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10-29-2014 10:17 PM
redline
Re: Replace springs on outboard lifting bracket??

When I upgraded to a 15HP Honda I added a small 4:1 block arrangement up to the stern rail. Made lifting the 104 lb (!) motor easy, even though it involved pulling the rope the entire length of the cockpit.


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10-29-2014 02:33 PM
i_amcdn
Re: Replace springs on outboard lifting bracket??

Haul out done. Motor lift bracket is removed. I will spend the winter looking for best deal on a Garelick or equal.
There were 4 bolts holding the old one. The top two I could access nuts as they were on outside in a well just in front of engine. Two lower ones were trickier. I could either see them by sticking head into locker or I could reach them with arm stuck in locker but not possible to see AND get a wrench on the nuts. The nut closest to the locker was easy to reach with fingers and socket. The far one I could just barely reach with the socket but I did get it off by feeling around. I will have to cut an access hole in the spring to attach the new bracket.

I will also add a backing plate of something as the bolts and and small washers were all that held it in place.
03-13-2014 02:55 PM
christian.hess
Re: Replace springs on outboard lifting bracket??

yeah one spring is loose when raised meaning its well spent...the other one has enough tension to not be able to move even when raised...

but I dont think its a massive amount of tension when fulloy extended, honestly my issue will be finding a stainless spring down here not installing it

cheers
03-13-2014 02:05 PM
mstern
Re: Replace springs on outboard lifting bracket??

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Originally Posted by i_amcdn View Post
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Looks like the same concept.
If you look at my pics above the springs do not seem to be under any compression when the bracket is 100% raised. Remove the bolt, pop in new spring.
It seems to me that in order for the springs to provide lift throughout their range of motion, they have to be under compression even when fully raised. Certainly less than when fully compressed, but still under some tension.
03-13-2014 12:23 PM
i_amcdn
Re: Replace springs on outboard lifting bracket??

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Originally Posted by christian.hess View Post
same?
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Looks like the same concept.
If you look at my pics above the springs do not seem to be under any compression when the bracket is 100% raised. Remove the bolt, pop in new spring.

I am still waiting for TH Marine's reply to my online inquiry. I will call them in a week if they have not emailed back.
03-13-2014 11:58 AM
christian.hess
Re: Replace springs on outboard lifting bracket??

same?

03-13-2014 11:56 AM
christian.hess
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...

anywhoo
03-12-2014 08:38 PM
Stumble
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.
03-12-2014 05:34 PM
i_amcdn
Re: Replace springs on outboard lifting bracket??

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Originally Posted by tschmidty View Post
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.

Kicker Outboard Motor Brackets, Outboard Motor Brackets | T-H Marine
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.
03-12-2014 05:32 PM
i_amcdn
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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