10. Lubricate the tilt tube, support
rods, and mounting nut, and slip the
rods into the tilt tube. Attach the fluid
hoses to the cylinder assembly.
11: Attach the bleeder hose provided,
and direct it to an overflow container
at the transom.
12: Remove the filler plug from the top
of the helm. Fill, using the hose and
fluid provided in the kits, while you
swing the wheel to starboard and to
port to fill and bleed the lines on each
side, as your helper handles the opening and closing of the respective ports
back at the cylinder. Perform a system
check by turning the wheel hard over
to hard over to confirm hose clearance
and unrestricted movement at each
level of tilt.
You’re done! Get out on the water, perform
a sea trial, and enjoy your new hydraulic
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7. Attach the hydraulic hoses
running from the transom to the
8. Put the helm into position from
behind the dash panel and secure the
mounting bolts. Be sure the viewing/
filling port is at the top, facing up.
Reinstall the steering wheel.
9. Familiarize yourself with the
cylinder-mounting procedure at the
motor, noting where to attach each
steering hose to synch the direction
of the wheel swing with the proper
deflection of the outboard. Have a
helper ready for the mounting of the
cylinder and for filling the system
with hydraulic fluid. Mount the cylinder assembly to the outboard steering bracket using the stainless-steel
bolt and locknut provided.