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    Default Loose steering

    loose steering... seems like I turn the wheel 1/8th to 1/4 before the boat actually start turning. Cable feels smooth. Is this an adjustment under the helm. or is it the.. stuffing box? And for either the box or the helm, how do you adjust? I know I need to grind on my rudder more, but this feels unrelated.
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    Have you had any luck resolving this problem?
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    I am having the same problem on my 2007 Mobius LS. Can anyone please help with this!?!?

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    So I've narowed the play or backlash to the fitting off of the strut through bolts that clamp the steering cable down. I've tightened them down with no change in the backlash at the steering wheel. (the clamp itself isn't static and allows some play, this transfers into backlass at the steering wheel) My next step is to see if there is an alternative steering cable clamp. Anyone else have any other conclusions?
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    It's hard to tell if your steering slop is normal or abnormal. A little play is usually normal though not desired by most serious boat drivers. Check out this thread as it explains a bit about steering "slop".

    http://www.amskierboats.com/forum/in...ic,2487.0.html


    Hopefully it's helpful..
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    there is a thread on here about someone doing a hydraulic steering conversion. now this is something that i would REALLY be interested in when time to replace my cable comes.
    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by phospher View Post
    It's hard to tell if your steering slop is normal or abnormal. A little play is usually normal though not desired by most serious boat drivers. Check out this thread as it explains a bit about steering "slop".

    http://www.amskierboats.com/forum/in...ic,2487.0.html


    Hopefully it's helpful..

    Thanks for the info. I have had boats in the past with tuned rudders. This is a different issue. I estimate 2 to 3 inches of play in the steering wheel. In some instances I can actually feel rudder catch when turning from left to right. My local dealership is the one who pointed me to the steering cable clamp toggle. I'd like to hear from one of the Skiers Choice engineers on how to address this. I've also checked Teleflex's website for some information and had not luck. I would also like to eliminate the steering cable chatter when throttling up too.

    Thanks,
    Mike
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    Quote Originally Posted by jikemones View Post
    Thanks for the info. I have had boats in the past with tuned rudders. This is a different issue. I estimate 2 to 3 inches of play in the steering wheel.
    Mike
    Wow, yep, I hear ya. That is way too much play! Good luck and let us know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jikemones View Post
    I'd like to hear from one of the Skiers Choice engineers on how to address this.
    Mike,

    You can try sending an email to jallen@skierschoice.com with your question.
    Drew
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    Quote Originally Posted by jikemones View Post
    So I've narowed the play or backlash to the fitting off of the strut through bolts that clamp the steering cable down.
    Jikemones, I'm not sure I understand what you are referring to here. Can you be a bit more specific about where this is at, what it is, and what you did? I have the exact same problem as you on my 07 LS.

    Thanks,

    Garn
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