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dakuehn 05-22-2007 12:13 PM

Bushings for 7.3 Rudder
I removed the rudder and the bushings are the originals for 1983...any suggestions on where to find some suitable replacements? West Marine, Home Depot and Lowes were a bust.

windswimmer 05-24-2007 01:04 PM

What are they made of? where are you located?

dakuehn 05-25-2007 01:34 PM

I am in Dallas--they look like simple thin walled nylon. I think more like a sleeve that goes over the shaft than a true bushing.

windswimmer 05-29-2007 05:26 PM

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


dakuehn 05-31-2007 11:23 AM

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.

windswimmer 06-01-2007 12:58 AM

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

yotphix 06-01-2007 02:00 AM

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.

windswimmer 06-01-2007 11:09 PM

Makes perfect sense to me thanks Be safe


deathstare 08-17-2009 10:33 AM

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?

scuppers 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

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