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#1 Woodenhead

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 08:44 PM

Before I launch the boat for the summer I'm going to replace gimbal bearings, bellows, shift cables and all the control cables, maybe the u-joints too if they need it. I'll also check the alignments while I'm at it.

Any of you guys use aftermarket mercruiser parts such as GLM or Sierra? Definitely a big price difference, wondering how much a guy is paying for the name on the box. The reviews I've read online just say some of the Sierra bellows are harder to install, didn't see anything about premature failure on any of these parts though.

Not really looking forward to doing this but the bellows will be good peace of mind and hopefully this tightens up the controls a bit.

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 12:19 AM

I have used both, I find the Sierra bellows to be a bit stiffer

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 07:50 AM

I've never done them. My brother did his.

 

He used Merc stuff for his.  I think he liked their stuff better and he was a boat builder at one point in time.

 

I know it's not a fun job.



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 09:20 AM

The gimbal bearings aren't to bad. Do you have the alignment tool or are you going to eyeball it?

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 11:19 AM

I ordered a bearing puller and alignment tool. Not sure eyeballing it is a good way to go.

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 12:00 PM

you can't "eye ball" it, good idea getting the proper tools



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 12:54 PM

I ordered the kit from this place.  They have a lot of cool stuff like flywheel pullers for bikes etc.  Looks like it's decent stuff for a decent price and made it America with American steel.

Should have got an alignment bar and checked it when I had the drives of last year but didn't get too it.  

 

http://www.heartland...nment-tool-set/



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 01:20 PM

looks like a good kit



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 01:22 PM

Anyone have a preference of tube or bellow for the exhaust?  I raise my drives a fair bit for going stern in at the beach, I wonder if one would be better than the other or if it really makes no difference other than a bit of extra sound with drives trimmed a bit.



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 01:34 PM

if you change them every second year run sierra, if you stretch it longer use mercruiser for drive bellows


Edited by stroketeck, 28 February 2017 - 01:35 PM.


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Posted 28 February 2017 - 01:51 PM

Thanks Dave.  I plan to do the bellows every 2nd year for peace of mind, I think I was on borrowed time with this stuff last season.

This seems to be a complete kit including U joints for a decent price. 

http://www.ebay.com/...=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

 

I emailed the guy and he pointed me to Heartland for the puller kit and offered up some other useful information.  If the he sells teleflex cables I'll order everything from him.



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 04:10 PM

i believe to change the one u-joint you need to take the nut off the top retainer  



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 06:17 PM

Uhg....  I'm sure all the bellows and bearings on the Trophy are factory...  



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 07:00 PM

Uhg....  I'm sure all the bellows and bearings on the Trophy are factory...  


What drive is it?
I'll loan you all the tools if you want once I'm done with them.

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 07:54 PM

 

 

looks like a mercruiser  :)



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 08:00 PM

Bravo Dave...Braaavooo (see what I did there  :right:

This puller and alignment bar should work for that unit as well. 



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 11:28 PM

Bravo Dave...Braaavooo (see what I did there  :right:

This puller and alignment bar should work for that unit as well. 

LOL!  Thats the one....  :)  



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Posted 01 March 2017 - 07:36 AM

Mike if your good at this I'll let you do a Bravo X Drive... LOL



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Posted 01 March 2017 - 08:33 AM

I had to change the bellows on my Mercruiser outdrive a long will back. That was NOT a good time.



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Posted 01 March 2017 - 09:07 AM

Mike if your good at this I'll let you do a Bravo X Drive... LOL


I have a feeling this is one of those things no one wants to be "good at". I'm buying any tools I can that are supposed to make it easier though.




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