So, you never actually checked the bushing I take it. What happens when the bush melts usually bites you a lot further down the track if you don't realise it's happened. Shaft whip, through being inadequately supported, increases wear on the spline at the shaft/engine join as well as excessive wear and eventual bearing failure on the gearbox
input. This has been my experience on clients' outboards and backed up years ago by a Honda mechanic
in New Zealand
. The first problem I had was a stripped out spline caused by the bushing melting. Cost the guy a new outboard
which I had pleasure in selling him. After that I always checked the bushing when doing a service
and virtually every one that had been run out of water extensively was toast. My advice and experience is free.