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How to replace Reverse Gate cable

Discussion in 'Member Tips and Ideas' started by Julian, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. Ilmmct

    Ilmmct Jet Boat Addict

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    Yep ... I am the mechanically challenged brother. My brother with the skills is in NJ. He would have this thing apart and fixed by now.
     
  2. fairpilot

    fairpilot Jet Boat Addict

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    Job completed in great timing, replaced both steering and Reverse cables. I must give Julian and others a great big thanks for making this job easy, had both steering and reverse changed in 5 hrs. All working smooth as glass. Cant wait to get it in the water for a real test.
     
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  3. Julian

    Julian Jetboaters Fleet Admiral Staff Member Administrator

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    Glad it went smoothly! Where did you get the cables and how much were they?
     
  4. Scuba_ref

    Scuba_ref Jetboaters Lieutenant

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    I'll be attempting this exact update in a couple of weeks. Got the cables now just need to get the boat back from the glass shop - they are fixing the rotten floor issue around the table receiver in the cockpit floor.
     
  5. fairpilot

    fairpilot Jet Boat Addict

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    I purchased the steering cables at Marine Parts Source for $121 for starboard (part #TF-SSC21918 and $123 for Port (part#TF-SSC21919)
    I Purchased the Reverse gate cables at iboats.com Part # CCX63317 $38.53 each

    These were for 2006 SX 230, if you have 2007 or later i believe the part numbers will be different
     
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  6. Rick Owens

    Rick Owens Active Member

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  7. Rick Owens

    Rick Owens Active Member

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    I am fixing to replace my cable. How do you tell the difference between the front and back of the cable? They look the same to me.
     
  8. Julian

    Julian Jetboaters Fleet Admiral Staff Member Administrator

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    There was ZERO difference in the cable ends of the cables I bought and installed. I have a feeling for older models there might have been. (the text in lower case was my quote of the original directions that I used)
     
  9. Julian

    Julian Jetboaters Fleet Admiral Staff Member Administrator

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    I have updated the original post to clarify that there was no difference in cable ends on my 2005 cables.
     
  10. fairpilot

    fairpilot Jet Boat Addict

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    Replaced mine there was no difference though i did spend 30 minutes inventing things i thought were different ;)
     
  11. Scuba_ref

    Scuba_ref Jetboaters Lieutenant

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    Bummer, I installed mine backwards and took them out to do it right!;)
     
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  12. TommyMcK

    TommyMcK New Member

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    This thread saved me a ton of dough. I tried living with super stiff shifting (had to literally punch the throttles to get them out of neutral, which made for some exciting dock experiences) but eventually the port side cable busted. Oddly, the shaft at the binnacle end broke clean in half. I'd have thought that the plastic parts would have busted first.

    Anyway, it took about two hours to change out both shift cables armed with the information from this thread. The only things that I would add are:

    1. I found that it was easier to run the cable from outside in. On the recommendations here, I did the port cable from the binnacle back but found it very difficult to make the final bend out through the hull. The bend was just a bit too much given the length of the shaft at the end of the cable. I managed it, but it was a pain. I did the starboard side in the opposite direction and found it easier to grasp the cable end and pull it around the obstructions at the stern of the boat. I'm sure that the details vary depending on the year of the boat though, so I can't say that my experience is universal.

    2. On my boat, the clean-out access hole was small enough that it took real dedication to get my arm in far enough to reach the through-hull holes. See if you can find a kid or gal to help out. Otherwise, expect some scrapes.

    I'd have never tackled this without the info in this thread. Thanks a bunch. For what it's worth, I think that I didn't quite get the gate adjustment quite right. The starboard throttle vibrates at speed. I'm pretty sure that this is just because the gate isn't raised entirely out of the flow in forward. No biggie. It's a 2 minute adjustment next time I go out.

    Thanks again...
     
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  13. Tom Duignan

    Tom Duignan New Member

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    I'm about to change both gate cables and both steering cables on a Yamaha SX210, (year 2010). this forum was a great help! Thank You
     
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  14. Julian

    Julian Jetboaters Fleet Admiral Staff Member Administrator

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    Feel free to post up any questions if you have any....we are here to help!
     
  15. Tom Duignan

    Tom Duignan New Member

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    OK, Thanks. While I am waiting for the new steering and gate/reverse cables to be delivered, I decided to remove the old ones. It appears that the steering cables should be removed, with cord attached, by pulling them towards the bow. It appears that the reverse cable should be removed by pulling towards the stern because of the respective end connections. Is this correct? Also, does anyone know the size of the nut outside the stern that locks in the steering cable? Is it SAE or metric? I'm not at the boat right now and want to bring correct tools because it's difficult to reach with the jet pump in the way.

    Thank You,

    Tom
     
  16. Julian

    Julian Jetboaters Fleet Admiral Staff Member Administrator

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    I've only done the reverse gate cables....I don't think it makes any difference which way you pull them. That said, I pulled mine towards the stern. If you have 2 people it is pretty simple. Don't recall what the sizes were of the nuts....
     
  17. Tom Duignan

    Tom Duignan New Member

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    [QUOTE="Julian, post: 264552, ]I've only done the reverse gate cables....I don't think it makes any difference which way you pull them. That said, I pulled mine towards the stern. If you have 2 people it is pretty simple. Don't recall what the sizes were of the nuts....[/QUOTE]

    Yes, I got one reverse cable out that way and it was easy. The steering cables have an approximate four or five-inch stainless steel shaft on the end that attaches to the steering box and I think that rigid shaft would make it difficult to snake through the path it must go if I try to bring it out through the stern so I'm going to try pulling it out from the box going towards the bow so the shaft is out first. As for the nut size, I guess I'll just bring every wrench that I have! I'll post when I get the cables.

    Thanks again,
    Tom
     
  18. Bruce

    Bruce Jetboaters Fleet Admiral Staff Member Administrator

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    I pulled mine from the stern to the console. I changed both steering and reverse bucket cables. The difference in control was huge. I would recommend that everyone change both.
     
  19. Tom Duignan

    Tom Duignan New Member

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    Yes, I got one reverse cable out that way and it was easy. The steering cables have an approximate four or five-inch stainless steel shaft on the end that attaches to the steering box and I think that rigid shaft would make it difficult to snake through the path it must go if I try to bring it out through the stern so I'm going to try pulling it out from the box going towards the bow so the shaft is out first. As for the nut size, I guess I'll just bring every wrench that I have! I'll post when I get the cables.

    Thanks again,
    Tom[/QUOTE]
     
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  20. Tom Duignan

    Tom Duignan New Member

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    [/QUOTE]

    Wow, just realized that my earlier question about the size of the nut outside the steering cable was already addressed on page one. It is a 7/8 and the gentleman used what he called a "pass through socket". My apology to the author.

    Tom
     
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