Viking Steering

Hi Randy,

I have a 77 Viking with a 78 Merc 175, The boat has not seen water in several years and I have a major restoration project on hand, mostly cosmetic on the hull, the Merc runs, but could use a rebuild.  First, I have the original dual cable steering with a Kiekhaefer Mercury steering helm and opposing cables. The port side cable is frozen and I need to replace it, the problem is that my local Merc dealer can not find a cable that will fit my older steering system.  I would hate to change the entire system, does Teleflex or anyone make a cable that will fit this older system?   Also, would the Viking benefit with a jackplate and setback, and do you have any suggestions on setup for my stream?

Blake Kaz,  Richmond VA



The original steering system is still available. I just sent 2 cables to Dave Casper. Yours might have something weird in it though. You can get an entire system for not much more that 2 cables. Don't replace just one or you’ll kick yourself later. A setback will only benefit you with very good props and a very strong motor. 2 inches up on the transom and a 26 chopper will run 78mph the way it is. See if you can find a part number on the old cable. That will get this started. Let me know what speeds you saw and with what prop and I can tell you what I would do next.




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