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A couple of questions.
Halekai - Are you saying to line it up with the hard coupler, to get it very close. Then unbolt, insert the drivesaver (or R & D) and then rebolt, and check clearance. I have read that one owner found it easy to see the misalignment, with the disk in place, as the rubber is squeezed more on one side, etc.
Before I can line up the engine, I have read that you should center the shaft in the stern- tube. As the stern tube is over a foot away from the strut ( cutlass bearing), there is a fairly wide range of movement possible. There is some wear in the stern tube on one side, as the engine was likely out of alignment at one time or another. I can place the shaft as close to center as possible, and then adjust the engine mounts to allow the trannie to bolt up cleanly. However, it looks to me like the shaft is not bound so tightly in the cutlass bearing, that it cannot be "happy" turning, even if it is not in the center of the tube.