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    Is the length stamped on the steering rack or cable someplace-gctid817794

    It's time, my boat wanders, around enough to irk me into a new steering cable. So where is the OEM length stamped on the steering? I'd rather have it handy and order it in advance than yank and measure.

    #2
    If they are Teleflex/Seastar cables then I believe the cable part number is stamped into the jacket within the first few feet of ONE end of the cable. I had a customer support e-mail from them telling me it will start with a letter then be 5 or 6 digits long then -003- then the cable length in inches.

    Hope this helps.
    Tyson, Ackerley, Sidney & Gene
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    1996 2858 Ciera Command Bridge
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      #3
      Yank and measure is the easiest method. It's a simple replacement and they're easy to get. I had to buy a whole new rack pinion assy w/cable for mine. It was the pinion that had worn.
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      iBoatNW

      1980 CHB Europa 42 Trawler- "Honey Badger"

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        #4
        Good points all. I know my rack is worn as I can feel the teeth slopping back and forth. No question about that . Looks like that will be one of those put off till a Fall jobs. It'll keep till then and in the mean time I'll see if I can find those numbers .

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          #5
          Thanks for the tips. I'll likely do it at seasons end but I want to get the parts before hand. I know my rack is

          Toast because I can feel the teeth coming together . It makes the low speed wander all that more interesting. :unsure:

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            #6
            I do not use the remove and measure system, it is much easier to get the length from one end of the cable then buy a new cable and tape the new to the old and pull the new cable into place depending if there are clamps holding the cable in the mid section.
            Pat says: DO-IT-RIGHT THE FIRST TIME!

            Bayliner 3870 "ALASKA33)
            Twin 350 GM power
            Located in Seward, AK
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              #7
              It's nice if you can do that, people twist tie to the cable wires they ran.
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                #8
                Ok I went up under the panel and it's a teleflex but no numbers on either end , at least visible! . So it's the measure method. I'd rather order first and install when the day is right so just how is this measured, from where to where. I am replacing the worn rack as well. I can get at all of it to lay a tape on as long as I do a section at a time and mark it. Sojust how accurate does this have to be?

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                  #9
                  Sorry, I misread your post...I was referring to shift/throttle cables...Your profile (what boat you have) is not filled out but you can find the cable specs from the bayliner parts catalog for your model...that's where I found mine. Hope this helps...
                  Brad & Michelle
                  Jet & Maverick
                  1993 3688 "the Kraken"
                  Hino W06 250HP
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                    #10
                    "driz" post=820333 wrote:
                    Sojust how accurate does this have to be?
                    That's an easy one... 1" too short = you're screwed.

                    One FOOT too long... you get to carry around more cable and you'll never feel the difference. I measured mine and then bought a foot longer for good measure. I bought the entire helm and it was an easy change. Hardest part was getting the wheel off.
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                    iBoatNW

                    1980 CHB Europa 42 Trawler- "Honey Badger"

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                      #11
                      "SomeSailor" post=820350 wrote:
                      "driz" post=820333 wrote:
                      Sojust how accurate does this have to be?
                      That's an easy one... 1" too short = you're screwed.

                      One FOOT too long... you get to carry around more cable and you'll never feel the difference. I measured mine and then bought a foot longer for good measure. I bought the entire helm and it was an easy change. Hardest part was getting the wheel off.
                      Got it. Now with a complete rack change will I be getting the mating gear as well or is that a separate part? I imagine that like most things gear that both engagements wear about equally and cHanging only one isn't the right way to go.

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