Originally Posted by Stim
Not familiar with Bravo's BUT with Alpha's there is a tiller arm that attaches to the gimbal ring. The old ones were splined arm splined pin, newer have square pin in square hole with pinch bolt. I have had play in both, splined I had to replace tiller arm, square I could tighten up pinch bolt.
Agree with the above.
On my bravo II's they would get alot of "slop" in the drive. I could also move the drive from side to side when out of the water. Considering these were work boats we would pull the motor and put a new transom assembly on. Faster, as we could pull the motor, replace the drive, and put the motor back in in one day. Time was money back then.
I have heard of a way of using a cutting torch to actually cut through the transom assembly, replace the arm and pin and then weld them up.
Also look for water to be leaking in through the area where the tiller arm passes through the transom assembly. If you have that much slop I would not be surprised.