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Old 04-01-2012, 08:26 PM
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Finally got the old transom assemblies and Y pipes out of the boat today.

I was very pleased to see that there was no transom rot and every thing is dry.

I do have a technical question...will my existing steering cable work with an Alpha/Bravo steering ram?

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Old 04-02-2012, 08:32 AM
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yes, your existing steering cable will work...
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:30 AM
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yes, your existing steering cable will work...
That's the answer I was looking for...thanks.
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Old 04-08-2012, 12:58 PM
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Default Update...Bravo Transom Assemblies Installed

Got up this AM and decided today was the day.

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Prepared and cleaned up the transom cut outs where the old No. 1's had been

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Set the template...courtesy of Marc Berman at BAM

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I used this drill guide that I picked up at Harbour Freight for $20. Call me an engineering nerd...I wanted the angle for the 2: new top holes to be correct.

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Got port side mounted.

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Now starboard.

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I wonder how many Formula 255 Liberators have Bravo Set Ups? Looks very serious compared to No 1/Alpha...very serious.

This little project is moving right along folks....stay tuned for steering ram, Bravo couplers and bell housings....next thing you know it will time to feed the bilge a pair of Vortecs

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nice job keep up the good work
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Old 04-08-2012, 01:48 PM
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Looks great John -- now the outdrives aren't dwarfed by that huge transom. It's looking like a factory setup. I saw some yellow around the holes -- was that the original gelcoat color?
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Looks great John -- now the outdrives aren't dwarfed by that huge transom. It's looking like a factory setup. I saw some yellow around the holes -- was that the original gelcoat color?
Yep...it was a Yellow 'Bird.

I set these Bravo TA's next to the originals for comparison...the difference is dramatic to say the least...in as much as the comparison of the Alpha and Bravo drives.

I have to say...this isn't the hardest thing I have ever done but an extra set of hands would have been a big help. If you don't have significant upper body strength...don't attempt this without help or a transmission jack to raise the TA into place. It's an arm load to say the least.

As I said previously...putting things in as opposed to removing them is a lot more fun.
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glad to see what your doing to your 255, kinda jealous sprinks. i hope to get mine back in the water this year. i had the portside drive fail on me last 4th O july. keep up the good work. can't wait to hear on here how it does WOT on the water! should youtube a video of that.
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glad to see what your doing to your 255, kinda jealous sprinks. i hope to get mine back in the water this year. i had the portside drive fail on me last 4th O july. keep up the good work. can't wait to hear on here how it does WOT on the water! should youtube a video of that.
Thanks for your thoughts...hopefully we can all take some info from this one.

I have a few friends I work with that manage our Video/CCTV division that have mentioned doing something...stay tuned...got a bit to go yet.

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Nice swim platform gotta say the transom looks waaaay better. And definitely looks factory! Keep it up.
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