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Old 11-18-2009, 12:09 AM
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Post a pic of the gouged Gimbal lip.

In salt water, it may be a good idea to replace these rubber parts and the shift cable every 4-5 years whether you think you need to or not just due to how hard they get after the years of use/corrosion.

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Old 11-18-2009, 12:34 AM
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If your replacing the water inlet hose becarfull it doesn't turn when tighten the insert/wedge, that will make a kink in the hose and make it have a water flow prob,

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Old 11-18-2009, 12:38 AM
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Originally Posted by kwooley
I have removed the drive and bell housing. I cut the water hose just because I wanted to replace all the rubber on the outside of the boat, should have just removed it from the bell housing and not replaced. I did not know that I was going to have to get behind the engine to remove the connector to get the old hose out and put the new one in. I just hope I am able to get to it without pulling the engine.

Am I correct when I say I need to pull that connector off to get the hose out of the transom? the hose will not pull out, could it be that it is just stuck really good?

thanks for the insight. Next time I am going to take it to the pros and let them do it, only cost about $400.
take a little screw driver,stick it between the rubber, it will break loose.

do ya have the tool to install the inserts,plastic?
I heard some take a big flat head and grind the corners to match the insert.
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Old 11-18-2009, 07:32 AM
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Originally Posted by kwooley
Thanks for the information. I decided yesterday that the damage to the bellow lip at the gimbal was to bad to chance, So I will be pulling the engine and replacing the transom assembly. I have only had the boat for 3 months so it working my wallet pretty good. I just hate having to say "gotta pull the engine".
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Originally Posted by seafordguy
It would be pure murder to get to that inside hose fitting that is on the inside of the Gimbal with the engine in, especially if you don't have external steering, or you have coolers on the back of the engine. If everything you have mentioned is 10 years old you will NOT be able to get that shift cable out of the bellhousing in one piece due to corrosion - I had to drill mine out (you might be incredibly lucky if it is a freshwater boat). You will need a special tool to get that hose out because I believe they are the same as B1's and use a threaded plastic insert as was mentioned earlier.

Don't use those ****ty Mercruiser plastic clips to hold the drive lube lines that run between the transom assembly and the back of the bell housing. Use a nice SS radiator hose clamp.
Do you have a link to the SS radiator hose clamp you're talking about?
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