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Old 12-13-2005, 10:32 AM
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Dripless Shaft Seal Revisited

I recall some time back someone making inquiries about the dripless shaft seal such as the one sold at skidim. Any updates on it? How difficult is the install? Any issues with it? Worth it in your opinion?
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Old 12-13-2005, 10:49 AM
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Got one sitting on the work bench waiting to be installed. I'm not looking forward to it with the V-drive, but once I get it in I'll let you know how it went. I think getting the shaft out of the coupler will be hardest part since the setup doesn't let you press it out with a socket. Space is limited at the log, but not impossible to get to.
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Old 12-13-2005, 11:18 AM
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Keep me posted. It may just be easier to have it repacked. If anyone wants to put up a how to w/ pics to repacking a traditional shaft seal, please don't hesitate.
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Old 12-13-2005, 11:45 AM
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Keep me posted. It may just be easier to have it repacked. If anyone wants to put up a how to w/ pics to repacking a traditional shaft seal, please don't hesitate.
I would be greatly interested in a traditional "how-to" photo tutorial. I really don't want to pay the dealer to do since I have heard it is "easy".
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Old 12-13-2005, 11:52 AM
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Doug, I think the most important part of the install would be lining everything up after installation. Iíve been thinking about adding one to my boat the next time the shaft is out for any reason.

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Old 12-13-2005, 12:01 PM
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the part is very easy to install once you are able to un-couple the prop shaft from the transmission, also assuming you are able to remove the coupler from the shaft. That, by far, is the hardest part of the whole process. I would also remove the propeller first, so as not to ding it up with a loose propshaft. That was the best part I ever installed on my boat and worked really good. It was also nice not to ever have to worry about the stuff box anymore. Well worth it in my opinion.
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Old 12-13-2005, 12:04 PM
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Really, shaft alignment is not going to be an issue after this install. You haven't moved the engine in relation to it's position in the boat and you aren't replacing the shaft with a new one. As long as the engine is not moved, it will align right up when complete. Every single one I've installed(have checked alignment on each one) did not require any adjustement of the engine to make the coupler flush and I have experience no vibration issues either.
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Old 12-13-2005, 12:36 PM
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Actually, I was talking about a pictorial how-to on the traditional wax rope replacement. If I had this installed, I'd let someone with a bit more mechanical know-how than me handle it.

Glad to know you think it's worthwhile though. Still mulling it.
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Old 12-13-2005, 12:44 PM
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From what I've seen with the "traditional" style of packing. Never actually replaced any, but did witness it being done. You cut pieces and wrap them around the shaft, offsetting the butt ends(picture laying bricks with offset joints) until you fill up the stuff box. The butt ends must be tight. The packing nut will secure things in place and obviously controls water drip or "lubrication" to the joint. Too tight, no water gets in.....to loose and....well, you get the picture.
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Old 12-13-2005, 01:00 PM
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I repacked by stuffing a couple of years ago. I used a silicon impregnated rope instead of the traditional wax. It's available Boater'sWorld, Boat USA, West Marine, etc...

It's been working fine.
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