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Old 08-03-2016, 03:44 PM
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I have a 2008 mercury 90hp 2 stroke, the shift cables were covered in a flexible black plastic, I removed plastic an found this , my question is does it need to be replaced now or can it wait till this fall, can I do this myself I am mechanical ok I change impeller lower unit oil. is this a hard install , do I need to have a pro do it an if so does anyone know a round a bout price, thanks for any info.
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Old 08-03-2016, 04:06 PM
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I'd change it before it leaves you stranded. Cable should cost $75 to $100. Couple of hours to change. It isn't brain surgery.
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Old 08-03-2016, 04:12 PM
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thanks, im going to try to find some new ones , just wanting to make sure they wasn't something I didn't know, didn't want to get in over my head.
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Old 08-03-2016, 04:18 PM
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Are the wires that make up the casing broken? If not run it, keep a couple small hose clamps and a splint on board if it makes you feel better. Run it. Buy the cable and fix it when you can. The fix is easy and affordable.
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Old 08-03-2016, 04:28 PM
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yea there rusty an brittle , I would think they would last longer , is there a brand that's is better than others.
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Old 08-03-2016, 05:08 PM
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yea there rusty an brittle , I would think they would last longer , is there a brand that's is better than others.
Go mercury or teleflex, stay away from sierra. I would go for the heavier duty cables; red jacket or the extremes if I went with teleflex.
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Old 08-03-2016, 11:29 PM
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If you need to make any bends tighter than 8" diameter , look at the Teleflex Xtreme, Ultraflex or CableCraft Blue Max Light Duty ( a lot stronger than that sounds.) all are well made & I believe will handle down to 4 " bends as well as better service with multiple bends.
FWIW- I have the CableCraft Blue Max (Light Duty) control cables and love them after removing the Teleflex Xtremes after 1 frustrating yr. ( multiple very tight bends from lower helm control to tower console controls. ) Still great smooth performance after many years now.

With any of these you would need the correct cable ends to match those on your Merc's cables for attachment at control and engine ends.
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Old 08-04-2016, 02:09 AM
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It depends. The first shift cable I ever replaced was on a small 16' boat
with easy access under the gunnels. I was able to go buy a replacement,
make the change, and still go skiing the same day, a couple of
hours later.

Since then I've done it a couple more times. These were harder and took longer
b/c the cables went thru the gunnel, in and out of holes and up into the console.

Just opening the shift/throttle control box may be a challenge if you are not
familiar with it. After the cables are replaced, they will need adjustment to get them
to work like the old ones did. There are tricks, like counting the number of
turns the nuts take to come off and then repeating that number when going
back on.

I would look into the schematics of your control box and plan your job carefully,
but nothing says you will not run into complications as the job progresses.

The alternative is to chance it. I've had them break on the water twice.
I had to be towed once, the other time I was close to the launching ramp.

I think a helping hand would be a good idea, but first research the job.
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Old 08-04-2016, 02:59 AM
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will both cables be the same length an have same type ends.
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Old 08-06-2016, 07:47 AM
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thanks for replys got new cables an knocked it out in 2 hours.
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