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Old 07-05-2013, 08:32 AM
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Aren't most DD fiber glassed in? I was very thankful mine came apart very easy. If anyone has to replace the strut or shaft log I'd recommend pulling the motor, it made it so much easier.

I was able to remove the bolts from the top with my air impact, I did not have to hold the heads from spinning with a screwdriver, next I tapped the bolts down and out.
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I was also glad the strut was not stuck to firmly to the hull with silicone, I tapped it with a rubber mallet and it came right off!!

My wife had to hold 2 of the 3 screws in the shaft log, they were spinning on me - I had to use a ratchet on the inside then that came right out.

Does anyone have any easy ways to remove the leftover silicone from the hull or is the finger and finger nail the best way? I could also try a plastic scraper.

I could not believe how bad the strut was bent!!! Pictured also is the worn out shaft log.

I'm glad they came out smoothly, now I just have to wait for the new ones to come in!!

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To remove the silicone, use a plastic scraper and remove the leftover using denatured alcohol.
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Old 07-14-2013, 09:21 PM
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To remove the silicone, use a plastic scraper and remove the leftover using denatured alcohol.
I assumed I had rubbing alcohol, I guess I should have checked first.

I used some scrapers, my fingers and some "oops" and it came off pretty good with a little work.







I can't believe how far off center the hole for the shaft log is!!!

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Old 07-14-2013, 09:29 PM
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Saturday I was able to reinstall the shaft log and strut. I had to grind the one corner of the strut to align it better with the shaft log.

I used 3M marine grade silicone to reinstall the parts.



But more important, I took my other boat to camp today and I slalom skied twice and my younger son slalom skied and wake boarded. I think I'm going to be sore tomorrow!!

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Old 07-17-2013, 10:47 PM
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I was able to make some progress on my motor this evening. My cousin, who is a GM mechanic, can over and we torqued the heads, he adjusted the valves then we installed the intake. After he left I worked installing some of the accessories.







I'm making little steps forward but I'm moving.

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Old 07-18-2013, 12:32 AM
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It's great seeing progress - for awhile, it seemed like you were going backwards.
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:02 AM
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Nice update hig! I look forward to seeing progress every time there is an update.
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:25 PM
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Nice update hig! I look forward to seeing progress every time there is an update.
Oh yeah, nothing but progress from here on out!!!

Here a teaser of my side decals Mike made for me, they are replacing the Maristar on the sides.



I can't wait to get them and put them on.

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Old 07-18-2013, 04:05 PM
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Nice thread. Just read through it and I can't wait to see the finished product.
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Old 07-18-2013, 04:53 PM
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Nice thread. Just read through it and I can't wait to see the finished product.
Thanks, I can't wait either!!!
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:34 PM
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Well, I ran into another little snag. After installing a replacement water pump I'm having a clearance issues with the bolts and sleeves for the front t-stat mounting bracket.

Please check out the thread:

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/...447#post958447

Any advice would be welcomed!!

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