Hydrive Admiral Hydraulic Outboard Steering Kit OBKIT1-COMPACT
This is only for very narrow motor well installations - the more popular kit is the Standard OBKIT1 which is more robust and also cheaper. (see SKU 990134)
Note - LIMITED STROKE - should only be used for engine wells that cannot be fitted with other full stroke OBKIT1 Models
For Single Outboards up to 300HP
Driving a boat with hydraulic steering is so much nicer than boats with the push pull steering systems and it is possible to upgrade to a hydraulic steering kit.
For smaller outboards, side mount kits (Sports Kit models - where the cylinder attaches to one side of the outboard) are cheaper and easier to install but are much more prone to getting accidently damaged.
Conversely, BULLHORN steering kits (such as this one) are by far the most popular steering system for outboard motors as they are compact but robust, and require a minimum amount of clearance in an engine well.
Before you change the steering system in your boat but you do need to check that there is enough room for the cylinder to fit by the boat's transom, and that it is able to tilt without hitting the boat's motorwell - see the dimensional diagram picture attached.
The main differences between differently priced hydraulic steering kits are the quality of the materials used in the cylinder and helm pump.
Hydrive is a very reputable, long established Australian brand that is exported world wide.
Hydrive's two main types of trailerboat bullhorn kits are:
- The cheaper Hydrive Commander (the COMKIT models) which utilise a state-of-the-art aluminium cylinder design, with unique electrolytic insulation between metals for maximum corrosion resistance.
- The superior Hydrive Admiral Series OBKIT models which offer the strongest and most corrosion resistant steering cylinders on the market. There is no equivalent of these cylinders available from any other manufacturer. Instead of the traditional anodised or coated aluminium cylinder barrels and tiller connections, the Admiral Series cylinders use high quality marine grade brass tubing for the barrels, solid brass end-caps and stainless steel tiller arms and connections. All brass components are further protected by Chrome plating for a high class finish that keeps the steering cylinder free from corrosion and pitting.
Lastly, There are three versions of the COMKIT bullhorn style, and three versions of the OBKIT1 bullhorn style - the only differences between these three versions is the connecting bracket - the height of the steering kit's bracket which attaches to the the outboard's drag link.
If you are not sure which steering kit to use Boat Gear Australia can identify the correct one for you - just call or email me. You will need to know your outboard's brand, horsepower, year and whether it is a 2 stroke or a 4 stroke, and ideally the band and model of your boat.
This Hydrive Admiral Hydraulic Outboard Steering Kit OBKIT1-COMPACT includes:
- Model 401 Helm
- Model 211BH-COMPACT cylinder - Note this looks different to the standard 211BH Cylinder
- 2 litres ULTRA-15 fluid
- 15Mtrs 3/8” OD Nylon tubing
- Bleeding Kit
- All fittings
- Installation Manual