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gsxrjtt 02-12-2013 10:50 AM

Updated steering on 85 S&S
Need to replace steering cable on 85 S&S. how hard is this job ? or do i need to upgrade to newer style steering cable ?

thatsmrmastercraft 02-12-2013 10:51 AM

Not difficult at all. Be sure to check the cable length which is stamped into the cable housing at the rudder end of the cable. Same style cable from SKIDIM will get the job done.

gsxrjtt 02-12-2013 11:04 AM

how do i know what style it is ?

tph 02-12-2013 11:15 AM


Originally Posted by gsxrjtt (Post 908515)
how do i know what style it is ?

If it's original it's probably a Steermaster system.

thatsmrmastercraft 02-12-2013 11:24 AM


Originally Posted by gsxrjtt (Post 908515)
how do i know what style it is ?

Call SKIDIM and talk to them. They will have the answers and the parts. 803-510-0996

helton333 02-12-2013 12:20 PM

Tie then wrap in tape the new one to the old, pulling the new one through as you pull the old out. Use a little Locktight on the rear retaining nut.

cal69 02-12-2013 01:06 PM

If you still have the original Steermaster system, then you are better off replacing the helm and cable using the kit from SKIDIM. Price was not bad, around $160 for everything. The results were amazing and totally cured my hard steer problem on my '85. Just tell them what you have and they will suggest the right length and helm. I did mine last year just before summer. Was steering perfect when I sold the boat last October. I looked into trying to find the original cables but could not find them.

tph 02-12-2013 04:31 PM

Steermaster cable
Here's a site that still has cables if you want to keep it original:

gsxrjtt 02-12-2013 05:27 PM

thanks everyone just ordered new cables and had to get a new helm and wheel because old ones are not avail any more..

thatsmrmastercraft 02-12-2013 05:30 PM

Did that on my boat a couple of years ago. Not a bad job at all.

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