Also, I think I am going to run my current shaft this season. Its straight at least. If it vibrates a lot I will replace it. If mild grooves at the strut bearing are "normal" then so is mine.
TRBenj, as far as shops go in my town we have three. One only works on jets, one only works on v-drives but only does it as a side job, and then there is the main shop that does everything. I was quoted 1800 for a tranny rebuild by them and trust their quality of work less than half of my own. I could drive a few hours to Phoenix or San Diego and get better work, but I'd rather go it on my own.
If I didn't spend so much damn money to be an optometrist I would open a marine shop in this town!