View Full Version : What is the neutral position of Rudder

01-28-2012, 03:21 PM
I've just changed out my steering cable ('97 205) as steering was tight under steering and didn't change with greasing the three rear zerk fittings. My question is what position should the rudder be in when the steering wheel is in a neutral/forward position. I assume it would be straight forward but with the natural pull to the left while going forward I wasn't sure if this was countered with the placement of the rudder slightly off-center or if it was preposition the rudder.

Also, after the wheel is in neutral should it have be able to rotate equally to each side? Mine has 1/2 turn more to left than right.

I made sure that rear cable support knuckle was attached in the same position and routed the steering cable in as described but I don't want to get on the water and find out my steering is whack.

Thanks for the help!

01-29-2012, 02:19 AM
I replaced my steering cable last year. I positioned the rudder straight ahead and the steering wheel at 12 o'clock. When I took it out the first time, the steering wheel was off by 1/4 turn or so! :( It took a couple of adjustments of the rack mounting and some test runs before I got it close to even. But truth told, this only really matters if the lake is perfectly calm, the boat is perfectly balanced, and I'm going in a straight line -- none of which happen very often.

I do suspect it has something to do with the offset of the rudder as well as the natural torque steering of the rotating propeller.

Hard left to hard right, I've never noticed that it turns further one way than another. As long as nothing is binding I wouldn't worry about it. Either extreme rudder position is rarely needed.

Good luck. Maybe another member has the perfect solution.

01-29-2012, 10:01 AM
Ideally you would want the same turns port and starboard and the rudder centered to start with. I replaced my cable and helm last year and I set up everything straight up and it worked out fine.

01-29-2012, 04:29 PM
Thanks for the help. I must have fed the cable in with the wheel/rudder in the wrong position. I'll unhook the cable from the steering wheel and see if I can get it even. The manual suggested starting with the wheel upside-down (1/2 turn from straight) and the rudder in neutral position but I may have to play around for proper fit/alignment although tighter rotation to the left may not be a horrible thing given normal "road" driving style.

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