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    I must be missing something here, the steering was recently rebuilt by Norm, but when I tighten it up the steering gets very hard and there is a dragging sound coming from where the cable goes through the hull. Am I missing a sheath or something?






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    What is all that stuff you have between the cable and the tiller arm ???

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    slack adjusters...they have been on there since the boat was new.

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    Sounds like you may have them too tight. Try backing them off just a little.

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    I've lost quite a few fasteners just like those, but they are on my tunnel plates, either the clip comes loose or the ring comes off. I replaced them all with Stainless Clevis, washer, cotter pin. Does the pin on the tiller pivot too? If the cables are adjusted too tight, the cable will start chewing the housing.
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    From your pictures it appears that the slack adjuster on your transom plates is pointing down and the cable looks like it is more horizontal. The cable is probably digging into the adjuster nut.

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    There is a set screw keeping the the cable from becoming tangled before install is complete. Did you loosen it? The hole is where the set screw goes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DuaneHTP View Post
    Sounds like you may have them too tight. Try backing them off just a little.
    It helps to back them off...but not to the point it should be.

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    I flipped the mounts on the tiller arm and loosened it up, MUCH better...but still dragging inside the hull fitting...is it supposed to be metal on metal in there?

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    Did you put plenty of grease on the cable as you fed it through the sheath?. If the alignment from tiller to adjuster is correct there should be very little drag.
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    Looks to me like the rod ends that you have fastened to the tiller arm are causing a binding as the nozzle sweeps through its range of motion. The clevises that you have installed provide a pivot point up and down, but not left and right. Unless the ends that you have in the tiller arm are able to pivot, they will bind. I would be concerned about pivoting in the tiller arm, as it will cause wear to the tiller arm. I would rather see a spherical rod end fastened to the tiller arm which will allow unrestricted freedom to pivot left and right without binding as well as provide around 11 degrees of up and down (depending on which spherical rod end you choose). Check to see if you have any side loading on your cables when the wheel is turned. I bet this is the source of your noise and as the cables get pulled tight, difficulty in turning.

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    if you try to tighten the adjusters on the transom plate without making certain the sheath doesn't move inside, you can wad up the sheath which will make the cable drag like crazy. the only thing you can do is remove the cable and sheath, and hopefully trip the wadded up portion without shortening it too much.

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    It seems to be not enough grease at towards the end of the line...going to re-grease and try again.

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