Originally Posted by CantRepeat
You could order the rope from SKI DIM and do it yourself for about $20.
Unless 05s came with the dripless system then you have to pull the shaft to change that seal but still a pretty easy job.
I think easy is a relative term on this one. With the V-drive you are likely to have very little room between the shaft log, the transmission and the general surrounding area. For myself I would work on it myself and enjoy the process. However, I think for many, they would find the $??.?? per hour of labor much worth it. I would think perhaps 2-3 hours and quite a few explicatives for a non-experienced boat mechanic.
You may want to ask what the labor rate and the max time to do the job.