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Johnson backstay adjuster

We purchased a Johnson Backstay and getting ready to install next weekend. We have Norseman 7mm for the swage fitting. After looking at the Norseman instructions it seems simple enough to loosen the fitting, cut back the cable (length?), install a new cone in the center of the cable, apply 4200 and retighten the fitting. Does anyone know if it is that simple or is it more complicated? It is my understanding to cut about 8-inches of the single wire (7mm a.k.a. 9/32") backstay then reinstall. Is that correct? I am just not sure and do not want to have a problem along the way. I have the tools and skills necessary but have never installed or cut standing rigging before; I am just not 100% sure if I should do this install. Any thoughts?

FYI- the mast is unstepped laying horizontal along the length of the boat.

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Yes, it is that simple to remove/reinstall a Norseman fitting. However, don't forget to use the Blue Loctite compound, which I believe is normally required on mechanical fittings.

When cutting the wire, tape around it and use a hacksaw to cut through it at the tape. This will help prevent you from distorting the wire.
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Hacksaw is the last tool I would use 4 cutting cable. Use a zip cut wheel on a grinder or similar on a rotary (dremel,fein) type tool. Thats a fair size cable leave the hacksaw 4 the hackers.
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I will use my Cooper cable cutters
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I was under the impression the Johnson BSA can be disassembled?
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I was wondering the same thing. I put one in and just took it apart.
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I'm guessing he needs to shorten the cable to accommodate the length of the Johnson BSA. Without doing this, the cable will be way too long... by the length of the BSA or so.

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