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    Ok when adjusting the shift rod in the lower it calls for 7 13/64" but it also says a half turn inor out to align forks is ok, so my question is how precise is this measurement? Could I get it to 7 7/32 or 7 3/16 and still be ok? It's a cobra 400 outdrive of a 1990 omc 4.3

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    Try and get it as close as you can because if this is off, the other adjustments will be off also. The main thing is getting equal stroke in FWD and REV and this is a critical adjustment for this. I did not have trouble getting it really close when I did mine a few years ago.
    1988 Four Winns 200 Horizon
    4.3 OMC Cobra

    98 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0 Selectrac
    07 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 5.7 Quadradrive II

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      Ok so I got it as close to the specs as possible and than put it in forward gear marks the shaft, and than in reverse marked and again in neutral, measured the distance between the two with a micrometer from neutral to forward and than neutral to reverse and both came out pretty close so I'm thinking that part is good. Now onto installing a new lower shift cable have it all ready to go and the tools for adjustment.