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TXSurfVLX

Question on lock nut on '00 VLX steering cable replacement

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TXSurfVLX

Hey yall, we are trying to replace the steering cable on a 2000 VLX Wakesetter. Everything was going along fine until we got to the large silver/stainless looking lock nut. When we went to try and break that nut loose to remove the cable, it would not break at all. All that it did was spin around like it was frozen. We soaked it for a little bit to try and free it up, but nothing happened with it, it still spun with the cable. We tried to hold it still while we tried to break it, but it just wasnt happening. Is there a trick to getting this lock nut to break/ We put everything back together so we can ride tomorrow, but we want to get it fixed in the morning if someone has any tips, that would be awesome! Thanks guys

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TXSurfVLX

Here's the answer for those of you that may be having this same problem. Leave the rack and the rudder bolted up and break the lock nut loose first. You will need a pair of vice grips and a wrench to break it free. If you attempt it with the rack and rudder unbolted, there is too much free play in the cable and it spins very easily. With it bolted up, there is much less play and the vice grips help hold things in place while you break it. Then unbolt the rack and the rudder and continue with the rmoval process. Just remember to have some vice grips around. And start drinking AFTER you install the new cable Cheers.gif

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