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Old 11-10-2008, 10:54 PM
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I certainly got a wakeup call and gaining confidence with this MC Mechanic that spotted the problem during service. The new local MC dealer that fixed the alignment issue is not the dealership who origionally sold it to me. The MC mechanic takes the time to go over everything he did in the service and shows me on the boat if I don't understand.
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Old 11-11-2008, 12:08 AM
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Thats great to hear.
I enjoy talking to mechanics and them telling me why this happened and this is what they did to fix it.
Again glad to hear its fixed right and your back on the water.
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Old 11-11-2008, 08:22 AM
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I certainly got a wakeup call and gaining confidence with this MC Mechanic that spotted the problem during service. The new local MC dealer that fixed the alignment issue is not the dealership who originally sold it to me. The MC mechanic takes the time to go over everything he did in the service and shows me on the boat if I don't understand.
Is it time to say which dealer took care of the problems?
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Old 11-13-2008, 07:15 PM
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The Vesconite bearings are tested to out-last the traditional bearings (when properly aligned) up to 10X. There had to have been a serious alignment issue there. The one thing that the Vesconite does not show you (unlike the rubber bearings) is that when the alignment is off you can still turn the propeller quite freely due to the minimal friction.
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Old 11-25-2008, 08:55 AM
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good info, guys.

is this bearing something I should be monitoring on my '02 X-5 (basically a direct drive 190)....or only if/when I notice vibrations related to the drive train?

I've got over 600 hours on the boat.
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Old 11-25-2008, 09:01 AM
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The alignment is supposed to be checked every 100 hours, or immediately after any impact to the prop.
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:26 AM
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The alignment is supposed to be checked every 100 hours, or immediately after any impact to the prop.
thanks, Jim - so the bearing will not be an issue unless the alignment should be off for some reason to cause wear on the bearing or will the bearing wear under normal conditions and need replaced periodically?

how's about a visual check on the alignment - worthless?

no impacts to speak of....original prop and only minor wear.
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:37 AM
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With the older rubber/brass bushings you could feel the play a bit from side to side if you pushed on the shaft below the boat .... but that was not a very scientific test since that much play clearly meant it was time to replace the bushing ... on the newer style, I am not surprised that you are going strong ... but I would probably consider 500-600 hours time for a preventative replacement.

You should check your shaft alignment with a feel gauge at least once per season also.

Some folks didn't realize that the drivetrain was in need of a replacement bushing until they actually do the replacement and the boat feels better.

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Old 11-25-2008, 11:43 AM
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oh yeah one more thing ... relating back to the beginning of this thread ... I would rather have the new style bearing than the old traditional rubber/brass setup .... especially on a newer boat since that is what is coming from the factory nowadays as standard equipment.

On my old 93 Prostar with PS, I replaced the older style with the Vesconites on that boat.
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Old 11-25-2008, 01:07 PM
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Thanks for the info, 93!

Happy Thanksgiving to you as well and peace out brudda.
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