Disassembly - removing the outdrive
Find the drive lube tube inside the engine compartment and block it off. That way, when you remove the leg, your drive lube doesn’t get everywhere.
Unscrew the plastic caps on the trim cylinders
Here is what the threaded rod looks like that holds onto the trim cylinders on the lower leg
Use a prybar to prop the leg up a bit, this will straighten the U-joint and make it easier to remove and install.
Remove the 6 bolts that connects the upper drive to the bell housing
Leave a couple of nut loose … that way, when you are prying off the leg, it doesn’t POP off. This ain’t no Alpha 1, the Bravo’s are heavy!
Wedge a 2x4 between the upper leg and the gimbal ring, then lift the leg. This will pry the leg away from the bell housing. Remember, leave a couple of bolts in place to make sure the leg wont fly off the studs in the bellhousing.
Ok, well this step can be a bit tricky I guess... you’re going to need something to be able to support the leg. It weights probably a couple hundred pounds, at minimum, get another person to help you. I built myself a really nice leg dolly.
At this point, there are a few things that need to come apart before you completely separate the leg from the bell housing. First, pull it back and make sure the shift cable end unlatches from the clamp in the upper leg. SOmetimes you have to encourage it a bit with a screwdriver.
Look down the middle of the leg disconnect the speedometer tube. Use a screwdriver or small prybar for this. A bottle of WD-40 can help too.
Finished: the upper and lower leg is completely removed from the bell housing.
Here is a picture of the bellhousing. YOu can see the driveshaft bellows, exhaust bellows and shift bellows are still assembled. You can check the gimbal bearing. The raw water intake is on the bottom left. The shift cable is on the bottom right, and the drive lube connection is on the right side between the studs.
Next: Bellhousing removal.