How to Replace a Tiller Extension Rubber Universal | Expert Advice

Sailing season is back in full swing, and it’s that time again to replace the old, worn out Tiller Universal. Too often I see a race or pleasure cruisers day ruined when a universal joint fails.

Don’t let this happen to you: examine often and replace early!Tiller Universal Replacement Kit

Watch the video and learn how to remove the old tiller universal, drill out the new one, and install the pin for a sleek and secure fit.

Tools you will need:
  • NEW Universal Replacement
  • Hammer
  • Punch or Nail
  • Drill and properly sized bit
  • Heat gun or lighter
  • Shrink Wrap (if not included with your new universal)


tiller universal baseThings to Note:  Not all universals are as “universal” as the name implies.  The main difference is the receiver, which lives on the tiller, and the shape of the cap that locks it
into it.  Try to match a manufacturer’s label on the tiller extension to find the right universal joint replacement.
That being said, getting the wrong brand is not the end of the world.  Most are made to fit a standard 5/8 inch diameter tube with an ID of .55 inches.


Every replacement comes with a new receiver (the part on the tiller) so installing a different brand universal only means you have to also switch to the new receiver.

Simply remove the 2 fasteners and replace for a proper fit.
*As seen in this example, the partner on the tiller has rounded sides.  The new universal I
installed has a square, boxy cover. Worry not, I simply back out the two screws and replace it with the new receiver to match.
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