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Old 20-04-2013, 14:47   #1
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I want to replace the bushings in the strut on the starboard propeller shaft. Got the prop off...took out the 6 nuts and bolts through the hull....seems inhuman the amount of effort to loosen the strut from the hull...........any tricks.....ed
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Old 20-04-2013, 15:00   #2
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What is it bed down with? Sounds like 5200... Can you put pressure to one side and cut the sealant with a razor knife - working your way in a little at a time. I've also used piano wire and a little heat ( but don't cook the hull )to break the seal. If it is 5200, it can be very tenacious. Make some thin hardwood wedges to force between the hull and strut once you create enough space to start them.
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Old 20-04-2013, 15:03   #3
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Are you trying to change the cutlass bearing? Shouldn't need to pull strut for that... Pics?
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Re: frustrated

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Ed.
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Old 20-04-2013, 19:29   #5
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Re: frustrated

As someone said earlier. You normally do not have to pull your strut to change the cutlass bearing. google utube there are many links on how to do this with your propeller shaft in or not.
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Old 20-04-2013, 19:50   #6
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Tips? Sure, leave the strut on the boat to pull the bearing.

Tricks? Are you any good at custom building odd tools?
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