The Boating Forum - Installing hydraulic steering
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Thinking of changing over from Teleflex cable to the Seastar hydraulic steering system and doing the work myself. I'm guessing others on this forum have done it. How big a task is it?
03-04-2006, 09:20 AM
Not that difficult. Trickiest part is adding the hydraulic fluid and bleeding the lines which definitely requires 2 sets of hands
03-04-2006, 11:16 AM
No big deal.
getting th old cable out was no charm either
03-04-2006, 12:01 PM
Not a whole lot more than changing cables out !
03-04-2006, 08:43 PM
On mine I had to cut what seemed like hundreds of zip ties that held various wires to the steering cable as a support, and fish the steering cable out of the boat. I found it was beneficial to cut off the big connector end at the engine so I didn't have to fish it through the holes. Next hassel was the dash, the hole had to be bigger, so I had to attach a piece of wood behind the dash to act as a pilot for the hole saw to make the hole a little larger. After that it was all straight forward, and I enlisted the aid of the wife (no mechanic by any measure) to help with the bleeding/filling chore, and have enjoyed hydraulic steering immensely ever since. Seems like every boat should have it! Seemed like a pretty straight forward DIY project that can save you significant gas money... Teleflex sent good instructions with the kit.
03-04-2006, 09:16 PM
Installation instructions can be downloaded from Teleflex website. Easy weekend project.