DaveS Posted August 17, 2009 Share Posted August 17, 2009 My Viking 24 is fitted with an Ultraflex cable steering system. I found that there was excessive free movement of the steering wheel (150mm) before moving the outboard engine. Thinking that the steering was was worn, I purchased a new helm and cable, which I have installed on the boat. To my disappointment, I found that the new system had pretty much the same amount of free movement, as did the old system. I had gained nothing from the expense of a buying a new system. Investigation has shown that the 'free movement' to be due to the cable, and not the helm. At the engine end of the cable, there is a metal tube, inside which slides another smaller diameter tube (like a piston). It is possible to slide the outer tube, back and forth, over the inner tube for several millimetres, without there being any movement of the cable. When this free movement is transferred to outer circumference of the steering wheel, it equates to some 150 cms of free movement of the wheel. A previous boat was fitted with Teleflex steering, and did not have this problem. In this an inherent problem with Ultraflex cables ? Dave P.S. I have e-mailed Ultraflex in Italy in the hope of getting answer . Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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