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Old 01-20-2010, 06:54 PM
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Im looking into this boat for sale locally,and the guy says the boat is 100% other then the Gimble ring has some play and will need to be replaced soon.
Im not even sure of what that is,but from what I looked up it looks like the part that would be mounted to the transom and the outdrive parts come through that to the outdrive,Is this correct?
My question is what would be the ball park figure to have one replaced at a marine shop?
Now the guy mentioned these can be found on used on ebay for around $100,Would you want one of these parts used?
Also I was looking at some youtube vids the other day,some guy made a vid of him replacing a water pump unit and he showed how to remove the out drive,I was amazed on how easily it came of,he took of the prop,steering rod things and like 6 bolts and pulled it off,Looked pretty easy.
I know this isnt a water pump kit,but could one of these gimbal rings be put on at home or is this a precision part that needs the professional?
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Not that hard if you have the tools and a motor lift-- get a manual-- do not buy used-- parts around $ 125 depending on make--- shop will charge at least $ 600 a gimbal bearing alone $ 40 replace everything-- get the kit

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Im looking into this boat for sale locally,and the guy says the boat is 100% other then the Gimble ring has some play and will need to be replaced soon.
Im not even sure of what that is,but from what I looked up it looks like the part that would be mounted to the transom and the outdrive parts come through that to the outdrive,Is this correct?
My question is what would be the ball park figure to have one replaced at a marine shop?
Now the guy mentioned these can be found on used on ebay for around $100,Would you want one of these parts used?
Also I was looking at some youtube vids the other day,some guy made a vid of him replacing a water pump unit and he showed how to remove the out drive,I was amazed on how easily it came of,he took of the prop,steering rod things and like 6 bolts and pulled it off,Looked pretty easy.
I know this isnt a water pump kit,but could one of these gimbal rings be put on at home or is this a precision part that needs the professional?
The fact you do not know that these are not steering "things" but actually the trim system tells my you should leave it to a pro....
What make? Mercruiser?
is it an R, MR, alpha1 , Alpha2, Bravo?
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Not that hard if you have the tools and a motor lift-- get a manual-- do not buy used-- parts around $ 125 depending on make--- shop will charge at least $ 600 a gimbal bearing alone $ 40 replace everything-- get the kit
You do not need a motor lift for a gimble ring. And the gimble ring alone is a lot more than $125.....try almost $600 for and alpha gen2. What model drive is important to an estimate of labor.
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This is a alpha 1,that he says is brand new from the beginning of spring 2009. Would the gimbal ring be part of the outdrive like when you bought a brand new as he claims "not a remanufact." or is this part separate?
Yea and 500-600 seems to be around the prices I found for them new. Should this part be something to be worried about "like why did it go bad,Could this part having play maybe harmed something else,etc. Or is this just normal wear and tear. If so how often to they go bad?
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There are 2 bolts that clamp the gimble ring to the steering shaft. Make sure they are tight. The play can be where the ring clamps to the shaft or where the steering arm clamps to the top of the shaft. A common problem on mercruiser, and a new drive does not replace these parts. What year is the boat? I have an assy from an 88 that is tight and in nice shape.
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The boat is a 1989 wellcraft eclipse 233,I dont own the boat,this is one that im considering buying and just wondering what all will be involved to take care of this gimbal ring problem if I do buy.
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