Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
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Re: My Hurth is supposed to....
Not sure how buried the gear is in your boat. I could get mine out in 30 mins, if it was on the hard. It took a nearby tranny shop one week to turn around a rebuild. These are very simple gears.
If I had the right presses and calipers, I’m convinced I could have done it myself. Rebuild kits are available. Not that I had the time, nor inclination.
I don’t think there is anything inherently wrong or inferior with a ZF/Hurth gear. Hours are not always a good indicator. Some gears are oversized for the boat, others are undersized. Does the captain hammer the gear hard to manage current or stop a boat in a slip. Lots of variables.
I bought my current boat with about 400 hrs on the engine/gear. It was showing signs already and crapped out on me around 1000 hrs.
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