Vector Steering

Hello, I just bought a 1982 vector with a Johnson 200, it only has single cable rack and pinion style steering, its squirrelly as hell, I want to put dual cable, what inexpensive brand would you rec, rotary or rack and pinion style, for the time being how do you get the play out of a single cable unit, it has aprox, 1 inch both ways, a total of 2 inchs, once I get it up on the pad i cant control it. It chines bad, how do you drive thru it, will it come back on decell, it is a 17' vector maybe you could furnish me with some part numbers for the steering kit, keep in mind I really want to stay in the inexpensive range, for now. I am running a 24 pitch raker prop, the motor is in the second hole from the top, I raised it all the way up and it doesn’t chine as bad but the motor buzzer comes on, the boat pulls better in the second from the top hole, but after it gets on the pad it feels like it is gonna flip sideways, any help you could give would be greatly helpful, what rpm should the motor run at full throttle, and what speed could I expect, I also have a 23 by 14 1/4  and a 21 by 14 1/4.

Thank You Very Much

 Tim Simcox



Get the single cable out of the boat. Teleflex makes a rack and pinion system that is about 475 retail. It is a nice piece. The 24 raker should run 6000 plus if you can drive it. This is where the twin cable steering comes in. You can't get the play out of the single cable, it just can't be done. Make sure the water pump is good, as it sounds marginal. You should have no problem with water at the height you are trying. Take it slow and learn all the quirks of the boat. 




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