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Cutlass Bearing Removal Tool

Looking for anyone in the RI/MA/NH/So. ME area that has a Strut-Pro or similar that I could borrow or rent. I am wanting to remove and replace my Cutlass Bearing, but don't want to pull the shaft.

Alternatively if someone knows of someone that can do this for me at a relatively reasonable cost in the next two weeks, that would be great.

Please PM me if you can help or reply here with details.

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Sorry, can't help with loaning a Strut-Pro or similar, but I am curious as to the response others may give with opinions on cutlass bearing replacement without removing the shaft.

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Have you looked at Maine Sails site, he uses a threaded bolt.

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The shaft is out on Maine Sail's site.

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Have you looked at Maine Sails site, he uses a threaded bolt.
I want to keep my shaft in. There is a tool that one can use to extract and install without pulling the shaft.

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Oops, missed that

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A good yard will have a puller but none lend that I know of. I have gone through this many times. If the yard is doing the work I prefer them to use the puller, if I am doing the work I prefer to remove the shaft. The reason is yards just put a slide hammer on the shaft to pull it out of the transmission coupling. DO NOT LET THEM DO THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It is easy to press the shaft out by loosening the coupling from the transmission flange and using a socket between the shaft end and flange. A couple of longer bolts can be used to pull the flange and coupling together thereby pushing the shaft out. (don't forget to remove the lock screw)
Pulling the shaft allows you to clean and polish the surface where the cutlass bearing goes. You can also check the shaft for straightness.

Sorry, I know you did not ask that but thought it might help.

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DrB, Do you have a photo of the strut that you can post or link to??

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DrB, Do you have a photo of the strut that you can post or link to??

Image is from sister boat and off of Dan Pfeiffer's 10M site.



I don't have a better one that that, but can get you actual dimensions tonight if you need.

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