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Boat Steering Cable




How to choose cable and length

Call Tech Support for Teleflex at 610-495-7011 or Uflex at (941) 351-2628

The cable part number and length can usually be found about 2 feet from one end of the cable, stamped into the plastic conduit (exterior jacket or casing). If you can’t locate/read it, proceed to step a:

 a. Is the cable you are replacing rotary?

Rotary is a spiral wrapped black core wire sticks out at helm end of cable. Rack and pinion cable has long metal housing with rack [flat] gear inside (under the dash).

Measure the cable’s plastic jacket (casing) in inches.If rotary, add 18”, and round up to the next foot. If rack & pinion, add 30” and round up to the next foot. Order that length cable.

b. Are you doing a first-time steering cable installation?

Measure Cable Routing Path in Boat as Follows:

A = Center line of wheel to gunwale (inches),
B = Dash to transom (inches),
C = Gunwale to cable connection at centered tiller (inches).

For Tilt Tube Mounting, add A, B & C + 6”, and round up to the next foot. Order that length cable. For Transom/Splashwell/Stringer Support Mounting, add A, B & C, then subtract 6” and round up to the next foot. Order that length cable.







Teleflex Safe-T / Quick Disconnect II Cable, SSC62XX
Teleflex SSC-124 Standard Rack Steering Cables, SSC124XX
Teleflex Safe-T / Quick Disconnect II Cable, SSC62XX

Brand New with Factory Warranty

List Price: $US 209.00
Our Price: $US 139.00

Teleflex SSC-124 Standard Rack Steering Cables, SSC124XX

Brand New with Factory Warranty

List Price: $US 309.00
Our Price: $US 189.00

Teleflex Tfxtreme Rack & Pinion Back Mount System Cable, SSC154XX
Uflex M86 Universal Rack/Pinion Cable M86X10
Teleflex Tfxtreme Rack & Pinion Back Mount System Cable, SSC154XX

Brand New with Factory Warranty

List Price: $US 299.00
Our Price: $US 159.00

Uflex M86 Universal Rack/Pinion Cable M86X10

Brand New with Factory Warranty

List Price: $US 259.00
Our Price: $US 199.00

Uflex M66 QC Rotary Replacement Steering Cable M66X10
Teleflex Back HPS Mt/NFB Dual Replacement Cable, SSC135XX
Uflex M66 QC Rotary Replacement Steering Cable M66X10

Brand New with Factory Warranty

List Price: $US 259.00
Our Price: $US 199.00

Teleflex Back HPS Mt/NFB Dual Replacement Cable, SSC135XX

Brand New with Factory Warranty

List Price: $US 438.00
Our Price: $US 349.00

Teleflex Back Mount Single Rack Helm, Single or Dual Cable Sh5210P, Uses SSC134 Cable
Teleflex Back Mount Single Rack Helm, Single or Dual Cable Sh5210P, Uses SSC134 Cable

Brand New with Factory Warranty

List Price: $US 68.99
Our Price: $US 59.00


Selection of Uflex mechanical steering system and cable length

 • Speed, hull, horsepower, engine type,displacement and size are major factors in boat performance and handling characteristics. The above selection guide should be used as a general reference only.
 • One of the major factors in selecting a steering system is proper cable length. Due to specific routing in each boat, these approximate lengths will vary. Final selection should be made with the assistance of a qualified technician.

• Ultraflex mechanical steering systems should not be used on boats equipped with engines that exceed the maximum horsepower rating of the boat.
 

APPLICATIONS BOAT LENGTH STEERING SYSTEM  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ultraflex hydraulic
steering systems
are recommended
for boats that
exceed 50 mph.
Always follow
engine
manufacturer’s
instructions








 

OUTBOARD

 

 

 

 


 

up to 30’ (9m) T71FC - T81FC
T73NRFC - T83NRFC
T91 - T93ZT
T101 - T103ZT
G86 - G88NR
G96 - G98NR
Twin cable rotary
steering systems
INBOARD

 

 

 

up to 35’ (10.5m) T71FC - T81FC
T73NRFC - T83NRFC
T91 - T93ZT
T101 - T103ZT
G86 - G88NR
G96 - G98NR
Twin cable rotary
steering systems
STERNDRIVE

POWER ASSISTED

 


 


 
T91 - T101
T71FC - T81FC
G86 - G96
Twin cable rotary
steering systems

 

NOTE: Sterndrive engines not equipped with power steering can create very high steering loads. Our hydraulic steering systems are recommended for these type of boats. For any further information please contact our Technical Service Department.

 

HOW TO MEASURE CABLE

Add. A + B + C and subtract 10 cm (4”) for each 90° bend in the cable.
For installation through the engine tilt tube, add 30,5 cm (1 ft) to the measure calculated above.
To order in foot length, divide by 30,5 and round off to next whole
foot.

Fig.1

 

Fig.2

 

Fig.3

TILT TUBE MOUNTING - Fig. 1

Example (dimensions in cm):
A (50) + B (250) + C (80) = 380 - 20 for two 90° bends = 360 + 30,5
For a thru-tube installation 390,5 cm : 30,5 = 12,8 ft; round off to 13 fit

TRANSOM SUPPORT OR SPLASHWELL MOUNTING - Fig. 2-3
Example (dimensions in cm):
A (50) + B (250) + C (80) = 380 - 20 for two 90° bends = 360: 30,5 = 11,8 ft; round off to 12 fF
 
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