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  1. mta862, I need to gwt access to the trim line manifold on the transom plate. The port hydraulic lines are leaking. At this point, I think I'm going to re-evaluate how I'm going to do this.
  2. 2004 Chaparral 215 SSi, SX-M1.60 drive, 5.0GXI-D engine. Need to replace the trim hydraulic lines on the port side, so I'm trying to pull the drive out to gain access. Drive has some galvanic corrosion in the six stud hole, but doesn't look too severe. Pulled the six nuts, removed the shift cable hardware, pulled the aft trim cylinder pin, and she won't pull. Tried working putty knives around the joint and can get the starboard side to gap maybe 1/16th of an inch, which snaps back when the tools are pulled out. Tried to knock it out with a 2x4 and a mallet – no movement. What am I missing? Everything I’ve read makes it seem easy to slide out, but this one is a no go. Thanks in advance for any tips.
  3. I do plan on adding a 2nd battery and an inverter. Won't need AC this far north I had an 18 ft Maria years ago. Had to add hydraulic trim tabs for wake boarding. Huge improvement. I'll get some hours on this boat before making any decisions on tabs.
  4. Great info, guys. I really appreciate the details. Thanks again!
  5. Thanks, Ric. Is your SSi Mercruiser or Volvo Penta?
  6. Thanks for the help. Reasoning behind changing all fluids is because of the unknown history behind the boat. If I know I've put all of the corect fluids in, then I feel a little more at ease. Maybe a little too OCD?
  7. Thanks for the reply. I should have mentioned it's a Volvo Penta drivetrain. GXI 5.0 L engine with an SX outdrive.
  8. Just purchased a 2004 215 SSi, and while waiting for a new fuel pump I'm looking for some basic maintenance info. Manual wouldn't download, so if anyone can help with some info I'd appreciate it. Would like to replace all of the fluids. 5.0 liter engine, what oil is best? SX outdrive. What gear oil? Any recommendations for PS fluid & hydraulic oil? Other recommendations in general? Would like to take the stock 14-1/2 x 19 prop off and keep as a spare. Is there a SS performance prop that works all-around for this boat? Thanks for the help.
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