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Old 04-18-2013, 01:21 AM
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'83 S&S Steering issue

So I don't know exactly how it happened but now I can turn sharper to the right than I can to the left. Also, the "alignment" on the steering wheel is off. What happened? How do I fix it?

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Old 04-18-2013, 09:41 AM
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You didn't have the rudder and wheel centered when you connected the cable. You need to disconnect the rudder, get things centered and reattach rudder. As far as the steering wheel goes, sometimes you need to adjust the wheel itself, but having the wheel centered with the rudder straight isn't the same as having the wheel centered while operating the boat in a straight line.
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:09 AM
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Disagree with the above, unless MC's are put together differently than the CC's Im used to. Centering the steering travel in both directions is a function of where the cable clamp tube is positioned. If the clamp loosened up and the tube slipped, it would result in unequal travel. The clamp tube is located at the aft end of the steering cable.

On a rotary system, having the steering wheel straight when going straight is a function of the steering wheel position when the cable is inserted into the helm. To adjust, remove the cable, turn the wheel by the number of degrees it was off previously, and reinsert. It may take a few tries to get it right.
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Disagree with the above, unless MC's are put together differently than the CC's Im used to. Centering the steering travel in both directions is a function of where the cable clamp tube is positioned. If the clamp loosened up and the tube slipped, it would result in unequal travel. The clamp tube is located at the aft end of the steering cable.

On a rotary system, having the steering wheel straight when going straight is a function of the steering wheel position when the cable is inserted into the helm. To adjust, remove the cable, turn the wheel by the number of degrees it was off previously, and reinsert. It may take a few tries to get it right.
This is what I was trying to get across, but apparently I wasn't nearly as clear as I thought I was.
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Old 04-18-2013, 12:10 PM
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I actually have never removed or messed with the cable. It was just different one day. Are you saying that it may have slipped and need to be adjusted? If so, I will try the suggestions that you have made above. Is there anything else it could be?

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Old 04-18-2013, 12:21 PM
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I was happy to see a question about this, my rudder turns much more one direction than the other. I loosened the arm on top of the rudder and tried to put it all in the center that way which helped a little but didn't fix it. I wondered if maybe they were supposed to for some reason but it sounds like not. I will try adjusting the cable as described.
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Old 04-18-2013, 12:23 PM
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Hey SS.....nice to see you back! It's been awhile and I thought maybe you sold your boat. Glad you didn't....it's a sweet boat!!

I am no help for your steering, sorry.
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If MC used the same basic Teleflex rotary steering system that CC used from the mid 60's through ~1990, then you need to look for parts like this (ignore the second shorter clamp tube being held for reference).

The clamp tube threads onto the steering cable. The (white) clamp attaches to something solid on the hull (not shown in the picture is the bolt that attaches to the pivoting hex). Usually a stringer or a bracket on the back side of the strut. If the 4 bolts loosened up and the tube slipped within the clamp, it would result in unequal steering travel left/right. To center it, put the steering wheel in the center of its travel, then adjust the tube location within the clamp until the rudder is pointed straight, then tighten the 4 bolts on the clamp.
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:44 PM
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Disagree with the above, unless MC's are put together differently than the CC's Im used to. Centering the steering travel in both directions is a function of where the cable clamp tube is positioned. If the clamp loosened up and the tube slipped, it would result in unequal travel. The clamp tube is located at the aft end of the steering cable.

On a rotary system, having the steering wheel straight when going straight is a function of the steering wheel position when the cable is inserted into the helm. To adjust, remove the cable, turn the wheel by the number of degrees it was off previously, and reinsert. It may take a few tries to get it right.
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:26 AM
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Thanks for your help guys! I will work on this before I get it back on the water this season!! Ski-me, thanks man. It has been a while. I am glad to be back on and I don't think I'm going to be letting go of my baby for a while.. . I have been watching your updates also, looking good!
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