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Old 02-19-2015, 12:57 PM
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The shaft does not have to be perfectly centered as it exits the hull. The strut is the center of the universe. take some pictures of the cutlass bearing. if it's worn unevenly then there could be a number of things. If the shaft is rubbing the side of the hull the strut could be bent.

A water test required - bent shaft lots of vibration, bent strut strait shaft usually does not have a vibration. there are many threads here about fixing all that.

I check mine every other season...
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Old 02-19-2015, 03:08 PM
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When I replace a bent strut I always pull the prop shaft and all the packing gland, stuffing box, everything out.

Then I loosely attach the strut and then put prop shaft through the shaft log and center it in the log. Now tighten the strut. Then you can do the trans/motor alignment. This will keep the prop shaft somewhat centered in the log.
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When I replace a bent strut I always pull the prop shaft and all the packing gland, stuffing box, everything out.

Then I loosely attach the strut and then put prop shaft through the shaft log and center it in the log. Now tighten the strut. Then you can do the trans/motor alignment. This will keep the prop shaft somewhat centered in the log.
Hey Tim

When you have done this in the past have you ever needed to enlarge the holes in the hull to get the strut to be adjustable?

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Hey Pram,

I’ve never changed the hole size.
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thanks! I am unable to just push the bolts through the strut and hull, need to screw a couple of them in
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thanks! I am unable to just push the bolts through the strut and hull, need to screw a couple of them in
do they not line up? or are the new fasteners a different size
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do they not line up? or are the new fasteners a different size
All existing hardware, I am really thinking that they never installed the strut true right from the factory.

I have always thought that the motor was skewed in my boat, but with it only have a 160 hours on it when I bought and not a mark on any of the bolts, I figured that I was out to lunch.

I had offset wear in the cutlass bearing and the packing nut is worn on one side as well.

Not a mark on the strut to be found and I have the original prop as well as the 541 that I put on it.
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thanks! I am unable to just push the bolts through the strut and hull, need to screw a couple of them in
is it a new strut ? there have been new struts that the drilled holes in them do not match up with the boat holes... and you need to have your seller replace it.. if it is the original then the only thing I can think of is maybe you are putting it on backwards... (I've done it) dohhhhh

Also place the strut on a flat surface and then stand back and make sure it is straight.. you won't see any marks on it... they are darn tough...
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if you install all the bolts just finger tight - how does the shaft ender thru hull? or won't it... ?
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Are the holes or strut bolts gummed up with old silicone or 5200?
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