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Old 19-07-2016, 17:40   #16
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Re: Is this a drip less stuffing bearing?

Originally Posted by coastalexplorer View Post
Sandy stone is correct, I do not know if the line at the bottom of my post is relevant to the OP but it should be relevant to a lot of other people who are still running 2000 series Volvo Penta diesels.

I agree that while Volvo did not want to take full responsibility for what many would consider a design error. They did produce the modifications mentioned. It did nothing for the splined shaft without changing the gear set in the transmission. Thus it is easy to see that it is possible to renew the system for $3416.66 in parts; plus skilled labour to rebuild the gear box. spiral bevel gears are made in sets within the same cutter sharpening cycle, so they are not interchangeable.

Two Companies in England started offering a service to grind the damaged shaft to a hexagon and made a corresponding damper plate. for this the boat owner had to disassemble his gear box and ship the parts away to have the work done. then wait for the return of the parts.

I bought a 2003 engine and spent a lot of money restoring it before I learned about this problem. So I was motivated to find a better solution. Next Wave Marine systems on Vancouver's Island. Canada.
normally make drives for commercial craft. I asked for help and they have developed a miniature version for the 2000 series Volvo that can be shipped to the boat owner anywhere in the world and installed the same day using simple tools. NO Machining required.

you can watch the short video of my engine using this link:

Or get the full story from their web site. I have no business relationship with them I am Just trying to get the information out there to those who could make use of it. prevention is better than cure.
To continue the relentless thread drift, I just want to point out that the Volvo retrofit kit can be installed without removing the flywheel cover, which the rear motor mounts are attached to, so easier to accomplish with the motor in the boat. Just FYI.
As a means of getting back to the OP, I might mention that the Volvo propshaft seal is also pretty nice, consisting of nothing more than a rubber sleeve with multiple lips internally contacting the shaft. Simple, dripless, needs to be greased once a year. But you do have to get one specific to your shaft diameter and shaft log.

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