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skinuth2o

30 Minute steering cable change

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skinuth2o

The steering on my 99 Response was getting tight. We disconnected the cable at the rudder and under the dash to make sure the rudder and steering wheel were not the problem. It takes a couple of 9/16", 1/2", 7/16" wrenches and or sockets, a philips head screw driver, a medium size adjustable wrench, duct tape and a hack saw.

We cut the end of the cable under the dash board off with the hack saw, you can't repair the cable any way. Duct-taped the rubber end of the new cable to the freshly cut end of the old cable under the dash, with about 12" of over lap. We pulled the old cable out from the back, pulling the new cable in at the same time. Cut off the duct tape. Screwed everything back together. Done in 30 minutes.

You can steer the boat with one finger again.

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The steering on my 99 Response was getting tight. We disconnected the cable at the rudder and under the dash to make sure the rudder and steering wheel were not the problem. It takes a couple of 9/16", 1/2", 7/16" wrenches and or sockets, a philips head screw driver, a medium size adjustable wrench, duct tape and a hack saw.

We cut the end of the cable under the dash board off with the hack saw, you can't repair the cable any way. Duct-taped the rubber end of the new cable to the freshly cut end of the old cable under the dash, with about 12" of over lap. We pulled the old cable out from the back, pulling the new cable in at the same time. Cut off the duct tape. Screwed everything back together. Done in 30 minutes.

You can steer the boat with one finger again.

Took me about 6 hours Ranting.gif

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D-GOOSE

1.5hr on my 03 VLX and doing it by my self.

.5 Notworthy.gif guess you didn't have a sub to remove under the dash.

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99response

Never thought to cut the old cable at the rack end. I will have to try it.

-Chris

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uk_exile

2.5hrs on our 02 RLX. Biggest problem was the hole in floor being so full of wiring and heater hoses that getting the rudder end nut through was impossible. After many attempts ended up cutting it off. If the hole was 50% bigger from factory would make it an easy 30min job.

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Daniel

My problem was getting the old cable loose from the rudder. After that, it was cake.

Daniel

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D-GOOSE

My problem was I took to many Beer.gif breaks.

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PStew67

How do you disconnect the steering cable from the rudder side? Do I unscrew the large nut or remove the bolt and nut from where it connects to the rudder? I tried to unscrew the large nut but that just turns the rod its connected to. Tried lock-pliers and robo-grip to hold the rod but I can't get the nut to loosen (that sounds inappropriate doesnt it?). I have a 98 Sunsetter VLX...Thanks

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99response

Put a wrench on the nut in the middle and disconnect the one on the bottom.

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R1LOVER

I'm installing mine today actually.... so I will use this method and count the minutes lol

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PStew67

I'm having trouble removing the large nut to disconnect the steering cable from the support tube. How do I keep the support tube from moving? Thanks

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WakingMeHappy

I'm having trouble removing the large nut to disconnect the steering cable from the support tube. How do I keep the support tube from moving? Thanks

From the support tube? Can you post a pic? It should be as easy as loosening the nut with a wrench.

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PStew67

I won't be able to post a picture until the weeked. When I turn the nut on the steering cable (rudder side), the support tube also turns.

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PStew67

I did finally get that nut to turn with some pb blaster and vice grips, although it took about ten minutes to disconnect it with the crescent wrench I was using. Thanks for the help.

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srintx

My problem was I took to many Beer.gif breaks.

Bought the cable from Paul at Bakes, changed it out last friday, took 2 hours with help from the wife. Thanks for posting the "how to" article!

Then I followed D-Goose! :thumbup:

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FXD

Took me about 6 hours Ranting.gif

can you tell me the part number on the steering cable

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FXD

can you tell me the part number on the steering cable I need to do mine

thanks

fxd

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