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Replace springs on outboard lifting bracket??

This was my first summer with my Edel and its Honda 8HP hanging off a bracket. I had to bust a gut every time that I tried to raise the motor. Pushing the locking lever towards the motor while squeezing through the small back stay triangle and simultaneously trying to lift the motor straight up was a grind.

This past weekend I pulled the boat and removed the outboard for winter storage. As can be seen in the pictures I can compress the springs on the lift bracket with my finger tips.

I was thinking of replacing the entire bracket in the spring BUT:
1. It will be a major effort to get into the hidden part of the stern to remove the 4 nuts that are buried inside the stern.
2. A new bracket will be about $350-$400 which would buy an incredible amount of 100% proof Mt Gay Eclipse Black.

My questions are:
1. Is it possible to simply replace the two springs?
2. If so does anyone recognize the logo that is stamped into the support bracket? I would like to reach out to them first for replacements.

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Re: Replace springs on outboard lifting bracket??

Looks a lot like the TH Marine design so you might be able to reach out to them. Their 20HP bracket is only $146 on Amazon though.

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Re: Replace springs on outboard lifting bracket??

The other thing is you could look at a block and tackle arrangement off the stern rail to help lift.
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Re: Replace springs on outboard lifting bracket??

I'm wondering if the spring just isn't pre-tensioned enough.

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Re: Replace springs on outboard lifting bracket??

A POX on all lawyers....

I am still waiting to hear back from TH Marine, as I believe that they have the type of springs I need, but in the meantime here is the reply from Garelick. (my current springs are only under tension when the bracket is lowered and yes I understand that fresh springs may be a more sprung.)

"For safety and liability reasons we DO NOT sell parts or springs for any Garelick Auxiliary Motor Brackets to outside parties. The disassembly and reassembly of these products requires a special jig and compression system to safely remove and reinstall the springs. These springs are under high tension and could cause severe injury if incorrectly handled. The only parts for these products that can be safely installed by a customer are limited to the tension knobs, the mounting board that holds the outboard motor and the safety cable. "


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Re: Replace springs on outboard lifting bracket??

Further more I am Canadian...If I hurt myself doing something that you told me not to do, my first reaction is not to go crying to a lawyer. It will be to go get myself fixed up with our free medical care.
FR*&^KING lawyers are taking away all the fun.


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Looks a lot like the TH Marine design so you might be able to reach out to them. Their 20HP bracket is only $146 on Amazon though.

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To get to the inside nuts that hold it on will involve cutting access holes. I have no idea how they got the original bracket installed other than attaching it before the deck was dropped in place.


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Re: Replace springs on outboard lifting bracket??

Those springs when new are under a lot of tension... It might be possible to build a jib to put it all together, but it isn't really practical. Having disassembled a few and put them back together at a yard with a custom jig... It really is easier to just replace them. And the modern ones are even worse, they are using even higher spring tensions to compensate for the heavier four strokes...

Just a FYI the modern ones are carrying almost 1000 foot pounds of torque in the springs. It isn't an easy job. The older ones are in the 500ft-lbs range.

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Re: Replace springs on outboard lifting bracket??

these are mine:


do we have the same ones OP?

I the one that is up has a good spring, the one down has very little strength

I too need to replace mine...

they are hooked up in tandem as my boat is pretty big for one liittle bracket

looking at mine I dont see where its soooooo hard to replace., its like compressing a shock...you sompress it...pop out bolt install new spring and snap off

am I missiing something here?

I need to find a new spring for mine or make one which might be tough...

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