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Old 04-08-2015, 07:34 PM
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Rudder port install adhesive/sealer?

I was piggybacking on an old rudder tread, but it's gone missing, so here we go again...

My 2005 x-10 was leaking at the top of the rudder port and the rudder itself had a little play as well. The port is the NO grease fitting kind and after talking with the OJ rep in TN I decided to pull the whole thing out and send it off to be redone and fitted with a grease port. For $75 I think that's a great deal.

Question: What sort of sealant or adhesive should I use when re installing?

I don't know what they used at the factory, but it was dark grey and strong.

Inside the hull they had caulk around the port and the inner retaining piece.

Do they have a marine grade caulk?

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Old 04-08-2015, 08:04 PM
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3M 5200 is the white sealant you probably see inside. Not sure on the gray though.
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Old 04-09-2015, 05:08 AM
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Thought about using that, but if I ever have to remove the port again, wouldn't the bottom of the boat come off with it?

What they had used was more of a goo then adhesive...
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Old 04-09-2015, 07:15 PM
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Well. I've been reading up on this. As I suspected 5200 is a "permanent" solution.

3M has a 4200, any thoughts?
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Old 04-09-2015, 07:24 PM
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Well. I've been reading up on this. As I suspected 5200 is a "permanent" solution.

3M has a 4200, any thoughts?
To remove 5200 just put a heat gun to it for 5 or so minutes then tap it with a hammer. When removing struts or rudder ports I just heat up the brass at the base and then wack it with a hammer a few times. I've never pull gel coat off.
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Old 04-09-2015, 07:42 PM
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Interesting... First I've heard of using heat to loosen 5200.

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Old 04-10-2015, 01:44 AM
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I'd use 4200 - it's a lot more adhesive that Silicone, but not as strong as 5200. You're clamping the joint with bolts, so you don't really need the strength of 5200. No sense in making your life harder in the future than it needs to be...
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Old 04-10-2015, 05:37 AM
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That's what I found also..."if there is another means of fastening use 4200"...

I guess Life Seal is a very similar product that might work as well...
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Old 04-11-2015, 05:30 PM
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The new port is here. Definitely a good move to replace it, compared to the old one this is tight as it gets.
A great deal too, the only old part id the brass body, all that for $75...

Chose to go with 4200...
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