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    Default adjusting the steering

    I rebuilt my steering port and adjusted my steering when I reassembled everything. Last year my boat turned a lot sharper to the right than the left. So I adjusted it so the rudder is straight, and I have the same amount of turns from lock to lock. The only problem is the steering wheel is upside down. What's the solution for this?

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    The center cap can be changed around but the design of the wheel and the "spokes" are still upside down.

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    Does your wheel look like mine? Mine is only a little off center and I have thought about getting it closer. Wonder if the "bolt pattern" would allow for that adjustment.

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    Here's my dash. It's similar to yours. The bolt pattern is not adjustable. I pulled the steering wheel last winter and there's a keyway that only allows it to go on one way.


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    Guys I think there is a big nut under your center round piece and you can pull the wheel off straighten the rutter and then push it back on in the position you like. I think. I havnt taken mine off yet. Anybody??
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    Quote Originally Posted by jet View Post
    Guys I think there is a big nut under your center round piece and you can pull the wheel off straighten the rutter and then push it back on in the position you like. I think. I havnt taken mine off yet. Anybody??
    There is a big nut under the cap of the wheel, but you can't put the wheel anywhere you want it. There is a keyway that dictates where the wheel sits on the hub. The adjustment has to come back by the rudder or perhaps there is something you can do with the part behind the dash that I'm not aware of.

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    I believe this should be like a car... You want to get the steering box centered for when the rudder is straight. The wheel should be straight when the gearbox (helm end of cable) is centered. If not, you'll be able to turn the rudder farther one way than the other, so not as sharp turning one way but sharper the other way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cadunkle View Post
    I believe this should be like a car... You want to get the steering box centered for when the rudder is straight. The wheel should be straight when the gearbox (helm end of cable) is centered. If not, you'll be able to turn the rudder farther one way than the other, so not as sharp turning one way but sharper the other way.
    Yep, that's essentially what I did and now my steering wheel is upside down. I'm going to see what happens at the lake soon, but I'm anticipating that it'll have the same turning radius in both direction. But my steering wheel is upside down! Maybe I'll be surprised and the radius won't be the same.

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    Don't forget the other area for adjustment is where the clamp block attaches to the steering tube on the rudder end of the cable. Turn your wheel lock-to-lock to find the center of travel, then rotate the shortest direction to get the shaft keyway where you need it and lock it down in that position. Then loosen the clamp block & allow the steering tube to move fore & aft as you manually center the rudder. That'll get you a straight wheel and straight rudder, but you may end up with too much differential travel in either direction depending on how far you have to rotate the hub to center the keyway.

    If so, you can pull the cable out of the helm (I'm assuming rotary?) and note the orientation of the hub when the cable is free, rotate the hub the desired amount to correct, and reinsert the cable. Could be a trial & error process, but another method. Drape some rags in the area - the helm end is a greasy mess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sybrmike View Post
    Don't forget the other area for adjustment is where the clamp block attaches to the steering tube on the rudder end of the cable. Turn your wheel lock-to-lock to find the center of travel, then rotate the shortest direction to get the shaft keyway where you need it and lock it down in that position. Then loosen the clamp block & allow the steering tube to move fore & aft as you manually center the rudder. That'll get you a straight wheel and straight rudder, but you may end up with too much differential travel in either direction depending on how far you have to rotate the hub to center the keyway.
    I feel like you're saying something real important here, but I'm not catching on to exactly what you're saying. I had the cable disconnected at the rudder. Turned the wheel lock to lock to find the center, adjusted the jam nuts on what I think you're calling the clamp block, and voila. I think the steering is the same, side to side, but the wheel is upside down. Here's the adjustment part that I think you're calling the clamp block.


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