Control Cables for OMC, Johnson / Evinrude and Mercury Outboards

CC179 Control Cables – Replaces CC635 & 3600

When replacing a cable steering system, you can typically find the cable part number and length roughly two feet from the helm connection, imprinted into the cable’s jacket. A variety of control cables are available that meet the specifications of your vessel and engine system.

Teleflex’s direct replacement marine-grade, corrosion-resistant cables model CC179 can replace any CC635, 3600 Series and any original Mercury control cables, CC205 Series, replaces OMC Johnson / Evinrude 636 & 479 Series. The replacement model cable contains a splined core for optimal smoothness and quick response.

Model CC179 control cables can be used on marine engine with Mercury controls, except for 1993 40 horsepower models and lower. This fits Mariner, Mercury & Mercruiser, 1965 to current and fits Force engines from 1993 to present.

CC205 Control Cable – Replaces 636, 479 & Morse D302029

The control cables model CC205 Series, also manufactured by Teleflex and are used as replacements on OMC, Johnson and Evinrude steering systems that have been made since 1979. The product is also applicable to replace Morse # D302029 (OS) cables.

When measuring the length for replacement control cables, if you can’t locate or read the number imprinted on the original cable’s jacket, you can calculate the appropriate length my measuring the plastic jacket only and adding 18 inches.


  • Steve (#)
    September 10th, 2013

    what is the difference between omc and merc control cables for shift and throttle?

    • Mike (#)
      September 13th, 2013

      Completely different connection ends and not interchangeable.

  • DAVE B (#)
    May 15th, 2013

    I recently purchased an Evinrude Tracker (1993). The existing steering helm and cable are older, probably form 1980’s. The outer jacket on the steering cable is white, but I could not find any identifiying name on it. The end of the steering cable will fit through the tilt tube, but the problem is that the threaded end of the steering cable has male threads, as are the threads on the tilt tube. Is there a way I can attach this cable to the tilt tube threads with a union of some sort,, ot a bracket, or istheri a replace ment cable that has a female threaded nut? if so, which cable should I buy?

    • Mike (#)
      June 13th, 2013

      A standard rack & pinion or rotary system from Uflex or Teleflex will connect to the tilt tube and work fine.

  • Chris Dye (#)
    April 12th, 2013

    I need a steering cable for a 65 horse evinrude triumph on a 15 foot fiberglass boat but I am not sure of boat manufacturer.

    • Mike (#)
      April 22nd, 2013

      What numbers are on the old cable?

  • barry (#)
    August 11th, 2011

    I am about to exchange my evinrude 60 engine for a mercury 35 will my controls fit

    • sailorf21 (#)
      August 11th, 2011

      No. You will need to purchase a Mercury control unit and cables.

  • Charles King (#)
    April 7th, 2011

    Do you have any information on control and steering cables ( steering cables are two (2) vinyl covered ss cables) wound on a drum. I also need information on total installation of remote shift, tilt/trim,speed, etc fpr a 73 Evinrude 65 hp in a 1965 Sportcraft 17 ft boat. This is a restoration project and I have no information on interior arrangement. It has original Steering Wheel, the four routing pulleys, and the two spring shocks to terminate the Steering Cables. This Control equipment is Starboard Side mounted.

  • Adrian Rudolf Hulsmeyer (#)
    August 30th, 2010

    Dear Sirs,

    I would like to buy a control cable 16′ for Volvo Penta stern drive OMS
    part number 176016.


    • sailorf21 (#)
      November 4th, 2010

      That item is special order – you would need to contact us by phone.

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