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The Rack Mechanical Rack Steering System

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Traditional Mechanical steering is still the choice for sterndrives, inboards and other power assisted applications. It's just right for power steered boats in which No Feedback systems are not required. Teleflex's new Rack features the precision and comfort of four turns lock-to-lock with a cable and helm that install easily from behind the dash. In single cable configurations, this is the best 4-turn choice for power-steered boats.


Virtually all power-assisted sterndrive boats with steering wheels up to 16" diameter.

Back Mount Rack replaces 1984 - date Teleflex "The Rack" steering without dash modification.


  • Precise, easy 4 turns lock-to-lock.
  • Kits include: cable, helm, 90 degree bezel and hardware.
  • Standard 3/4" round tapered steering shaft.
  • Stainless steel cable output ends.
  • Fast, easy installation: back mount design allows quick placement in dash PLUS mounting hardware fits industry-standard Telefelx rack holes.
  • Meets A.B.Y.C. standards.
  • Meets N.M.M.A. certifiaction requirements.

Components are available for dual cable systems, but it is recommended to use No-FeedBack steering for all dual cable steered, non-power-assisted outboards and sterndrives.

How To Measure

How to Measure Steering Cables “Measure Twice. Order Once.”

Replacement of Existing Cable: If possible, find the part number stamped on the plastic jacket of the old cable. If you removed the old cable, measure for the replacement cable as follows:


For Rack Steering Cable Replacement, Measure Existing Cable as follows: Measure plastic cable jacket (“Y” dimension shown in above drawing) in inches, add 30″, and round up to next foot. Order that length cable.


New Installation: Measure cable routing path from wheel center line to engine connection, as follows: A = Center line of wheel to gunwale (or deck, if routed downward), B = Dash to transom, C = Gunwale to centerline of cable connection at centered tiller.

For Cable Installations through the Engine Tilt Tube: Add A, B & C + 6″, then round up to the next foot. Order that length cable.

For Cables Mounted to Transom, Splashwell or Stringer: Add A, B & C, then subtract 6″ and round up to the next foot. Order that length cable.



A single-cable, starboard drive push-pull mechanical cable system is shown in this diagram. If your mechanical system is different than the one depicted and/or you have any questions about mechanical steering after reviewing this guide, please contact Teleflex (Mechanical) Technical Service at (610)-495-7011 or

Cable routings (such as those found on pontoon boats) may vary from this drawing. Confirm length by laying a garden hose or similar object) along cable path and measure run from wheel to engine connection point.


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  1. happy days coming 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Jan 16th 2018

    i ordered two items from you ( a steering cable and a swivel jack ) that came on the days they were promised. i know they were ordered early in the year but i wanted to have them to help me anticipate the end of winter and the coming of spring. i can't install them yet, but i'm sure they will fit my boat and trailer. i will let you know at a later date.

  2. Everything was as the salesperson said it would be 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Apr 18th 2017

    Shipping was a day earlier than expected. This Teleflex Rack and Pinion steering cable was a replacement for a 1982 Mercury 40 HP outboard. I didn’t think it was possible to find something that would work. The measuring instructions for a part like this could be interpreted more than one way and the length for this boat was very specific.

    I called Wholesale Marine and was assured by the sales person that I had the correct length, and if there were any issues, there was a 90 day return policy if returned like new in the original packaging. I was pleasantly surprised at the ease of installation and perfect fit. At this point I’m not sure what I was worried about.

  3. Rack and Pinion steering cable. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Apr 13th 2017

    Item exactly as described. Well worth the money I paid. Free shipping to boot. Will get my boat back on the lake ASAP.
    Thank you Wholesale Marine.

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