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Old 10-26-2008, 12:54 PM
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Default "Ear muffs" for Mercury Outboard

When the dealer winterizes my boat they run the engine out of the water. They use some sort of "Ear Muffs" to keep water flowing into the water pump and cooling system. I was told I shouldn't use the flush valve where I can attach a hose directly. This year I am going to winterize my motor myself with the help of a friend so I can learn. What are these "Ear Muffs" called and where can I purchase?

Motor is a 2001 Mercury Saltwater XL EFI 150HP outboard

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I call them flushing muffs. Ear muffs works for some. YOu can buy them anywhere boat stuff is sold. West marine, any dealers, even walmart. Try to find the ones that flow water through both muffs they are a bit more $ maybe $20 but flow more water and are recommended for the larger engines. When you use them just keep on eye on the muffs to make sure they dont slip off. The vibration from engines can make them slip off and burn up your water pump.
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I like this method much more for running out of the water than muffs, for the reasons I point out. Thanks to bluewaterpirate for the pics:

http://www.veradoclub.com/smf/index.php?topic=1228.0

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I call them flushing muffs. Ear muffs works for some. YOu can buy them anywhere boat stuff is sold. West marine, any dealers, even walmart. Try to find the ones that flow water through both muffs they are a bit more $ maybe $20 but flow more water and are recommended for the larger engines. When you use them just keep on eye on the muffs to make sure they dont slip off. The vibration from engines can make them slip off and burn up your water pump.
This happend to me so now I have a peice of light line on mine and tie them to the lower unit so it can't happen again, cheap, easy insurance.
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I do not like the ones with the metal "legs" and prefer the one withthe very heavy plastic "legs". The metal "legs" are too flexible and eventually corrode. The platic one will not slip.
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I do not like the ones with the metal "legs" and prefer the one withthe very heavy plastic "legs". The metal "legs" are too flexible and eventually corrode. The platic one will not slip.


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I tried searching muffs and flushing kits etc. Can't find anything at westmarine.com Anyone have a link where I can purchase the plastic ones mentioned online? Unfortunately I don't have a tub big enough to try submersing the entire LU in.

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Try this http://www.imsupplies.co.uk/product....cat=143&page=1
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Try this http://www.imsupplies.co.uk/product....cat=143&page=1
anything in the united states? shipping would probably be expensive from the uk. thanks!
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I'm checking now, sorry about the UK website just a picture of them I purchased my at west marine, they are a instock item, Do you have to order online?
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I have been using muffs for year and never had a problem with them slipping, maybe you Merc is running rough and you need to get a Yamaha?
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And ( What happens when a Yamaha slips?)
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Here ya go, theres a bunch to pick from

http://www.overtons.com/modperl/prod...browse&aID=24B
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to answer the original question, the thinking goes like this. If you RUN your motor with the hose plugged into the flush port on the rear of the powerhead, you will not be getting any water to the water pump and you could burn up the water pump. The flush port is ok if you're not RUNNING the motor.
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I suggest using a set of thighs for ear muffs...it works for me!

Re: the boat......I have used the metal legged single side flushing muffs for 4 years and have never had a single problem. I tried the plastic built, dual sided muffs and they failed miserably.......threads stripped and the legs didn't provide enough tension to keep the muffs on the motors.
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There must be a different muff for optimaxes becouse the set I use on my suszie doesn't work.So,I have to use a 55 gallon plastic drum.
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There must be a different muff for optimaxes becouse the set I use on my suszie doesn't work.So,I have to use a 55 gallon plastic drum.
This is what I have been using for 4 years.....


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I have a set like those and I don't get enought water thru them.Alot of the water leaks out at the front of the LU cone.
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Merc makes a set of special muffs to cover the nose cone inlets:

FLUSH ATTACHMENT PART # 44357T2
FLUSH SEAL KIT DUAL WATER PICK UP PART # 881150K1


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I tried searching muffs and flushing kits etc. Can't find anything at westmarine.com Anyone have a link where I can purchase the plastic ones mentioned online? Unfortunately I don't have a tub big enough to try submersing the entire LU in.

Thanks!
Well, you could buy a rubbermaid tub or get these from West Marine:



http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...9&classNum=202

Or as someone else posted, just about any store that sells boating supplies sells muffs. Bass Pro Shop, Cabelas, Walmart, etc.
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