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Old 23-02-2013, 20:57   #16
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Just a note, I'm going the other way with mine on the next haul out, reason is the bellows , from the manufacture are to be replaced every few years, ant the boat needs to be hauled to do so, the old style packing gland can be rebuilt in an anchorage and with the new gore and grafite packing, no need to accept a drip.
??? You never haul-out? My bellows have been installed for 10 years now and still look like new. The one of the OP does look bad however.
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Thanx Randy...Ya...I'm going back and forth on the dripless thing. By the way...I have an account at the place across the way...M
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??? You never haul-out? My bellows have been installed for 10 years now and still look like new. The one of the OP does look bad however.
Bad or dirty?
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Do NOT rely on the set screws to hold the stainless part. Either buy the clamp on- two piece collar from PYI or get a T-bar clamp on your shaft.

They do work great with the above caveat. I am replacing mine in a week (was new in 2004) as preventative maintenance.

One note: If you are in very rough seas, to the point that air can get to the shaft (prop out of water), you need to burp it or get the vent. If it runs dry, it will leak.
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Bad or dirty?
The rubber looks at the end of it's life but it might be in pristine shape under dirt, it's hard to tell.

However, often it is dirt, oil and other grime that can deteriorate rubber.
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The rubber looks at the end of it's life but it might be in pristine shape under dirt, it's hard to tell.

However, often it is dirt, oil and other grime that can deteriorate rubber.
Well maybe its an old style bellows. This one has a natural rough texture like micro molded beads or something. Almost like the exterior is a fabric finish. Other I have seen have a luster to them. There doesn't seem to be any kind deterioration on the surface. I mean I would notice that with the surface cracking.
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??? You never haul-out? My bellows have been installed for 10 years now and still look like new. The one of the OP does look bad however.
It's not that I don't haul out, but mine gaveup and started leaking at a very un oppertune time, set it tighter but it still leaks at higher rpm's and in reverse.. if it were rebuildable, it would be a nobrainer .
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It's not that I don't haul out, but mine gaveup and started leaking at a very un oppertune time, set it tighter but it still leaks at higher rpm's and in reverse.. if it were rebuildable, it would be a nobrainer .
So, it is not the bellows that leak? If it leaks from between the stainless and carbon collars, you can fix that, you know that? It's in the manual iirc.
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So, it is not the bellows that leak? If it leaks from between the stainless and carbon collars, you can fix that, you know that? It's in the manual iirc.
Was told to re load, did it,still leaks, the bellows have lost their spring to keep the carbon tight against.the.steel
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Well maybe its an old style bellows. This one has a natural rough texture like micro molded beads or something. Almost like the exterior is a fabric finish. Other I have seen have a luster to them. There doesn't seem to be any kind deterioration on the surface. I mean I would notice that with the surface cracking.
You have the new style.
The original was the glossy type.
I've had both.
I changed from the original to the new in the water with the prop shaft 3 feet below the waterline.
No big deal.
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I'm hauling late March anyways. You were happy with the unit?
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