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Old 01-25-2007, 03:29 AM
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Default Volvo Penta Ocean Series Composite Drive

Hi, I re-powered my Bertram 25 with a Volvo 5.7 OSi-XDP composite drive. I have about 35 hours (4 months) on the unit and have noticed a vibration when trimming the motor in. My dealer contacted Volvo about it and we are waiting to hear back from them.

Has anyone else had this problem and what was the solution?

Apart from this, the motor and leg work great, good hole shot and plenty of power through the rev range and good economy.

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Old 01-29-2007, 03:13 AM
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Anyone have any issues at all with composite drive?
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If you trim too high, you will ventillate the prop and that will cause a vibration.
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Old 01-29-2007, 04:31 AM
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I have a 2004 Ocean Series 5.0 OSI EF W/composite drive. I don't think the dealers stay informed with all recalls and bulletins. I had some shifting problems that took a while to figure out, I do not have a trailer, after having the boat hauled out several several times at $125 each way and some frustrating docking. I found out Volvo redesigned the shift mechanism, which I had replaced. It was covered by the warranty. All things considered I think it is an excellent set-up. The boat is very fuel efficient, responsive, hole shot is awesome. mid range acceleration is excellent. Sim seems to be informed more than most, ask for Andy Jr.
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Old 01-29-2007, 07:01 AM
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Welv20. I have a 5.0 with composit on my Osprey. I have had problems with the gears not engaging-especially at docking time. Is that the problem you had? Nothing like getting her going towards the dock and not have the shift work to back off the thrust. When did you have the shift replaced and how did you go about this to have it covered under warranty?

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Old 01-29-2007, 10:00 PM
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I had the same problem with mine. After having the unit rebuilt twice, VP finally replaced the whole drive. What a story that is!!!!
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Old 01-30-2007, 04:39 AM
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flyinshoes,

The drive is actually at my dealer now, there is a little gear noise when the drive is in neutral and forward is still a little finicky. The only way I found out about the redesigned shift mechanism was talking to the mechanic while standing in my boat on my dime. The service manager was not informed about the redesigned part. The hardest part is getting the people working on the drive to believe I am not imagining the problem. It was covered under warranty only after alot of wasted time and money on a problem that only Volvo and an informed mechanic knew about. After spending all that money on a new product you think Volvo would inform the consumer about bulletins, recalls and such. I had the part replaced last season. It performed well, I brought it back to have it checked as it is making some noise. I can only hope they check it thoroughly, the season is short and priceless to me.
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Old 01-30-2007, 07:38 AM
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Update: Volvo say its a bushing on the trim ram pivot that can develop play. Boat should be coming out of the water next week for an inspection by the dealer to determine if that is the exact problem.

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OK guys-Thanks so much for the come back. I'm printing this out for my dealer-cause the Hardest Part definetely is getting them believe you really have a problem.

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Finally got the boat out of the water, it seems the single trim ram was faulty. It has been replaced and the vibration has gone.
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Mac and Wellv20 - It seems like I am recently having the exact same shifting problems you mentioned above. Were you able to get your's fixed OK and waht turned out to be the problem?

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The prop shaft seal inverted causing that little spring retainer to score the shaft. Had water intrusion. Rebuilt drive, both prop shafts, cone clutch due to running low on fluid. So far seems to be ok after 50 hours. I do seem to be adding a little drive fluid. I am going to run it the rest of the season. Will definatly have it checked at the end of the season. Shifting seems to be resolved, after having redesigned actuator installed.
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There was a re-design on the shift quadrant for the OSi drives, however most issues are only partly cured by replacing that part. I would definitely purchase the Volvo Xact cables while you are at the dealer. They are silky smooth and a very noticeable reduction in shift effort is your reward for changing to them. There are still too many boat builders out there that are installing the least expensive cable that they can find. Flyinshoes: Sounds like your problem is more shift cable adjustment related. No matter what quadrant was in your drive they would both go into gear everytime. If your shift cable is not adjusted properly you will go into either forward or reverse easily and not the other.
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The prop shaft seal inverted causing that little spring retainer to score the shaft. Had water intrusion. Rebuilt drive, both prop shafts, cone clutch due to running low on fluid. So far seems to be ok after 50 hours. I do seem to be adding a little drive fluid. I am going to run it the rest of the season. Will definatly have it checked at the end of the season. Shifting seems to be resolved, after having redesigned actuator installed.
Hi did the redesigned actuator continue to solve the shifting problem..thanks
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FYI...http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-...ty-issues.html
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yes i have seen that thread, i keep a close eye on my bellows and i have the 5.0OSI which is routed a little better than the 5.7L.

I dont have a vovlvo dealer here and want to find out how to tell if i have the upgraded shift actuator, i cant get in touch directly with Volvo, do you have any contact to Volvo dealer / mechanic i can ask..thanks
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I am on my second boat (currently a Rinker 320EC) with the Ocean Series drives and I would recommend you run (not walk) away from any boat with these drives. Both boats have made my service guys rich with their multiple issues with the drive boots, now on their 3rd iteration.

As though the drive boot issue wasn't enough, the drive transom housings are also problematic. They too are composite and develop cracks. So even though your particular drive bellow issue may be solved, the transom housing cracks will still let water into the drive guts.

Volvo has been good (so far) about taking care of this under warranty, but this year (3rd on this boat), I'm not putting the boat back in until there are brand new drives on the boat; a standard model drive, not the Ocean Series composite drive.

My Rinker dealer, who took my 30' Rinker in trade, recognized the problem early and had Volvo completely replace the drive systems on that boat.

There is a good reason Volvo discontinued this drive system--good idea but lousy execution. I hate giving up the advanced anti-corrosion/anti-fouling features, but the price is too steep.
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