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Old 09-06-2013, 06:42 PM
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Strut angle adjustment??

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Has anyone used washers or similar to place between the strut and the hull. Mine was bent straight but the angle holds the shaft just a little too low so it does not meet the coupling exactly flush. With the motor mounts at their lowest it is still out and not perfect.

While it works, there is still a vibration on pull off and if I can wedge the strut by about 2mm at the rear 2 holes, it will lift the shaft perfectly so that I can alighn the motor properly.

But will it do any damage to the strut or the hull?
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:54 PM
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a picture would really help.. but I can see the washers putting some extra pressure on hull.. just my opinion.
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:03 PM
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Stop being a tightass and buy a new strut!!
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:06 PM
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Stop being a tightass and buy a new strut!!
LOL!! I know I should, but I am pouring money into the boat and if it can be done I can spend the $400 on something else!
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:20 PM
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LOL!! I know I should, but I am pouring money into the boat and if it can be done I can spend the $400 on something else!
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:31 PM
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You could also shave the front of the strut. If you have a belt sander you can change the angle some and still keep it flat.
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:40 PM
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You could also shave the front of the strut. If you have a belt sander you can change the angle some and still keep it flat.
I was going to suggest getting it surfaced at an engineer but then thought you may have to insert a shim to keep it at the correct level and it just gets messy.
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:02 PM
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I've done that , used washers as shims, and a lot of 3m adhesive sealant - 4200, tightened it down and wiped off the excess sealant, and it's been fine for a year now. I did switch from the rubber to the OJ Vesconite bushing in the strut at the same time.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:02 PM
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I've done that , used washers as shims, and a lot of 3m adhesive sealant - 4200, tightened it down and wiped off the excess sealant, and it's been fine for a year now. I did switch from the rubber to the OJ Vesconite bushing in the strut at the same time.
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Washers at that small thickness should be fine. Worse case is that it doesn't work. Best case is that everything lines up. I see no problems with washers and 4200. Don't use the 5200.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:21 PM
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Personally, I would never do that to the drive train of my boat, though it may provide results. There's no right way to do the wrong thing.
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