID/105262
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Old 03 December 2005, 15:02   #6
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I've just gone through the same dilemma. Eventually I went for HyDrive. Neat looking system, not too many turns lock to lock and a lot of choice over type of Ram. Also had a good bit of info and help from the UK agent, SouthCross Marine.
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Old 03 December 2005, 17:12   #7
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We have Sea Star. No complaints.
Never heard anything against HyDrive or Ultraflex either.

Bay Star isn't suitable for your setup - it's rated for lower powered outboards only.

Don't order the steering until your outboard engine delivery is confirmed as you will need a specific kit for your engine type.
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Old 03 December 2005, 17:21   #8
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yes i have been waiting on ordering the steering for when i get the engine sorted, will order it this week and i am now strongly leaning towards a optimax based on everything i have read.
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We have Sea Star. No complaints.
Never heard anything against HyDrive or Ultraflex either.

Bay Star isn't suitable for your setup - it's rated for lower powered outboards only.

Don't order the steering until your outboard engine delivery is confirmed as you will need a specific kit for your engine type.
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Old 05 December 2005, 05:23   #9
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Another vote for Seastar - we fit it as standard to our production boats and the "pro" version to the race boats.
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Old 05 December 2005, 05:55   #10
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sea star has been my top of list one so i think i will go down that route


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