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    How big a pain in the ass is it to convert over to Calgo ? And what will it cost for hardware ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gopher711 View Post
    How big a pain in the ass is it to convert over to Calgo ? And what will it cost for hardware ?
    Not to jack the thread but, what are the advantages of going to a Calgo?
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    Calgo is a pulley and dual cable setup ( push-pull no slack ) instead of one Morse style steering cable Usually run on race performance use jetboats Much safer system as far as I'm looking at it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetdream'n View Post
    Not to jack the thread but, what are the advantages of going to a Calgo?
    ran a morse rack in me for several years. worked fine, anywhere from 105-110. I still feel it would have been no problem with steering going faster. you just get used to it.
    running calgo in the pc. the whole thing together is lighter than the rack/cable system. it also seems to be more responsive, which isn't really a great word to describe it. it just takes much less steering input to move the boat. more sensitive isn't a good word either. with the boat light on the water, at maybe 110-115/6, just moving the steering wheel gets an immediate response in either direction. they are different, they both work well, just have to get used to the differences.
    with the rack, you just kind of hook up the cable, bolt the rack in place, bolt the other end of the cable to the tiller and you're pretty much good to go. the calgo is a little more complicated. installation is more complex. you basically have a long cable that wraps around a spool, with both ends of the cable run through sheaths, out the back of the boat to each side of the tiller arm. there are a number of other parts involved with the calgo. have to be careful with the sheaths, and have to pay attention tightening or disconnecting the cables from the pump.
    the advantage with a calgo is really with the faster boats. less weight, more responsive to steering input at speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gopher711 View Post
    Calgo is a pulley and dual cable setup ( push-pull no slack ) instead of one Morse style steering cable Usually run on race performance use jetboats Much safer system as far as I'm looking at it
    I have a Calgo on my v-drive hydro and it would be very easy to install on your jet.... You would need the right tiller arm for your set-up to match your droop.... Probably a grand for parts.... There are a couple different gear ratios and two cable sizes to choose from.... You can do a search on this site for suppliers.... Don.

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    Default not as safe

    calgo=more prone to fail/break. lots of ways to have problems. regular rack and cable=very simple, works fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OkieDave View Post
    calgo=more prone to fail/break. lots of ways to have problems. regular rack and cable=very simple, works fine.
    Please show one that was installed correctly that has broken or failed. Norm Grimes at GSM has been making these products for years. If it was prone to fail or break, I guarantee he would not be selling them. As of right now your statement is unfounded bs.

    I've got one on the race boat and and one on the river cruiser. Both work great. They must be maintained and properly set up as with anything.
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    My Dad has run this system in his flat since 1965, just had it rebuilt in 2013... another buddy runs the 3/16 cable calgo in his Spectra20, old Coats Guard boat and it is heavy, turns nice and smooth and we just installed in a 19' 78 Sanger. Great system.

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    everyone has their opinion. just take something simple and needlessly overcomplicate it. and don't tell me my opinion is unfounded bs. many calgo failures and some have caused wrecks, not in jets but other types of boats. jets don't have any prop torque trying to turn the boat. do some digging and you'll find out. calgo is high maintenance and problem prone. my opinion.

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    Calgo on a jet
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    never seen a jet with movable cav plate pretty cool, and no place diverter

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    It's a typical circle boat set up. Gives them much better control of the boats handling in the rough water at hi speeds and deceleration for turn as well control in turns. I think that's the transom of the "ballin jack" comp jet boat. Notice also either short or no droops as well.

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    thanks for the answer makes sense

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetjunky View Post
    It's a typical circle boat set up. Gives them much better control of the boats handling in the rough water at hi speeds and deceleration for turn as well control in turns. I think that's the transom of the "ballin jack" comp jet boat. Notice also either short or no droops as well.
    not ballin jack. the 123 boat is all brown, pump is brown, and always has been. the pic shows a droop. ballin jack doesn't run one. similar setup, but a little different.

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