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How To Measure Steering Cables

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“Measure Twice. Order Once.”

New Installation:

Measure cable routing path from wheel center line to engine connection, as follows:

A = Center line of wheel to gunwale (or deck, if routed downward),
B = Dash to transom,
C = Gunwale to centerline of cable connection at centered tiller.

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A single-cable, starboard drive push-pull mechanical cable system is shown in this diagram. If your mechanical system is different than the one depicted and/or you have any questions about mechanical steering after reviewing this guide, please contact iboats.com Customer Service at 1-800-914-1123 or www.iboats.com.

Cable routings (such as those found on pontoon boats) may vary from this drawing. Confirm length by laying a garden hose or similar object) along cable path and measure run from wheel to engine connection point.

For Cable Installations through the Engine Tilt Tube: Add A, B & C + 6", then round up to the next foot. Order that length cable.

For Cables Mounted to Transom, Splashwell or Stringer: Add A, B & C, then subtract 6" and round up to the next foot. Order that length cable.

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Replacement of Existing Cables:

If possible, find the part number stamped on the plastic jacket of the old cable. If you removed the old cable, measure for the replacement cable as follows:


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For Rotary Steering Cable Replacement, Measure Existing Cable as follows: Measure plastic cable jacket (“Y” dimension, shown in above drawing) in inches, add 18”, and round up to next foot. Order that length cable.

For Rack Steering Cable Replacement, Measure Existing Cable as follows: Measure plastic cable jacket (“Y” dimension shown in above drawing) in inches, add 30”, and round up to next foot. Order that length cable.

For JBS Jet Boat Cable Replacement, Measure Existing Cable as follows: Measure old cable from tip to tip. (Round up to next foot if needed for whole foot.) Order that length cable.

Well, that just about wraps it up. As always, for all your boating needs visit us at www.iboats.com.

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