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#11828611 - 09/14/16 12:52 PM UFLEX Steering Cylinders
Chris Coufal Offline
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Registered: 09/04/09
Posts: 1391
Loc: Austin, Tx
On my current rig I'm running a SeaStar HC5345. It's finally at the point where it has what I would consider "an unsafe" amount of play in it. The plastic bushings in the yolk bracket are worn out and SS will not repair them. I've been looking into replacing the cylinder and the more and more I dig into it, the less I want to use the current SeaStar teleflex system. I could add a stainless washer to "soak up" some of the slack on the cylinder, but the mounting point at the pivot bolt does not have an option to correct the slack.

The Mercury UFLEX system seems to be all stainless from shims to bushings. Not saying it cannot wear out, but IMO stainless should last much longer than plastic like in the current system. Also the cylinder is compatible with my current helm and lines.


Anyone running one of these? I know they are fairly new in terms of how long they have been out. Just curious before I pull the trigger.....steering systems are not cheap.

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#11828932 - 09/14/16 03:52 PM Re: UFLEX Steering Cylinders [Re: Chris Coufal]
Rick Collis Offline
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Registered: 02/09/07
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Loc: Lake Fork, Texas
I have not used one, but the Uflex will be my next one. Here is what the Mercury sponsor on BBC said about them.

"We now replace the cylinder with a Mercury-Branded (U-flex manufactured) HD Cylinder that is FAR more robust, and has a VERY good track record in terms of durability and longevity."
http://www.bbcboards.net/showthread.php?t=743085

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#11829452 - 09/14/16 08:34 PM Re: UFLEX Steering Cylinders [Re: Chris Coufal]
Chris Coufal Offline
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Registered: 09/04/09
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Loc: Austin, Tx
Yeah I saw that on BBC as well. I can't find anything bad about them.....but I figured I'd ask before I made the purchase. Thank you for your insight.


Edited by Chris Coufal (09/15/16 12:35 AM)
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