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installing cable around the steering drum 13 Jun 2018 19:54 #85775

sgower wrote: Ray, Always has the cool stuff...



Sloth (Chris) gave me the one I have, I am going to try it on my Flyer to see if I can run the cables a bit tighter to try to cut down on high speed chine walking :woohoo:

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installing cable around the steering drum 13 Jun 2018 18:03 #85771

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installing cable around the steering drum 12 Jun 2018 23:31 #85760

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hey Ray, what drum are you showing.........i have only seen the double split drum, for lack of better words.....that looks more like an industrial usage.........and makes total sence for non slippage.......

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installing cable around the steering drum 10 Jun 2018 22:33 #85724

This is how your pulley should be wrapped;



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installing cable around the steering drum 10 Jun 2018 18:50 #85721

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John, I think you were right about not having the original drum. I tried all different suggestions and nothing would work. Looking at the pulley inline with the drum there is a big difference.

SO OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW!!!

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installing cable around the steering drum 10 Jun 2018 02:06 #85708

Marc, there should be a spot in the middle of the drum where you can thread the cable through to the middle of the drum. Once you have the drum in the middle of the cable, wrap the forward part of the drum 3 wraps only, that will let you take the cable to the starboard side pulley. Then do the same with the rearward section of the drum and wrap it in the direction of the port pulley with only 3 wraps! Take some duct tape and wrap the drum so the cable will not com off. This will let you thread the rest of the cable back to the motor, so you don't pull your hair out when the cable keeps unwinding! Hope this helps you!

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installing cable around the steering drum 10 Jun 2018 01:54 #85707

Marc, John/Boatboy IS correct ! Your cable must start in the middle of the drum and wind out to the edges, there should only be 3 wraps for each side, so to speak! And the cable needs to have both sides to come off of the top of drum and go to the pulleys. If it's clear as mud give me a call! 602-799-2003

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Thanks guys, I will try some of these different options in the morning. .. and I will look into where the pulleys are lining up.

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installing cable around the steering drum 10 Jun 2018 00:27 #85705

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Try the wraps on the lower section of the bollard running to the starboard pulley and the upper section towards the port. That is where is looks like it wants to go anyway. Hopefully the port side will line up good too. If not you are going to have to move pulleys to get almost perfect alignment.

You are going to have to re wrap of course.

Just for giggles here is how I limped home one day when my steering wheel threads stripped out on a long solo cruise. As the wheel came loose I luckily had the presence of mind to reach up under the dash and grab the bollard with both hands. Photo taken at about 20 mph.

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installing cable around the steering drum 10 Jun 2018 00:13 #85704

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Both wraps should come off the top of the drum. From looking at your picture it looks like your pulleys are not located to line up with where your cables come off the drum, especially your starboard pulley. Most steering systems the cable starts in the middle of the drum and winds on toward the outside of the drum. Yours starts at the outside of the drum and ends up in the center of the drum. I'll bet that boat had the former style steering wheel drum on it when the pulleys were installed.

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