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    Had problems with shifting and talked to a mechanic who said I likely didn't have the washer on on the lower shift shaft bushing. He was right. Replaced the washer and put the halves back together. Now when trying to put the outdrive on the boat I swear that intermediate shaft boot sits too high. It catches on my gasket and the bottom of the bell housing. Please look at your boat and tell me if it looks like this pic.

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    Re: Intermediate Shift Shaft shoe Sits too HIGH?

    Looks like you got the rubber washer and the metal washer assbackwards.... The rubber goes UNDER the metal one....
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    1972 Bertram ‘Bahia Mar’ 20
    2006 Mercruiser 4.3MPI (0W617679) w/Alpha One Gen II (0W829301)
    (Original - 1972 '165' In-line 6. Previous - 1994 4.3LX)


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      Re: Intermediate Shift Shaft shoe Sits too HIGH?

      The rubber washer is down inside the bushing and the metal one was placed flat on top. You confirmed something isn't right. Maybe the metal washer slid up the shaft some and got cockeyed. I'm not sure that's possible, but I'll take it back apart and see. Thanks

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        Re: Intermediate Shift Shaft shoe Sits too HIGH?

        Maybe too much grease... That could hold the shaft up too high too.
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        The world takes on a whole new perspective when viewed from 100’ below.
        1972 Bertram ‘Bahia Mar’ 20
        2006 Mercruiser 4.3MPI (0W617679) w/Alpha One Gen II (0W829301)
        (Original - 1972 '165' In-line 6. Previous - 1994 4.3LX)


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        • #5
          Re: Intermediate Shift Shaft shoe Sits too HIGH?

          My guess, the intermediate shift shaft is not fully seated on the splined lower shift shaft. Try pushing it down, maybe turn it a little, make sure the ss faces forward when turned fully clockwise (forward).
          Terry
          87, 4WINNS H 190
          470/Alpha I

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            Re: Intermediate Shift Shaft shoe Sits too HIGH?

            It doesn't appear to b too much grease. I turn shift shaft clockwise while locking the prop ccw and face the intermediate straight forward each time. It shifts by hand when together. Is my intermediate shaft the right one? It flares out at the bottom and pics I find online don't. I've wiggled, pushed and even tapped on the thing to try and make it sit down.

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            • #7
              Re: Intermediate Shift Shaft shoe Sits too HIGH?

              Here is a photo from Ziggy of what the height should be at:
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                Re: Intermediate Shift Shaft shoe Sits too HIGH?

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ID:	7043249Thanks. Too bad that nut is blocking the part of the shaft I want to see. Attached is a picture of the flared out end of the shaft I wondered about.

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                • #9
                  Re: Intermediate Shift Shaft shoe Sits too HIGH?

                  Here is what mine looks like. Did you use a Mercruiser washer? Could be that your washer is too thick, or too large diameter and is sitting on top of casting rather then down in. Can't remember how it is supposed to go. The washer should be 0.030 inches thick 1" diameter.
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                  Terry
                  87, 4WINNS H 190
                  470/Alpha I

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                  • #10
                    Re: Intermediate Shift Shaft shoe Sits too HIGH?

                    Originally posted by SeaRayKindaDay View Post
                    [ATTACH=CONFIG]152156[/ATTACH]Thanks. Too bad that nut is blocking the part of the shaft I want to see. Attached is a picture of the flared out end of the shaft I wondered about.
                    Uhh... I think that is your old washer squished onto the end of the shift shaft. Try pulling it off.
                    Terry
                    87, 4WINNS H 190
                    470/Alpha I

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                    • #11
                      Re: Intermediate Shift Shaft shoe Sits too HIGH?

                      Originally posted by stonyloam View Post
                      Uhh... I think that is your old washer squished onto the end of the shift shaft. Try pulling it off.
                      Doh!!! it does look like the washer, didn't even notice it.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Intermediate Shift Shaft shoe Sits too HIGH?

                        Stony I'm an idiot, you're a genius ha. Smashed on that washer was. I've heard of those getting bent, but my god... I put the drive back on the boat with just the new washer and that linkage fits like Eric's picture. Thanks guys!

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                          Re: Intermediate Shift Shaft shoe Sits too HIGH?

                          A picture sometimes IS worth a thousand words LOL.
                          Terry
                          87, 4WINNS H 190
                          470/Alpha I

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