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Outdrive side to side play

Old 06-08-2018, 03:10 PM
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Default Outdrive side to side play

I'm looking at a 2001 hammer and noticed when pushing outdrive left and right there is play side to side. Waiting for owner to see if it's moving the steering or not. How much is normal? Off subject it has a 23P Mirage 3Bld prop so I would think WOT is about 60- 68mph depending if its a HO-Magnum BBC and if it can turn a 25P for the HO-Magnum
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Old 06-08-2018, 11:43 PM
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Some play is normal. The swivel pin is steel, and the gimbal ring is aluminum. The square bore can wear if not kept tight. There is a large U- bolt that should keep them tightly together. Some guys say to tighten those nuts a tad after every season.

However- if there is wear, and you tighten the U-bolt nuts agressively, you will crack the cast aluminum gimbal ring. Ask me how I know. Lol.

In any case, I had my worn gimbal ring welded up in the square bore, filed it to size, and it worked perfectly.
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Old 06-08-2018, 11:45 PM
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Come to think of it, I think Merc reduced the torque figures for those U-bolt nuts over the years....
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Old 06-09-2018, 10:48 AM
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Is it cable or hydraulc steering?
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Old 06-09-2018, 02:34 PM
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Normal play up/down or side/side is NONE.
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Old 06-09-2018, 07:28 PM
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Painted and put on a new logo decal I made.


Drilled out
JR marine makes a fitting that lets drill out the drive and access to replace with some modified tools. Pretty easy, I did both of mine. Gimbal ring was still in good shape.
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Old 06-09-2018, 08:19 PM
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Decided to pass...
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