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  2. Staying up late doing lots of research and came upon this: https://www.amazon.com/Meyle-5148140002-Universal-Joint/dp/B0075O5CCA/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Meyle+5148140002&qid=1567780722&s=automotive&sr=1-1#customerReviews I find it hard to believe that a $15 u-joint is going to last, but I guess these are made in Germany or Japan, and boaters are using them. Anyone have any experience with these?
  3. Good evening. I am in the process of replacing my U-Joint Bellows and Gimbal Bearing. I pulled the drive because of some vibration when turning and figured I'd clean it up and replace some things since the boat is new to me. Its a 2003 220 SSi, 5.0 GXi and SX-M drive. For starters, when pulling the drive, the Gimbal Bearing came out with it. It was on the drive shaft. The good news is that it slid right off without much difficulty, so I think maybe the alignment is off and that's possibly why it came out, and also why I may have some vibration. Otherwise, I'm not really sure why the bearing came out with the drive since it wasn't totally stuck on the drive shaft. Maybe it wasn't installed properly. It was a little difficult pulling the drive out, but I finally got it after about 10 mins of tugging. The Gimbal Bearing didn't look too bad, although it was completely covered in grease. I have a zerk fitting on the drive but the bearing did not have a hole for it. I thought that was odd. There is no water or rust and the bearing turns nicely. The U-joints are also relatively smooth, but there is grease coming out at the seams, and there is no zerk fitting on the u-joints, so I figured I'd just replace them too just in case they are the issue. Hopefully when I'm done, it will run nice and smooth. I did notice that my u-joints have the clips on the outside, not on the inside. The spiders listed for my drive are 3850812, but those have the clips on the inside. I did read a post on another forum that lists my spiders as 3860232 or Sierra 18-6406. Can anyone confirm or deny if these are the correct spiders? I need to order them asap and I want to make sure they are correct. I plan on doing it all myself, and since the u-joints are not cheap, I want to make sure I get the correct ones. I guess Volvo changed these at some point. Thanks!
  4. just a follow up note. I got the JL 600/6 installed. I did end up switching to a dual battery set up with the Blue Sea 9001. thanks for suggestions. I have added a new pair of JL 7.7's in the cockpit. I still have to tune the system, but what I am struck with is how "clean" the music sounds. looking forward to launch day.
  5. Yesterday
  6. All the used boat places disappeared 20 ? years ago. Marinas strip parts & trash the none mechanical stuff of a boat.
  7. Good news on a treatment from a Malaria drug !! That would really cut down the time to being given a treatment. HOPE HOPE
  8. dan02gt

    depth gauges

    So do you have an transom mount transducer or a through hull?
  9. Gotta get her out of storage, reinstall the stern drive and the batteries and electronics, etc. And then wait until the state releases us from "stay-at-home". Kinda have a feeling it's gonna be a while. The daily rate of increase in positive cases and deaths keeps rising and the health experts are projecting a peak "maybe" mid to late May.
  10. thank you for all the feedback, it is greatly appreciated. i picked up the boat for next to nothing, so i have some budget to work with. I was hoping to be able to find replacement cushions for most of the seats, but i am not even able to put my hands on any boat scrap yards that have anything that i may need so i am trying to prioritize which ones to repair now and which ones can wait. the boat initially had the back to back seats for driver and passenger, but they are gone and i am really not a fan of them anyways, so i want to move to a bucket seat at least on the driver side, if not on both, so thanks for the feedback! It currently has the motor cover with one small seat on either side of the cover, also not a fan, but im looking for ideas on things others may have done to come up with a better solution there. No swim deck, but definitely on my list of things to add, whether now or later. i spent this morning tearing up the floor over the fuel tank due to rot, once i get that back in and a few trim pieces re-built i will be looking hard for flooring and then hopefully tackling the seating and seeing what the engine is going to need. thanks again for the advice
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  12. That would be a hike for me. I'm coming out of Deale. South of Annapolis
  13. That is a good looking boat nice. Chesapeake city is my favor place to go at the tiki bar.
  14. Hey Everyone. Been boating on the Chesapeake Bay since 2016 in my 2011 244 Sunesta which is now For Sale and ready for a new home. My new to me boat is a 2017 287 SSX. Haven't had it out yet other than sea trial. Can't wait
  15. cyclops2

    depth gauges

    NO This test requires some common sense & a driver. Hang over the stern with CHEAP DIVING GOGGLES on. Look downto see where yo have solid water at WOT. Just you & the driver & a light tank of gas if possible. Position the stern mounted transducer in the solid water. The company instructions will have you get the de3pth correct. Piece of cake job I use a magic marker or grease pencil to mark where the transducer should go
  16. Wingnut

    depth gauges

    You can test for proper transducer placement by putting water in the bilge, and moving the transducer around. It works on sound waves and searches for changed in density to reflect back the pulse, measuring the time it takes. I mount them to the inside of the hull often with epoxy resin. The transducer just thinks is has a thick cover and ignores that reading, shoots through the hull, and bounces off the bottom of the water way. You could try a transom mount if you can find some quiet water back there. W
  17. Nice! I grew up sailing on Lake Pontchartrain as a kid- we lived in Metairie. Family moved out of the area and I've taken up my boating on the Chesapeake Bay and traded sails for twin Volvo's. Loved my time in LA
  18. Dr Philbo, What is the dosage recommendation ? I’m thinking 1 before lunch and 2 or 3 before dinner? Marty
  19. Hello all, It goes without saying that firstly I hope you are all keeping well and safe. Here in the UK we're under tight restrictions and can only go out for the following reasons: Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible One form of exercise a day, for example, a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home The boatyard is about a 30 minute walk from my house so I guess I could legitimately walk down there and back as my daily exercise. How is everyone else being affected ? Keep safe. Stu
  20. Thank you for your kind words @Denny @Phillbo your spot-on. A high blood alcohol level is guaranteed to cure all ills. At least in my mind it is.
  21. Raft-up

    depth gauges

    hey guys, appreciate all the the help. explained to me that because mine is a surf boat with the forward facing prop that at higher speeds there is such a disruption with the water where the transducer has to be placed that there will be a disruption in the readings. guess that makes sense. they further explained that if the transducer was moved more forward that no readings would be transmitted. my question now is does that sound right to you all. second, any other surf boat owners have the same issue?
  22. As soon as Mother Nature becomes a little more favorable. I have three things left to do. Drop her trailer off of the jack stands. Light her up to pump out the antifreeze, and make sure that she is running on all eight. Top off her gas tank on the way to the boat launch. ODC (one day closer) Denny.
  23. cyclops2

    depth gauges

    Is it mounted in the bilge bottom ? Or hanging off the transom ? If transom ? See if it flips up too easily. Or above the hull bottom. I set the top of a wedge shaped transducer to be even with the hull bottom. A photo of it on the boat would help a lot.
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