time to replace cables on a 86 boat should i also replace the helm control unit?

lime4x4

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Took notice that my throttle and shift cables out by the outboards are frayed. I ordered 4 new cables (i have twin yamaha outboards) The boat is 33 years old with the original helm control levers. Would it also be a good idea to replace that as well? I have to pull it out anyways to gain access the cable housing cover. I've seen the yamaha control for 500 to 700 bucks while the knock offs are around 250
 

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I definitely wouldn't replace the box if it didn't need it. Once the cables are disconnected, you'll get a good idea of how smoothly it operates. As noted, grease up what you can while you have in on your workbench.