AutoPilot upgrade from manual hydraulic

SkunkBoat

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so I was at the boat trying to remove the wheel on the tilt helm
Nut came off no problem. Wheel is stuck to the tilt shaft.

I have pullers but no size that will work
The tilt bezel is in the way and I can't get a puller behind the wheel.
Tried pulling from the inside of the wheel where the nut is. The lip is too narrow for a good grip. When i got tension on it it just bent the stainless hub
soaking with WD40 and will try heat next time

Anybody run into this and have a solution that doesn't't involve destroying the plastic bezel of the tilt?..(they are $60)

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I went through the exact same thing on my previous boat. It also had the tilt helm and the same wheel. The way I got mine was this. I tilted the wheel all the way up...….then I positioned myself right up against the wheel and grabbed the wheel rim on opposite sides.... I lifted all I could lift, by having my legs bent a bit at the start, I was able to lift with my legs and get a good amount of pull......then I had my wife hold a piece of brass on the end of the shaft and tap it with a small ball peen hammer....just 3 or 4 smacks and it popped off. When you put it back, don't get carried away with torqueing the nut just in case you have to do it again some day. Incidentally, it is a tapered shaft so you don't have to move it but slightly for it to release.

 
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So its in! Did the Dock Setup. OK. Ready for the water.

To recap... you may have seen my other threads about Seastar Helms and fittings.

I was just about done wrapping up my old helm from installing an o-ring kit when I dropped it and ruined it.
So this project also involved installing a new Seastar Classic tilt 1.7 helm.
As a side project of that side project, we added new zerc fittings to the Yamahas, softened and flushed out dried old grease with WD40 and really got them moving smooth & easy.

Biggest piece of knowledge I can pass on is to use Parker part# 2TFMS-6-5b field replaceable fittings and make most of your own hoses. See my thread on fittings https://www.greatgrady.com/threads/field-replaceable-fittings-for-seastar-5-16id-hose.27057/
Also fittings in Seastar Kits HF5501 or HF5502 are not what you need for an "Outboard" Seastar 1000psi system with 5/16 ID tubing. And the diagrams associated with them are wrong for this setup.
Again, see the other post about fittings for pix.


I mounted the GHC20 display to the right of the tilt helm. .....hmmmm...Pix tomorrow!....
I mounted the CCU behind the drawers down in the cabin (that puts it under the captain's left foot). It appears to be far enough away from the FWpump.
The pump is exactly the distance to the battery hookup to use the supplied power cable without extension!
All other cables have plenty of excess.




 
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