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Throttle cable and shifter cable too long...

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No, you can't cut them or shorten them. They are factory compressed. I would recommend buying the proper size throttle cable. A dealer of some sort can help you out, but be sure to measure the distance properly.
I broke a cable last year and bought one at a dealer for $28.

At a last resort, coil the excess in a circle and tie it off. Cables do not like to be bent, the extra strain could break it. When I broke mine, my boat when full throttle out of control into large waves. No fun. I would have been stranded if it weren't for the kicker motor.

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On shift and throttle cables they should be 3 foot 6 inches longer than the actual distance measurment. this allows the engine to turn freely without danger of pinching the cables, so if the cables are 4 foot longer they will be fine because that will make a loop only 15.28 inches in diameter. grin.gif

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Thanks for the responses. I've got it coiled up and laying on the back casting deck now - not too handy. I'll give the Suzuki dealer a call and see what they can do.

Thanks again
Terry

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I bought a used 85 horse outboard and put it on my 16' Sylvan and the throttle cable and shifter cable are about 4 or 5 feet too long. Can I cut them or replace them? Any other thoughts?

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Because of the way the cables are restrained in the control box and / or motor, you can't cut them... but you can replace them without too much work...

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