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Re: Steering Cable Tension Estimate (no book)
Don't worry about the "tension". Just get the play out of the wheel. In other words, as you adjust the cables after your rudder repair, turn the wheel and watch for the rudder post to move. Then turn the wheel the other way, and watch for the rudder to move. If the wheel moves a few degrees before the rudder moves, you have play. Just tighten the cables until when you turn the wheel, there's no play. There's no reason to tension the cables beyond the point of having removed play from the system.