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Teleflex Big T Helm is a mechanical steering system made for both single and dual station capability (ie- 1 or 2 steering locations.) Recommended for outboard and inboard boats to 34 feet. The Big T is also suitable with stern drive boats equipped with power assisted steering. The tension system is recommended for high performance single or twin engine boats with maximum of 235 HP. Helm has standard corrosion resistant stainless steel output ends and travels from lock to lock with 3 turns. Meets A.B.Y.C. standards and N.M.M.A. certification requirements
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Steering helm requires bezel kit, cable assembly and connection kit
System uses Teleflex SSC61 ( QC II ) and Standard SSC72 Cables
I've got a 1996 Fortier 26' with 240 HP Yanmar inboard diesel. My steering wheel moves about 1 1/2" before the rudder moves. This summer my steering cable froze up and I could only steer in one direction. I think I should replace both helm and cable. I have the "Big T" helm which I see is available from Jamestown distributors. My old cable is 18' and has the number SS07218 on it. I can't find a replacement cable with this number. Any ideas?
Bert,I had the same issue this summer as you did. The core of my cable snapped internally, and I could only turn one direction when the ends of the broken cable met and pushed but would not pull.I have a 21' Pro-Line Cuddy Cabin with 115hp Yamaha. I replaced my old Teleflex steering unit (internal gear drive stripped)3 years ago with a Tel-SH-5000P "Big T" Single Station Push-Pull. At that time my old 18' cable inserted and screwed on OK. But the newer "Big T"'s that are now sold have a "quick connect" cable fitting and thus the newer cable is different. The old style screw-on cable SS07218 seems to be no longer available unless some marina just happens to have one on the shelf.Instead purchase the SSC6218 cable (~$100) with the SA27620P quick connect adapter (~$15). You should be able to purchase the SSC6118 kit which includes both the cable and adapter. (Double check the part #'s as I am reading from notes that I took after researching this in July-2015).If you have any questions, call Teleflex directly (look up the tel # on the internet .. JD will not allow me to post it). They were very helpful to me. Good luck!
WILLIAM C. UNGER III
The cable you need for the Big T helm is TEL-SSC6218.
Teleflex Big-T Replacement after 26 Year
This is a replacement unit for one that was originally installed on my 1986 Pro-Line. It never indicated any trouble until one day when the steering wheel froze to one position while driving up the river. I had to yank hard to get any turning, but only left turn or straight ahead. Upon disassemble, I found that the steering shaft gear had sheared several teeth which then jammed into the teeth of the larger cable drive gear. Also, the thin plastic bushings had self destructed over the years, which may allowed the gears to engage slightly out of alignment, thus causing the final self destruction. No repair was possible since Teleflex does not appear to have any rebuild kits. It would have been an easy service item to have replaced the plastic bushings years earlier. But overall, 26 years is a pretty decent service life! Glad it did not happen offshore, though!
This was a replacement after 27 years
the replacement was the exact same as the original. It was a perfect fit. The functionality was exactly as expected.