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Postby Randy » Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:31 am

I currently own a 2006 northriver commander X, 6.0 marine power with a 212 pump with Uflex rotary steering. I wanted to install a rack style steering set up in it to lose the slop out of the old rotary style of steering. Due to the drop style of dash. There is not enough room for the rack set up. The rack is 19" long overall. Just curious as to what other options are out there and what some of you folks are doing?
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Re: Northriver Steering

Postby Riverjohn » Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:36 am

Randy wrote:I currently own a 2006 northriver commander X, 6.0 marine power with a 212 pump with Uflex rotary steering. I wanted to install a rack style steering set up in it to lose the slop out of the old rotary style of steering. Due to the drop style of dash. There is not enough room for the rack set up. The rack is 19" long overall. Just curious as to what other options are out there and what some of you folks are doing?

Search flowtec on here, Lots of information
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Re: Northriver Steering

Postby Randy » Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:05 pm

Thank you. That is the set up I was trying to install. Maybe they have one with a shorter rack?
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Re: Northriver Steering

Postby Ahusk » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:15 pm

Flotec makes an extended rack helm just for Northriver style boats.
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Re: Northriver Steering

Postby Kirt » Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:54 pm

Give Sam Bass a call or a supplier that knows about the extended helm. I did that for my 21' North River great system. I did not move my batteries but did a 1" block on the tiller arm of the jet, changed the bolts to the battery so connections tighter and changed one battery cable to longer so it would not interfere with stuff. I did a steel block to hold steering as I do not weld aluminum. Worked great.
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Re: Northriver Steering

Postby Kirt » Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:01 pm

My 2000 north River had the old style helm. Sam turned down the end so I could use the existing helm bezel( spelling). Slid in his set up tightened Allen head screw routed cable etc. only hard part keeping end of cable level when straight ahead and being just under dog house for clearance. It just made it.
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Re: Northriver Steering

Postby Prybar » Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:19 pm

I have the stock setup for that same boat and Ive been super happy with it. Am I missing out on a much better setup?
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Re: Northriver Steering

Postby Ahusk » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:07 pm

Prybar wrote:I have the stock setup for that same boat and Ive been super happy with it. Am I missing out on a much better setup?


Yes
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Re: Northriver Steering

Postby Kirt » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:18 pm

I am glad you like your steering. I had the old system, parts no longer available. It was like my first pickup, herding it down the road. I had several inches of slop and was constantly adjusting heading. I had 550 hr on boat, bought it used. The new flowtech solved my problem.
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Re: Northriver Steering

Postby Prybar » Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:48 pm

Ahusk wrote:Yes

Thanks for the details.....
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Re: Northriver Steering

Postby scenicjetboats » Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:39 am

I have a friend that tightened his up by making some new parts for the linkage at the pump this last spring. I think we are going to do mine this winter. I'll try and post some pictures at that time of what we do.
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Re: Northriver Steering

Postby Kirt » Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:02 pm

I did that also using a combination of SAE bolts and metric to get holes tighter fit. I also have slop in the standoff bracket that holds the end of the cable but did not want to spend 100.00 and wanted the boat in the water. I also believe I have some play in the linkage on pump nozzle, will find out when I replace impeller. But in the end steering and tracking so much better.
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Re: Northriver Steering

Postby Ahusk » Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:22 pm

Prybar wrote:
Ahusk wrote:Yes

Thanks for the details.....
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Sorry was feeling a little smart assish that day. Flotec equals no more slop, less steering effort, in most cases quicker steering and no more hunting for straight when running the river.

Follow Johns suggestion and search Flotec on here. You will find loads of info.
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Re: Northriver Steering

Postby wilson4 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:34 pm

This is what I made for my North River
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Re: Northriver Steering

Postby Kirt » Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:19 pm

Nice fitting. I like the grease fitting. You have a longer tiller arm than I had. I changed the bolt sizes for a tight fitting. Mine was a simple U fitting.
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