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11-08-2010 10:07 AM
bron S2 owners needing the nylon rudder bearing/busing can find them at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland HQ, but many locations nationwide). The bearing is made by Thompson or Dohaner are called Thompson Nyliner. try Nyliner Bearings Many sizes up to 1.5 inch. S2 8.5 takes a 1.5 inch. cost was about $6.00 each.
08-21-2009 12:30 PM
deathstare I noticed those bearings look a little ragged on mine - replacing is probably warranted;

once I get it out I'll check the tube integrity as well - I haven't seen any problems with that, but it's hard to inspect thoroughly.

Thanks for all the input... an amazing wealth of knowledge here...
08-20-2009 11:24 AM
dakuehn Deathstare,
Prior to dropping my rudder, I had been concerned by what I considered a bit too much vibration at certain angles of heel and speed, but others (more experienced) have told me not to be too worried. I was grateful that S2 had the flange bearings, but honestly it seems that a better substitute is out there to fit over the 1 1/2" stainless rudder stock (the washers can be had at most hardware stores). I consider myself lucky that my rudder stock is true and that the fiberglass tube in which it rests showed no signs of unusual wear.

One thing that did puzzle me was that the tube was not reinforced/tabbed in at the deck opening (it was obviously heavily reinforced at the bottom). I chose to do some grinding and tabbed in the tube to the underside of the deck. If one was concerned about excess wear in the tube itself, I would recommend the West System approach where you selectively drill holes and inject epoxy with the rudder stock in place (and waxed). The method is outlined in the boat repair flyer or online.
08-18-2009 08:05 AM
Here you go...old SBO message with the info

The following message was posted in the S2 Owner Forum at ----------------------------------------------------------- Mike posted the following about a S2:

The rudder has two nyliner flange bearings(Part # 335008) one at the top and the other at the bottom.
There is also a nylon washer(Part # 534304) between the the rudder head, and the bearing.
S2 has the parts, the bearings are $19.00 each, I'm not sure on the washer cost.
I faxed S2 Sailboat Assistance @ (616) 394-7473 with a question about rudder play, and that is how I found out about them having the bearings. Hope this helps
08-17-2009 10:33 AM
deathstare new comment to an old thread - but worth a shot.

dakuehn - I have a 7.3 and my rudder is a little sloppy, so at my next haulout I'd like to drop it at see what I can do to tighten it up.

do you have any notes from your experience in dropping the rudder?
06-01-2007 11:09 PM
windswimmer Makes perfect sense to me thanks Be safe

06-01-2007 02:00 AM
yotphix Most machinists will turn you a teflon or plastic bushing. It is no harder for them then metal would be. You might have to provide them with the stock though. Do a google search for plastics suppliers in your area and you should be able to findd some teflon, HDPE or nylon that will do the job.
06-01-2007 12:58 AM
windswimmer Thanks it might be obvious but truth is I haven't looked at it yet so I figured alittle info can never hurt I will get to it this summer sometime. good luck with your projects keep in touch. Be Safe
05-31-2007 11:23 AM
dakuehn Windswimmer,
Getting the pin out of the neck was the only difficult part--alot of 3 in 1 oil was used and you need to punch the pin out in the correct direction, but I thought that was obvious.
05-29-2007 05:26 PM
windswimmer I was thinking if they were made of brass or some metal I have a freind with a machine shop that might could make some but I have never sen him work with nylon or plastic. my boat is on a trailer in the front yard how hard was it to drop the rudder as I will be doing this sometime in the near future. Thanks

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