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jixxxer
08-03-2008, 07:50 PM
Hit some rocks today and messed up the prop pretty bad!! All the ends are bent big time. Its a cmc prop, but have the spare, I just need to take the bent up prop off. How do i do that? A prop pulller? Any other way cause I dont have one. Also those side marker lights on the trailer, where do get them???
Thanks!!!!! Oh, btw, today was prolly the worst day ever on/off the water..tell u about it when i have more time.

Skipper
08-03-2008, 08:02 PM
A prop puller is your best bet for removing the prop. There are some less desirable methods; use a small propane torch to heat the prop - when it gets hot enough it will literally "pop" and come loose; place the butt end of small 2" x 4" block against the back of the prop - smack the block with a hammer. Like I said, these are not the best way to do it, but they work.

After replacing your prop, check your driveshaft for straightness. Disconnect at the transmission coupling and put a small (1/16") gap between them. Rotate the driveshaft and observe the gap. It should be consistent. If not, there is a problem. Also check the strut and rudder.

Lights you can get at most auto parts stores, trailer stores, and the usual boat places like Overtons, Barts, Skidim, etc...

Sorry to hear about your day. Good luck.

TheOneandOnly
08-03-2008, 08:09 PM
Sorry to hear--for what its worth we bent ours up a little yesterday as well (aww foreign lakes). Worst thing is the rope got caught in the propeller (ripped in half) and we had to suba dive for 30 minutes to get it untangled from the shaft :(

Anyways for removal take a 2x4 and wedge it above the propeller--- most nuts are i think is 1-3/16". You will not need a prop puller if its a splined type shaft, if its a keyed prop you will need one I believe. Remove f-ed up prop and reverse process for spare...

jixxxer
08-03-2008, 09:01 PM
thanks, yea its keyed, so guess I'll have to spend more money getting the prop puller. Can these props be repaired??

TMCNo1
08-03-2008, 09:03 PM
http://www.ojprops.com/services

TheOneandOnly
08-03-2008, 10:23 PM
Can some one chime in I forget, is it opposite when loosening the nut from the prop (i.e. righty to loosen and lefty to tighten?)

TheOneandOnly
08-03-2008, 10:25 PM
thanks, yea its keyed, so guess I'll have to spend more money getting the prop puller. Can these props be repaired??

In most cases Yes however it will depend on how bad you damaged it.

lav
08-03-2008, 10:42 PM
mine is lefty lucy righty tighty
02 xstar 1 1/8 tapered shaft

east tx skier
08-03-2008, 10:43 PM
By the way, you can get those oval tail lights at WalMart or virtually any auto parts store.

jixxxer
08-08-2008, 08:52 AM
I put the stock prop back on; I wasnt smart enough to notice but the prop doesnt touch the "strut?" does it? Theres a gap between the prop and the "strut?".

TMCNo1
08-08-2008, 08:54 AM
I put the stock prop back on; I wasnt smart enough to notice but the prop doesnt touch the "strut?" does it? Theres a gap between the prop and the "strut?".


No, it should not touch the strut!
38779

ShamrockIV
08-08-2008, 08:55 AM
i believe there should be a gap. if not friction and wear would be a issue!!

but i am sure there are more informed folks that will weigh in!!

jixxxer
08-08-2008, 09:21 AM
No, it should not touch the strut!
38779

Dam that thing is clean and "bling"!!!!

mccobmd
08-09-2008, 12:44 AM
Hey welcome to the prop problem club, my dealer said you can just wedge something on the prop and don't necessarily need a prop puller, the advice came free the the new $525 prop and yes there should be a space between the strut and the prop

jixxxer
08-09-2008, 07:11 AM
$525:eek: Im def. gonna try and get my acme fixed, even though I'd love a four blade.

bigmac
08-09-2008, 09:34 AM
Yeh...those are spendy. If it's an Acme, call Bill Weeks at Acme props, get his advice. I'd be leery about having local prop people do it unless they have the correct set of block for those propellers.

OJ and Acme are the two big prop makers in the tow boat world and both have excellent customer service.

TMCNo1
08-09-2008, 10:33 AM
http://www.ojprops.com/services , for repairs and I think a 4 blades can be obtained for less than $525

bigmac
08-09-2008, 10:57 AM
I paid a little less than $400 for an Acme 4-blade (847) two years ago from my local prop guy. $525 sounds like it might be a stainless steel prop. I'm not sure that's the way I'd go. Damage on of those and that's an even more expensive repair, not to mention the fact that it's so much harder that impact is more likely to transmit impact force to the strut and shaft.

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1boarder
08-09-2008, 11:09 AM
metal has gone crazy lately in price. I just looked at the cheapest place for oj edge for $473. A year and a half ago, I bought the same prop for $100 less.

bigmac
08-09-2008, 11:17 AM
Yeh, I'm sure that's true. Prices do look like they've taken quite a jump.

Usually, Skier-to-Skier is a good place to get good prices on OJ props.

http://www.skiertoskier.com/index.html?page=/ojprops.htm

1boarder
08-09-2008, 11:28 AM
thats is where I looked and bought my prop. Delivery was quick too.

mccobmd
08-09-2008, 04:43 PM
The 525 was for a 4 blade NIBRAL prop that is stock mastercraft. It was $165 to repair my bent 4 blade but since it's 100 miles or more to the dealer I invested in a spare and carry a block and wrench so I can change at the lake if there is a next time.

ProTour X9
08-09-2008, 05:11 PM
http://acmemarine.com/faq.php

jixxxer
08-09-2008, 05:34 PM
the one i have that is bent is the acme 543 3 blade.

TMCNo1
08-09-2008, 05:52 PM
Nevermind, wrong thread.