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    trying to replace my steering cables...not really familiar with how to do that, so I took the cover off...took the gears out, removed the bolts from the housing...but this center gear doesn't appear to want to move. Any tips, suggestions, or instructions?

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    Its an older rotary reeel system , not sure which brand hard to tell from that picture alone (working from my smart phone) , some rotatries can still get replacement cables , we use rack and pinion but still install and sell rotary systems when available space is an issue , IMO rack and pinion systems tend to be more positive Tom

    to remove take the wheel off , pull the hub and there should be attaching bolts to remove (the helm) under the helm cover

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    That is Calgo, recommend you send to Norm Grimes (the mfg) for cable replacement and rewind. Far superior system to Morse or Teleflex style steering.

    I have his contact info if you need it.

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    yes, please.

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    Is it possible to grease the cables in these?

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    isn't that like a planetary gear system ?
    It may be OLD ,it may be Slow ... but at least it's MOBILE !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by terrible_buddhist View Post
    Is it possible to grease the cables in these?

    ive been told u can pull the sleeves off and grease them.

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    That is a calgo system and the inboard bolt at three o'clock is to lock it down for cable service and lube. Sorry to say but if you took it apart this far it has probably become a birds nest inside the spool. Best bet is remove the the helm and take it to a shop that is familiar with that set-up cables and all if you remove the ring that incases the cables it will get ugly. I know pulling the cable and casing is a ton of fun but its your'e best bet. Also on a side note, alot of guys familiar with the calgo will install the helm and cables, get everything set-up then remove the 1/4 inboard bolt and install a grease fitting for service as that is all they really require! Just remember if you disconnect the cables for any reason (hardware change or whatever) pull the fitting and put the lock bolt back in snug!

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    Question, so why does OP's rotary system have two cables and mine, 1983 21' Daytona only has one???
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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerDown View Post
    Question, so why does OP's rotary system have two cables and mine, 1983 21' Daytona only has one???
    His is a push pull model

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    Quote Originally Posted by ol guy View Post
    That is a calgo system and the inboard bolt at three o'clock is to lock it down for cable service and lube. Sorry to say but if you took it apart this far it has probably become a birds nest inside the spool. Best bet is remove the the helm and take it to a shop that is familiar with that set-up cables and all if you remove the ring that incases the cables it will get ugly. I know pulling the cable and casing is a ton of fun but its your'e best bet. Also on a side note, alot of guys familiar with the calgo will install the helm and cables, get everything set-up then remove the 1/4 inboard bolt and install a grease fitting for service as that is all they really require! Just remember if you disconnect the cables for any reason (hardware change or whatever) pull the fitting and put the lock bolt back in snug!
    Well, I put it all back together, and it (and the jet) turns. Still pretty hard, but it turns. When I turn is one way, the pulling cable at the pump is tight and the other is slack...is that the way it is supposed to be?

    If I did not get the hole thing all screwed up...how do you lube it up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by terrible_buddhist View Post
    Well, I put it all back together, and it (and the jet) turns. Still pretty hard, but it turns. When I turn is one way, the pulling cable at the pump is tight and the other is slack...is that the way it is supposed to be?

    If I did not get the hole thing all screwed up...how do you lube it up?
    Nope, It's best to send it back to Norm.

    It should move VERY easy.

    When the cables are not routed(wound) correctly....they will bind/rub and can eventually break.....they are difficult to get it right once taken apart or slack has been introduced to the cables.

    They are.....pull/pull type.

    The cable does pull tight in the direction that you're turning it.....and slightly slack on the opposite side.
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    Since it might already be wound incorrectly.....and if you have patients and mechanical skill.....you might try disassembling it to figure it out yourself before sending it back to Norm (Calgo).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ol guy View Post
    His is a push pull model
    a push pull calgo????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????

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