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Old 06-02-2022, 09:13 PM
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Cylinder have to be as close to center-line of the pivot pin as possible. If not when raising or lowering the drive you will build pressure and blow the end cap off the cylinder. Don't ask me how I know...
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Old 06-03-2022, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Griff
The rams should be halfway extended when the drive is straight. Ideally you would want everything to be on the same plane as the hinge pins. You just need to make sure there is nothing binding in the steering when trimming the drive up or down or turning side to side. Here some pics on my Pantera. It was not all on the same plane as the hinge pins, but there was no binding. I think the only way you will figure out the best place for the mounts is to mock it all up.


do you remember how long your marine machine rams are? Mine are quite long 11" approx.
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Old 06-03-2022, 09:32 AM
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I really do not like that mounting set-up. It looks like the studs could be sheared off without a lot of effort. I’d look for a set of Latham back-cap wing plates.

These were for sale at the end of April. Maybe they’re still available?

LATHAM BRAVO WING Plates

I know you’re across the pond and all, but maybe worth the trouble.
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Originally Posted by TomZ
I really do not like that mounting set-up. It looks like the studs could be sheared off without a lot of effort. I’d look for a set of Latham back-cap wing plates.

These were for sale at the end of April. Maybe they’re still available?

LATHAM BRAVO WING Plates

I know you’re across the pond and all, but maybe worth the trouble.
It sure looks weird 😃. I could shorten the top cap spacers/sleeves in half in lathe, and machine the vertical part of the bracket down to fit. Anyhow i have not heard of any problems with this bracket.
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Old 06-03-2022, 11:11 AM
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Closer look

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Found a back cap style bracket, wich will put the cylinder attaching point inline with the hinge pins. There is only 3 bolts in stock bravo back cover, this new cover with bracket has 5 bolt holes. I quess i need to thrill and tap another two hole to my drive.



Can someone identify these rams? i bought these as Marine Machine, but MM confirmed these are not their cylinders.


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The bracket looks like my Zeiger bracket
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Cant find any cylinder to match these, using google search. 9" stroke and 0.75" shaft diameter.

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Originally Posted by JaniH
Cant find any cylinder to match these, using google search. 9" stroke and 0.75" shaft diameter.
also looks like my zieger, at least the transome bracket. Give them a call. They are very helpful.
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