Mechanical Throttle/Shift Cables

Throttle and shift cables come in a variety of styles, construction types, and lengths to accommodate different engines, controls, and connections used in the market. One important note is that Performance or Premium cables (with a flexible core) will provide the best shifting performance (versus solid-core, standard construction) as the flexible core is more forgiving in difficult or tight installations.

Mechanical Throttle/Shift Cables

Throttle and shift cables control the speed of your boat and the shifting of your engine. It is important to understand the styles and constructions that are available in the marine market. Maximum shift loads and performance are impacted by the type of cable you choose.

All Mercury cables are “Performance cables” of premium quality, with a flexible core to provide the best shift performance possible. The flexible core helps compensate for bends and tight rigging environments in boats.

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