Prop Shaft and strut removal
Posted: 27 June 2012 08:36 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Anyone have any experience removing the prop shaft and shaft strut from a 2006 V230?  Does the engine and vdrive need to come out of the boat?  I can see the nuts on the strut but not sure is I can get to them.  Also, how do you uncouple the shaft from the vdrive?
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Posted: 30 June 2012 04:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Never seen a 230 but normally the shaft coupling is attached to the back of the vdrive unit with 4 bolts, undo those and you can slide the whole shaft away from the vdrive.

That should expose the nut that holds the coupling onto the shaft so you can undo that and take the coupling off. Some good pictures of a direct drive here to give you an idea, http://skidim.blogspot.co.nz/2008/10/oj-dripless-shaft-seal-installation.html

Access is always going to be difficult with a vdrive but I don’t think you should have to remove the engine or vdrive unit. Removing the vdrive would help access a lot.

Let me know how you get on, I need to remove the shaft on my V210 to fit a dripless shaft system and any info would be good.

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Posted: 30 June 2012 08:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Wow, that helps alot.  I’ve never seen a stuffing box before and assumed that’s where it uncoupled.  Doesn’t look as hard as I thought though the V-drive may be a hassle.  If I decide to do it I’ll document the process but I think I’m going to let the insurance company handle it.  What’s a dripless shaft system?  Maybe I should install myself while it’s apart.  Thanks for the post

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Posted: 30 June 2012 08:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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The standard stuffing box has wax rope in it to seal around the shaft but you need to let a small amount of water pass through into the bilge for cooling and lubrication. 6-10 drips per minute when out of gear seems to be about normal.

A dripless shaft seal works the other way, it has a precision seal or two that does not let water into the bilge. Instead water is fed into it via a small hose to provide the cooling and ends up in the lake instead, hence dripless.

In theory they require no maintenance or adjustments and the bilge stays perfectly dry. My V210 see some salt water so I am doing everything I can to keep the evil salt out.

OJ and PSS are the popular makes, I think I paid about $170 for the OJ kit. See
http://www.ojprops.com/products and
http://www.shaftseal.com/en/product_categories

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