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  • Too loose steering but different motor

    I mean my steering is if you let go of the steering wheel the motor turns to either side very fast and it has no resistance. Ive searched the clymers manual and all the other sources with no help from any of them. Im just wondering how to tighten up the steering on a 1986 force 85 model #856x6l. Thanks for any and all help Petej I have searched the motor up and down but I cant find anyway to tighten it up
    Last edited by pete j; October 4th, 2017, 08:41 PM. Reason: forgot to add
    Lompoc california 1986 force 85856X6L

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    That model?? the steering wheel might have a tension nut on the bottom of it.
    ​Look at the bottom of the bezel where it meets the dash, it might have a hole in it or maybe even the screw.
    No hole? loosen the bezel and see if there is an adjustment screw??
    Let us know?


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    • #3
      Took steering wheel off pulled the plastic part and there is nothing to tighten. No screws no nothing. Its a teleflex part. Hope I never fall asleep at the wheel or any other unforseen problems, Id be doing some hardcore donuts . And thanks for the advice and maybe I just need to dunk it in saltwater that always tightens things up
      Last edited by pete j; October 7th, 2017, 07:49 PM. Reason: cause I can
      Lompoc california 1986 force 85856X6L

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      • #4
        I saw a motor with 2 heavy duty black rubber bungee cords holding the motor in place.
        One on each side.
        It would turn and come back straight when the wheel is let loose.


        Buy American made Cars and Trucks!!!Towing insurance for a boat,a GREAT thing.
        ​Tools to make my life easier: Battery tester, die grinder, temp.gun, compression tester, DVA meter.

        In Scenic , Beautiful San Sebastian by the sea Florida

        88 Bayliner 21CC 2001 Mercury 225 HP EFI

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        • #5
          Thats funny but I would do it if i had to or maybe just put in a kill switch
          Lompoc california 1986 force 85856X6L

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          • #6
            Kill switch is a good item to have, if it's used???
            Depending on the boat model??
            ​The early 86 didn't use a kill switch, sometime during that year they started putting them in the system.


            Buy American made Cars and Trucks!!!Towing insurance for a boat,a GREAT thing.
            ​Tools to make my life easier: Battery tester, die grinder, temp.gun, compression tester, DVA meter.

            In Scenic , Beautiful San Sebastian by the sea Florida

            88 Bayliner 21CC 2001 Mercury 225 HP EFI

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            • #7
              I dont have one on this boat but all my other ones did. Its just like you say though if its used and I dont ever remember putting on the leash
              Lompoc california 1986 force 85856X6L

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              • #8
                I have a 1988 center console, it came with twin motors..
                ​It came with kill buttons on the motors.
                One of the first things I did was disable the switch.
                ​They were a poor design and the lanyard would fall off of the port motor.
                Thankfully I never had a problem with needing the switch

                ​I repowered and the 2002 Mercury doesn't have a kill system in the wiring harness??????


                Buy American made Cars and Trucks!!!Towing insurance for a boat,a GREAT thing.
                ​Tools to make my life easier: Battery tester, die grinder, temp.gun, compression tester, DVA meter.

                In Scenic , Beautiful San Sebastian by the sea Florida

                88 Bayliner 21CC 2001 Mercury 225 HP EFI

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                • #9
                  I just ordered a kill switch today. Its the kind were you fall over or something else the lanyard pulls out and motor stops. sure wish there was a better way of fixing the steering than bungie cords though that really is my main concern.
                  Lompoc california 1986 force 85856X6L

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                  • #10
                    Look on Ebay for a true course steering set up. They have a thumb screw on the bottom of the bezel and this allows you to tighten up the steering. Are you running a rack system? You would only need the upper part of the rack, the small round gear section with the bezel and all. You should also be able to keep your steering wheel. With one of these a person can also tighten it up idle along in a straight line.

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                    • #11
                      Only two places for slack to apoear. At the helm or at the motor. Manually twist the motor and see if there is looseness at the motor. If not, fix the helm.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks KBH I will find that today and I believe its a rack system but not sure , It does not have gears you can see. Silvertip I dont have any slack but thanks for the info. Its not a rack just found that out on ebay
                        Last edited by pete j; October 11th, 2017, 09:05 AM. Reason: oops
                        Lompoc california 1986 force 85856X6L

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                        • #13
                          Pete J does your steering look something like this? This ones an OMC but others have them.

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                          • #14
                            If it doesn't look like this, you have the rotary system.

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                            • #15
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                              I have the rotary system and I just put in a new cable or I would put in the rack. Thanks for the pics
                              Lompoc california 1986 force 85856X6L

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