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Old 04-06-2011, 11:02 AM
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Hi Guys I have a bravo x3 drive that I just found a broken tooth on the lower gear of the upper case. I would like to know if I can change these gears to a XR gear set or do I have to put the X3 gear set back in. Also is this a big job. I was thinking of doing it myself. I am a mechanic and not afriad of doing the work, just not sure If it pays with the special tools and manual I would have to buy for this one time job.
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Old 04-06-2011, 11:12 AM
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Yes, the XR gears will fit right in an X drive. Not a big job, and the tools needed will depend on how old your drive is.
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I'm a budget minded boater, and like to do as many things myself as possible. My '06 Bravo 1 is not currently in need of anything, but who knows what the future will bring. When the time comes, I would like to be prepared. What are the "special tools" a guy needs to change out the gears in an outdrive, roughly what it the cost of them, and where would a guy pick them up? The manual, I'm sure, would need to come direct from Merc., right?
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You can download the merc service manuals for free off the internet..and they will list any special tools you will need.
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I bought all the tools to rebuild bravos and have had to rebuild both my lower units so far. Money well spent as the labor would have cost me 3x what I spent on tools. 50 hours and still smooth as silk.
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Originally Posted by Randy View Post
Hi Guys I have a bravo x3 drive that I just found a broken tooth on the lower gear of the upper case. I would like to know if I can change these gears to a XR gear set or do I have to put the X3 gear set back in. Also is this a big job. I was thinking of doing it myself. I am a mechanic and not afriad of doing the work, just not sure If it pays with the special tools and manual I would have to buy for this one time job.
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XR gears are Junk .....
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