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Old 11-08-2019, 10:02 AM
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I'm re-powering my 1994 Albemarle 247 Express that is equipped with a Volvo 570A/290DP. The original steering system was a Uflex cable helm up front driving the Volvo power steering hydraulic actuator PN # 852741 at the back. I'm replacing the whole system, including the helm, with a hydraulic system and a Furuno autopilot. That will do away with the engine driven PS pump and the uflex helm.

The problem is we're having trouble finding the correct hydraulic actuator that will replace the Volvo 852741 actuator. I tried contacting Volvo directly but it's virtually impossible to actually speak with a Volvo engineer. I have no doubt there is an actuator made that will direct replace this part but I'm having trouble finding it.

Has anyone been through this and can you give me a part number or offer any suggestions? Here is a picture of the mounting bracket.



Thanks guys!
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This is what Dorado did. Just aluminum angle instead of the Volvo bracket. Not sure if they used the "factory" cylinder or not but these cylinders are cheap - guess that answers the question about it being factory or not
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Hi JT - what cylinder did they use? Do you know who manufactured it and a part number? Thank you for responding!
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It's a bimba 500. I've googled it before and it was below $200 for the length needed (~9" travel for my set up if I recall correctly). Keep in mind that this is an unbalanced system. I plan to put in a double acting cylinder to get a balanced system in the near future. You may want to consider that route too since you are starting from scratch almost.
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Originally Posted by JayTee View Post
It's a bimba 500. I've googled it before and it was below $200 for the length needed (~9" travel for my set up if I recall correctly). Keep in mind that this is an unbalanced system. I plan to put in a double acting cylinder to get a balanced system in the near future. You may want to consider that route too since you are starting from scratch almost.
Thank you very much JT - we'll have a look at that.

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