Go Back   TeamTalk > Maintenance Tips, How-tos and Refurbishing Topics > Engine / Drive Train

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 08-02-2004, 07:48 AM
H20skeefreek's Avatar
H20skeefreek H20skeefreek is offline
MC Devotee
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Boat: '85 Stars and Stripes
Location: Southeast
Posts: 2,372
Exclamation Rack and Pinion Steering

For anyone replacing thier steering, i thought I'd pass along what i learned.

I was having a problem with my steering, it was getting incredibly stiff, so yesterday I installed a new rack and pinion steering system. While I haven't taken it out on the water yet, i thought I'd pass along what i learned.

Follow the directions, things move much quicker when you do BUT, take in mind that 99.9% of any steering systems you buy are made for stearndrives and outboards. These other boats are usually starboard steered. Our cables run down the center and steer from the port side. what this means is that everything is backwards!!! the helm plate has to be mounted upside down and the rack or rotary helm has to be positioned OPPOSITE of what the directions say. Luckily, i was greaty concerned with my steering wheel alignment with the rudder, so while checking it, i realized that i had hooked it up backwards!! I am so glad i checked it before taking it to the lake for an in water check!!

__________________
ITCHIN' TO SKI, LET'S GO!!
1985 MasterCraft Skier, Stars and Stripes
351W with PowerSlot and Perfect Pass
Click here if you need prayer, or wish to pray for those who do.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 08-02-2004, 11:27 AM
east tx skier's Avatar
east tx skier east tx skier is offline
MC Hero
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Boat: 1998 Ski Nautique
Location: End of my rope.
Posts: 25,302
How long did it take you to do the install? Where did you get the rack/pinion parts and, if you don't mind, what did they cost?
__________________
Previous: 1993 Prostar 205

Red 1998 Closed Bow Ski Boat, Ford 351, 310 hp, Acme 4 blade, Perfect Pass SG.

FAQ


Tyler Ski Club


To me, this forum is about love of inboard boats. It is about the sharing of information and, on a good day, some humor. It is not about post count, brand of boat, or any other superfluous labels that lend themselves to a false sense of superiority. Please, respect one another, try to pass on accurate information, and keep your eye on the ball.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-02-2004, 10:24 PM
H20skeefreek's Avatar
H20skeefreek H20skeefreek is offline
MC Devotee
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Boat: '85 Stars and Stripes
Location: Southeast
Posts: 2,372
Quote:
Originally Posted by east tx skier
How long did it take you to do the install? Where did you get the rack/pinion parts and, if you don't mind, what did they cost?
actual work time, probably about 2-3 hours. It really took me half of the day b/c i had to go out an buy a hole saw to put the helm in, and no one had the darn 2 1/4 hole saw. (my old one had a 2" hole in the dash for the helm) I also had problems fitting the cable to my rudder. the hole in the ram was further away from the end than on the old one, so i had difficulties lining up the hole on the ram and the rudder. I had to file about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch off of the stainless steel ram, that sucked, especially since i had already run the cable, so i was doing it in the boat.

I got the rack from West Marine. It was a 14' teleflex rack and pinion. retail i think is about 158 bucks. I'll get to test it out this weekend and see how it works.

I had a hard time deciding between a rotary, what it had and a rack and pinion. here's how i decided on the rack.

#1 it is what the current prostar has. This tells me something. It cost the same as rotary (cost wise, not retail). If this is the case, then surely there is a reason to choose it.

#2 Rotary is 3 turns lock to lock, rack is 4.2 turns lock to lock. what this means is that a rotary is quicker, but a rack gives you more room to make smaller adjustments. while I'll probably never get to run the course, this is the intended purpose of my boat. the ability to make smaller adjustments is better right? that what i thought (don't tell me otherwise OK, i already invested the time and money, i don't want to hear i could have made a better choice)
__________________
ITCHIN' TO SKI, LET'S GO!!
1985 MasterCraft Skier, Stars and Stripes
351W with PowerSlot and Perfect Pass
Click here if you need prayer, or wish to pray for those who do.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-03-2004, 03:58 PM
chris.willman chris.willman is offline
TT Regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Boat: 1999 Sammy Duvall 190 - LT1
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Posts: 44
Can you describe the benefits of "rack & pinion" steering? I've seen other posts mentioning it, and it's peaked my interest. But honestly, I just can't imagine my steering being much better.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-03-2004, 09:28 PM
H20skeefreek's Avatar
H20skeefreek H20skeefreek is offline
MC Devotee
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Boat: '85 Stars and Stripes
Location: Southeast
Posts: 2,372
Quote:
Originally Posted by H20skeefreek
#2 Rotary is 3 turns lock to lock, rack is 4.2 turns lock to lock. what this means is that a rotary is quicker, but a rack gives you more room to make smaller adjustments.
I think this is the jist of it. if your current steering is good, i wouldn't screw with it, when it needs replaced, then weigh the pros and cons.
__________________
ITCHIN' TO SKI, LET'S GO!!
1985 MasterCraft Skier, Stars and Stripes
351W with PowerSlot and Perfect Pass
Click here if you need prayer, or wish to pray for those who do.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:26 AM.