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  1. Now you're lying.Everyone knows youngsters and teenagers wake up at 3pm.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚Excellent as always my friend.
  2. I bet he was a tradesman also.πŸ˜‰
  3. Teleflex is the go.Make it a habit of turning the wheel from lock to lock every now and again while it's sitting there and store your boat with the steering ram retracted too. Hopefully you get many more years from this one.
  4. You only replaced it 2 yrs ago.Should last year's longer than that.I would of cleaned it out and relubed then invested the $120 else where.
  5. Old stuff with a 2yr old helm shouldn't do that.Helms should last decades.Somethings amiss buy we don't have x-ray vision.The Helm is either faulty/broken or the issue on the engine side.Tilt tube,bushes,etc,swivel bracket. Don't stress as anything can be fixed with detective work on your part,time and some money.
  6. This is what I've always done.Here is a common issue with the boating public at one time or another,the stiff steering/throttle etc caused by neglected cables and moisture getting in them or worse totally frozen and unable to move freely. Im maintaining a teleflex steering cable hear but this method works on cables ranging from bicycle brakes to hand brakes on cars,trust me I've used it on everything and do all my outboards cables like I'm about to document. What I like to do is disconnect the cable from the outboard side and the helm side leaving the cable in place and force feeding transmission fluid through the cable using an adapter I have made up using compressed air to clean and lubricate the cable. As alot of you guys don't have access to a compressor for demonstration purposes I have totally removed my cable and used a small portable air matress inflator to achieve the same thing. Years ago I used a tyre valve contraption and even hanging the cable up vertically with a funnel attached and gravity feeding the trans fluid will work but much slower. The first step is to undo the drag link retaining nut as shown here and thread the 2 washers and nut back on the thread so that they don't get lost-If the outboard moves freely by hand it indicates that the bushings are in working order and lubed,if its stiff you need to pay attention to the pivot bushings. If the helm is stiff there's an issue with the cable or the helm itself,if it moves freely it indicates a helm and cable in good order. Next you want to remove the plastic nut from the tilt tube,be carefull there's an o ring inside that's suppose to stop water/moisture entering- The plastic nut showing the o ring that lives inside- Now remove this large locknut for the steering cable- With the locknut removed you can start sliding the ram out of the tilt tube- You can see the oil has become emulsified if you look closely,only one thing can cause this-Water. Here the ram has been removed further and you can clearly see the contaminated sludge on the ram- Inside the tilt tube is the same,rust coloured sludge- Here I've wrapped some emery cloth around a steel bar to use with brake cleaner to clean out the tilt tube- You can see the rusty colour of the rag I've placed under the tilt tube opening(Why manufacturers don't make the tilt tubes out of stainless I don't know)Maybe I'll fit stainless to mine. This image shows the ram starting to rust- A bit of a sand with emery cloth and it's like new again- Ram cleaned up with brake clean and rag- Tilt tube nice and clean also ready for assembly later- Now that we have the outboard end all disconnected and cleaned up it's time to move onto disconnecting the cable at the helm. This is a shot of the helm where you need to first remove this R clip- Now you need to push this pin in with a small screwdriver or similar to unlock the cable and pull on the cable to pop it free- The cable is driven by a worm gear inside the helm which feeds the cable out of it's housing automatically by turning the steering wheel to starboard you'll see it feed itself out- Once the cable comes all the way out of the helm it's simply a matter of feeding the cable back along the Gunnel and completely removing it from the boat- Ok it's time to clean out the old gunk from the cable and lubricate its entire length with fresh transmission fluid. On the helm end of the cable I've attached a 3/4 diameter piece of hose around 2 foot long using a hose clamp- You want to hold the open end of this hose vertical,Here I've utilised the garage roller door track and wedged the hose in the channel(fits like a glove)- Now add approximately 200ml of transmission fluid into the hose(don't worry any excess just pours back into the bottle later)- Here's the portable pump I'm using to force the transmission fluid through the entire length of the cable until it comes out the outboard end of the cable for this demonstration(If you have compressed air,use it)- Now attach the pump to the open end of the hose with another clamp as shown- Place something to catch the oil coming out of the outboard end of the cable,here I've used a bucket lid- All you need to do now is turn on the pump and work the outboard end of the cable in/out by hand for a few minutes until fresh transmission fluid comes out indicating that the cable is now clean and lubed throughout its entire length as shown here- I've now got a clean and lubed cable ready to install back on the boat- Now it's a matter of feeding the freshly refurbished cable back up the gunnel- The cable coming out under the dash- Now you need to feed the cable into the helm and turn the steering to port to feed the cable all the way into the helm as shown- Once the cable is pulled all the way into place it will automatically lock in place by the pin you depressed at the beginning and then install the R clip you removed- Now that the helm end is finished its time to re-install the outboard end making sure you use transmission fluid in the tilt tube,anti seize on the threaded locknut and loctite on the drag link nut and your done. Hopefully this aids those of you that have cable issues and want to maintain them. You can use marine grease,lithium grease in the tilt tube if you want but nothing lubricates the cable like tranny fluid in my experience. Cheers. https://www.fishraider.com.au/topic/79244-maintaining-your-boats-cables-and-grease-points/?do=findComment&comment=569204
  7. My results when it's a bit quiet,when 10,000 fisherman are 2 foot away filling up eskies,when it's summer,autumn,winter,spring,high tide,low tide,mid tide,day,arvo,night. When I'm sitting at home day in,day out,week in, week out,month over month thinking of fishing. When there's a moon,no moon,new moon. And most importantly my results when Yowie has a piece of old mono with a hook in it tied to his big toe dangling it over the side catching fish like that. My results never change. Argh,yep I'm consistently a πŸ’© fisherman. Well done once again Yowie.
  8. Sorry, I make my own back lapping paste using various grits.Still laughing.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚Works excellent.That's my garnet variety.πŸ˜‚
  9. Another one of my inventions when I've run out.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  10. I live in Macarthur.That sounds like a Macarthian latin name that's not a nice person..πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  11. Thanks mate.A simple idea for a simple job.I agree with what your saying mate.That's how you learn. Doing things yourself you can do them in the comfort of your own home when you want and take as long as you want.You also know 100% what you did and didn't do.
  12. Agree 1000% mate.We are being programmed to use our brains less and less .You either want to learn and expand your mind/knowledge or you don't.
  13. That's what I'm talking about.Brilliant idea!!! I would of went a step further and used that Motorola as a hammer.πŸ˜‚
  14. Love how you hung your reels mate.Smart thinking 99.πŸ‘
  15. Thank you very much for your kind offer mate.I could have gone and bought one today but the tool shop was closed at 4am when I changed the boot so I made one.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚I now have a tool to do it next time in 20yrs when I'll need to do it again.🀣🀣. Thanks again Frank. Being creative and having a go is how you learn and become good at what you do.Having a trade doesn't mean you're any good. I know and have seen plenty that are as useless as anything yet they are tradies on paper.
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