I bought at a fair price a hydraulic steering system for my boat. It was delivered on time and it was just as the listing said. Thanks for a good honest deal. R A Turner.
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Installing system was a breeze
April 15, 2015
Charles aka Wildcat Dude on BBC
from Smyrna TN
On my Mercury 60hp 4 stroke, installation was a breeze. The only hard part was the console backing plate on the Tracker PT175TF. My buddy used a Rockwell tool to go around the rim of the recessed area and then we removed the Tracker backing plate. My buddy then made me a new backing plate.
We did not have to disassemble the cylinder as it was perfectly centered just as it was out of the box. Old Steering system easily removed and bleeding was just a little messy but not bad.
Directions are very good but read carefully. I cut the top out of the fill oil bottle, so we could pour back in the oil once we were done bleeding the cylinder at the back and before we started bleeding the helm.
The helm took longer to bleed than the cylinder did in our case. We kept rotating the steering wheel back and forth until NO air whatsoever was evident going to the fill bottle.
So far the best purchase for my boat. The cable system should have been the first item that was replaced when I bought the boat new. Very easy installation with the help of a friend. Motor torque in the steering is gone with better steering/handling with no fatigue with long runs on the water. The only thing missing that this kit needed was a back plate for the helm to mount too behind the dash for more helm stability as my console is a formed plastic and the factory hole for the steering is a little bigger than the helm hole is required. Built my own back plate and it works perfect. Would highly recommend to anyone that still has the cable system, you won’t be disappointed. 2006 BASS Tracker 17.5 TF w/75 hp Mercury FourStroke