So..trying to get the my POS running for this weekend. I'm a bit concerned about my steering cable connection to the pump tiller arm. I see lots of pictures where the eye on the end of the cable is bolted to a little clevis adapter thing, which is then bolted to the tiller arm. I had no such piece, so I simply used a good quality 3/8-24 bolt with about 1/2" of non-threaded shank (fits nicely in the eye at the end of the cable)...and along with a nut on each side of the tiller arm and a few stainless washers as shims, assembled everything. I'm thinking that the reason I didn't have one is because there was not diverter on this boat when I got it. Will the steer tube bushing take up the flex from the diverter sufficiently or should I machine up one one of these little clevis adapter things?
Is 6061 T-6 good enough or should I make it out of steel?...or, whats the real name for it so I can order one?