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Re: How To Remove Prop Shaft
Yes, I'd recommend cutting the shaft. We ended up doing this with our direct drive setup 2 winters ago and it made the whole process much easier - besides our shaft was shot anyway. Pressing out those fittings in that tight space is not fun in the least. I know, we tried.
Once you have the "V" drive installed it would be a very big deal to convert it to direct drive in most cases. I don't think you can do anything better than to try to make your "V" drive setup as bullet proof as possible and hope for the best. That means replace the entire drive train for starters. The PSS dripless shaft seal is probably a good idea too (this coming from someone who favors the old school stuffing box) as you have very poor access to it.
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