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Old 04-02-2008, 08:50 PM
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Impeller replacement...

After bloodying some knuckles and giving myself blood blisters by pinching fingers in needle nose pliers, I decided to ease my impeller changing blues by investing in an impeller puller (thanks skidim.com).

I tell you what. If you want your impeller out in 2mins without any pains, get an impeller puller! I always try to find 'work-arounds' for not investing in specialized stuff, but this tool was well worth it! I was worried about it interfering with my muffler, but it wasn't the case!

Following are some pictures. Sorry for the resolution. My phone doesn't take good pictures, especially close-up and in the dark.

Impeller puller hooked in and removing impeller!
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Removed impeller. It's a little over 2 northern season old and I'm glad I didn't wait much longer. You can't tell b/c the picture is so bad, but some vanes had slight cracks in them and (obviously) it retains a 'memory' after sitting for the winter months.
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Old 04-02-2008, 08:55 PM
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Looks like pretty slick tool. I never had that much trouble getting them out, but glad it worked out for you.
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Old 04-02-2008, 08:56 PM
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Installed impeller. Just a picture so I could confirm the vanes were started in the correct direction. I lubed up the housing and impeller with soapy water and spun the impeller on as I pushed it in to get the impeller vanes started in the right direction.
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Old 04-02-2008, 08:59 PM
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After bloodying some knuckles and giving myself blood blisters by pinching fingers in needle nose pliers, I decided to ease my impeller changing blues by investing in an impeller puller (thanks skidim.com).

I tell you what. If you want your impeller out in 2mins without any pains, get an impeller puller! I always try to find 'work-arounds' for not investing in specialized stuff, but this tool was well worth it! I was worried about it interfering with my muffler, but it wasn't the case!

Following are some pictures. Sorry for the resolution. My phone doesn't take good pictures, especially close-up and in the dark.

Impeller puller hooked in and removing impeller!

That would work great for me if that silver pole wasn't in the way
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Old 04-02-2008, 09:01 PM
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Looks like pretty slick tool. I never had that much trouble getting them out, but glad it worked out for you.
Yeah...I was able to 'work' them out in the past, but this one was being more difficult than my wife! Shhh!!!!

I wish I would have read the paint can opener suggestion earlier, but at least I know I'm not messing up the housing...and it was SO easy!
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it looks like a little grinding on a 2 jaw puller and i could make that tool
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Old 04-02-2008, 09:12 PM
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That would work great for me if that silver pole wasn't in the way
The handle? That's what I thought too, but it JUST cleared.

I would have cut the 'pusher' portion of the puller off (see red line in picture) if I needed the handle to clear the muffler. I figured I could shorten it's length by doing so, but I might have had to start pulling the impeller, loosen, re-attach, and pull some more.

The other option was to cut the handle shorter.

If I could offer a modification of this tool to the manufacturer, it would be to make a thru hole and allow the handle to slide thru...like you see on many C-clamps. That could help people with clearance issues.
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Old 04-02-2008, 09:14 PM
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guess you have a vdrive

my first inboard was a direct drive and it was so easy to replace the impeller, 2nd was a vdrive and what a pain in the arse.

i bought the impeller puller like the one you showed and it made life so much easier.
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Old 04-02-2008, 09:17 PM
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guess you have a vdrive

my first inboard was a direct drive and it was so easy to replace the impeller, 2nd was a vdrive and what a pain in the arse.

i bought the impeller puller like the one you showed and it made life so much easier.
That would be the "V" in the "205V" in my sig! I guess I'm not the only one that has felt the pain!
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