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Forum: Engine / Drive Train 10-26-2017, 01:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 366
Posted By MarkS
Powder Coating Exhaust

Some advice please. I want to powder coat my exhaust on 2008 Xstar. Do you think that because the water flows through the exhaust it stays cold enough to powder coat ?
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-07-2017, 11:27 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,690
Posted By MarkS
I buy X5 and x3 vehicles for work. Buy them when...

I buy X5 and x3 vehicles for work. Buy them when they have 100 000 km on the clock and out of motor plan. Usually get about 350 000 km before I have trouble. X3 2l diesel probably the best value for...
Forum: Ballast 05-11-2017, 02:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,287
Posted By MarkS
No need for more ballast

I have found standard ballast more than good. If you really need to just take a couple of friends
Forum: General / Other 04-24-2017, 01:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,614
Posted By MarkS
Overheating

I find with a similar system that I can not get enough water flow from my municipal connection to allow the motor to run for long before she starts overheating. I have a 2008 Star.
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 04-09-2017, 10:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 467
Posted By MarkS
Please include a pic ? It would be appreciated.

Please include a pic ? It would be appreciated.
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 04-07-2017, 03:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 727
Posted By MarkS
This is how bad your mounts could be out by

The force of the shaft on the coupler pushed my shaft through the couple by about an inch. I removed everything that moves or turns or seals and replaced everything. Setting up the engine alignment...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 04-05-2017, 02:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,215
Posted By MarkS
Went to a friends glass shop and rolled the shaft...

Went to a friends glass shop and rolled the shaft on a 20mm thick plate glass. It is perfect. That was a good tip thanks.
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 04-05-2017, 02:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,215
Posted By MarkS
Have had this strut on the boat since new, but...

Have had this strut on the boat since new, but will check tomorrow and confirm with MC.
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 04-05-2017, 12:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,773
Posted By MarkS
Engine Mount

Managed to remove front engine mount. All bolts rusted so no easy movement. Will now replace all bolts, nuts and rubbers. What started as a small job has become the replacement of everything from the...
Forum: Underwater Running Gear 04-05-2017, 12:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,701
Posted By MarkS
The Photo shows what I had to contend with

Replacing the shaft as it had worn through the coupler by 1/2 inch. Had to lift the motor at the back by 1 inch and drop in the front by 1/2 inch to get perfect alignment for the strut. No accident...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 04-04-2017, 03:34 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,114
Posted By MarkS
Could not believe this

Here is a photo of how far my alignment was out. To do a rough alignment I loosened the Strut bolts. Can you believe this is how far out the alignment was without any vibration.
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 04-04-2017, 01:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,773
Posted By MarkS
Thanks I have already bought all the parts, now...

Thanks I have already bought all the parts, now assembling.
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 04-04-2017, 11:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,773
Posted By MarkS
You happy the manifold will not be damaged ?

You happy the manifold will not be damaged ?
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 04-04-2017, 11:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,215
Posted By MarkS
No changing everything on drivetrain except...

No changing everything on drivetrain except strut. Replaced cutlass in strut.
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 04-04-2017, 01:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,215
Posted By MarkS
No this is the existing strut. I have checked it...

No this is the existing strut. I have checked it for deformation and bends, but it appears perfect. I simply can not believe how it being so far out the boat could have done 700 hours with no...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 04-04-2017, 01:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,773
Posted By MarkS
Did you have to pull the motor to replace the...

Did you have to pull the motor to replace the front mounts ?
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 04-04-2017, 01:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,215
Posted By MarkS
Check out this thread it has some pics of the...

Check out this thread it has some pics of the other components.


http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=78041
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 04-03-2017, 05:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,215
Posted By MarkS
Screws out

When putting the new shaft in I realized that the shaft was way to low coming through the transmission. I thus loosened the strut to see if I fastened the coupler where would the shaft be in a strut....
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 04-03-2017, 04:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,215
Posted By MarkS
Strut Alignment

Check this out. How can it be possible that a engine can be so out of alignment ? Any thoughts
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 04-03-2017, 02:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,773
Posted By MarkS
Space on Strut

After taking everything apart and getting awesome support from Nick at Waterworld in Johannesburg who will supply the new parts I start watching youtube. I then decide to loosen the Strut at the rear...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 04-03-2017, 02:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,773
Posted By MarkS
Hanger Bracket

Long story to tell. After removing all moving parts, from coupler to prop this is what I find. Prop Shaft has worked its way through the coupler by about 12mm. The prop then eroded away the cutlass...
Forum: General Discussion 03-12-2017, 12:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,780
Posted By MarkS
Got the same problem on a 2008 Xstar. Do you...

Got the same problem on a 2008 Xstar. Do you remove from the outside/underside of the boat and replace or do you have to get in under the motor ?
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 03-12-2017, 09:01 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 743
Posted By MarkS
Removal of Propeller Shaft - Xstar 2008

Anybody taken their prop shaft off a xstar, 2008, before. Need to know if the rudder will have to come out ? If so will I have to lift the boat off the trailer. It appears the the rudder will not go...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 03-10-2017, 11:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,773
Posted By MarkS
Replace Bearing

Good idea will replace bearing and the seal in the hull. I have never experienced a nut like this. Not sure if they put red lock tight on it. I heated it till the nylon melted, but nothing. I built a...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 03-10-2017, 10:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,773
Posted By MarkS
Removing Nut

Its been 2 months of struggling. Made a ring spanner with a 6 ft extension and could still not turn the nut. Ended up cutting it off with a dremel. Took hours.
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