Control Cables for OMC, Johnson / Evinrude and Mercury Outboards
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.
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.
what is the difference between omc and merc control cables for shift and throttle?
Completely different connection ends and not interchangeable.
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?
A standard rack & pinion or rotary system from Uflex or Teleflex will connect to the tilt tube and work fine.
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.
What numbers are on the old cable?
I am about to exchange my evinrude 60 engine for a mercury 35 will my controls fit
No. You will need to purchase a Mercury control unit and cables.
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.
What you have is an original Drum Cable Steering system. Here is a good article that will give you the basics about the system:
The Images are here:
I hope that helps. I do not think using the old steering system with a modern Tilt Trim setup will please you. The system is considered quite dated and will require some playing with to setup the right wraps and cable lengths – as well as adjustment for cable stretch (the system will not function with slack).
“Drum cable steering is viable but ONLY when properly installed and maintained. Crude materials and sloppy installation and maintenance can cause steering failure that can result in serious consequences.”
I would like to buy a control cable 16′ for Volvo Penta stern drive OMS
part number 176016.
That item is special order – you would need to contact us by phone.