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Old 06-05-2011, 06:22 AM
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Put the tool in thru the bearing, but not into the splines. Lift up on your end of the tool. (It'll seem not right, but the tool end will move a couple inches as the bearing pivots) That will pivot the bearing pointing downwards towards the splines. Keep doing this till the tool is centered with the beginning of the splines, then adjust the motor up/down till the tool slides in easily.

When adjusting the front motor mounts, read the grease marks on the tool.
Grease wiped off the top of the tool= lower the engine front.
Grease wiped off the bottom of the tool= raise the front
Hey Jerry, are you saying that the gimbal bearing itself will pivot that much inside the housing? I am having alignment issues with mine. I could swear that the tool went in all the way easily before I tightened down all the mounts (I have offshore mounts in front), but now it stops at the coupler. It's possible that this noob never was pushing the tool all the way in.
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Yes, but not in the housing itself. It pivots enough you can appear to be 1/2 off. The inside bearing race will pivot in relation to the outer race. I move the tool around till the tool is centered to the coupler, then while holding it in, I'll tap the end of the tool lightly in all 4 directions to center the bearing to te coupler, then adjust the front mounts till the tool enters fully by reading the grease marks
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What order do the parts go in for the rear mount? I know the fiber washer and the double lock washer sit under the mount, but on top does the flat washer go on first followed by the bushing and the bolt, or does the bushing go in first with the washer and bolt on top of it?
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Originally Posted by Budman II
or does the bushing go in first with the washer and bolt on top of it?
Yep
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whack it in with a hammer than smack all 4 sides of alignment bar,,,,,should slide in an out than....
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Hmmm
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Originally Posted by US1 Fountain
Hmmm
Aw, come on Jerry, you're retracting your suggestion to just drill it out larger?
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Yeah, being nice.
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