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    I have an 89 Carrera Classic. It has the Mercruiser throttle/shift control in it. This past season it gave up the ghost I think. I want to replace the entire handle, cable, trim control assembly since it seemed pretty worn out anyway. Having a hard time even finding one. My control has the Throttle, FWD, REV, Trim control, trailer button in the handle. Where can I find another or a good replacement? Thanks

    I see this one a CP and am wondering if this is a good upgrade?
    Dana Billet Aluminum Side Mount Throttle/Shift Control - CP Performance
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spectratoad View Post
    I have an 89 Carrera Classic. It has the Mercruiser throttle/shift control in it. This past season it gave up the ghost I think. I want to replace the entire handle, cable, trim control assembly since it seemed pretty worn out anyway. Having a hard time even finding one. My control has the Throttle, FWD, REV, Trim control, trailer button in the handle. Where can I find another or a good replacement? Thanks

    I see this one a CP and am wondering if this is a good upgrade?
    Dana Billet Aluminum Side Mount Throttle/Shift Control - CP Performance
    I would recommend calling Mike Mays at CP Performance - he will advise you which product he carries to best suit your needs. He's a really good guy, and he's also the owner......

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    Will definitely be calling. Thanks for the point of contact.
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    I installed one of those Dana units in our 240 this winter. Nice piece, easy install. Shifter is not compatable with old style (1991) Merc cables so I had to replace those. Haven't had it in the water yet but it works good on the trailer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldtoys View Post
    Haven't had it in the water yet but it works good on the trailer.
    They always do!!! I was looking at that set up but out of my budget.
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    I would go to my local merc dealer with your model and serial numbers
    you can find them on the air cleaner cover.
    I have replaced a lot of them where I use to work
    I would replace your shift and throttle cables at the same time
    it will save you money in the long run
    when you go to the dealer to order the control box
    take your cables with you so you will get the correct ones for length and correct ends
    now if I was doing it I would also replace the intermediate shift cable same time
    and if you want to replace the intermediate shift cable merc has a kit that has
    all new boots and bellows and cable and also the new water pump kit
    that is all one kit
    if you have any questions I would be more than happy to talk to you about it
    pm your phone number and I will call you thanks Larry

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    Thanks Larry. I will probably take you up on that. I am definitely going to replace everything while I am there. Right now just trying to get it all figured out and organized and out so I can see what all I am dealing with.
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    If you already have not figured it out by now, a new version of the original control will require the use of the new style gen II control cables. The new controls operate smoother than the old ones by quite a bit and you will also notice the absence of the trailer button as it is actually built in to the trim up/down switch. The trim switch actually has a double detent up position which acts as both the trim up position(first detent) and then trailer (second detent). The hole in the combing panel (where the control is located) will have to be slightly modified but that should not be a big deal. There is also a "kill switch" built into the control.

    Good Luck

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    Also,
    Be aware that the new controls are longer (front to back) than the old ones. Most boats have room but double check the amount of room behind your current control before you start ordering parts.

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    The newest version of the oem control # is 8m0030551 and retails around $360 or 883710a03 for a few bucks less. The difference between the two is how they are released from neutral. One uses the thumb and the other uses all fingers but your thumb. The one that uses your thumb also has a chrome finish. The cables will set you back $40-50 dollars
    sorry for multiple posts

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