09-02-2008, 11:23 AM
Anyone replace their gear shift cable before on a T-8? I have a 620 with the remote throttle & gear shift at the drivers seat. Shift cable broke at the motor, bouncing around in 5 footers and the kicker jerked to one side and the shift cable basically snapped. From what I've messed around with before the gunnel channels that the wires & cables are run through are spacey enough and it wouldn't be too hard to fish a new cble through. Just wondering if this is a headache I should let the dealership do or if it's something I can handle.
I have a 620 and replaced my T8 cables last year, easy job. Just attach the new cable (duct or electrical tape) to the old one and pull the new cable through while you pulling the old one out. took less than an hour from start to finish.
09-03-2008, 08:34 AM
It will take longer to find your tools than it will to pull a new cable!
09-03-2008, 03:49 PM
Hey SJD, what side is your kicker on and what year 620 was it? I went to order the new cable today and I didn't have the exact length of the old one. I figure I can just disconnect the old one, tie on a rope and pull the old one out while pulling the rope through. Measure the old one, then connect the new one to the rope and pull it through. Probably better than "guestimating" the length I'll need?
09-03-2008, 04:54 PM
I've pulled cables, pretty easy, but I would estimate it took a couple hours start to finish. I've also had the dealership do it, it was cheap. That said, I wouldn't have issue doing it again and I wouldn't have issue bringing it to the dealer. I guesss that's a matter of having time to do it.
As far as the cables go, don't get the cheap, black teleflex cables. Get the better Yamaha cables, they're thicker, tougher and shift way better. You may already be planning on the yammi's, just a heads up if your not. And, better to long than to short.
My 620 is a 2004 and the kicker is mounted on the port side. The rope idea should work fine. The cables I had originally were the Yamaha cables and the length was printed right on the sheathing. I went with a different cable though, the Teleflex Extreme. As stated in the other post the standard Teleflex are not the best, the Yammie cables were OK but I think the higher end Teleflex are superior to the Yammie cables. If your not sure about the length I would definitly bring them in to make sure you get the correct length and ends. If I emember right the cost of the Teleflex was pretty close to the Yammie cables.