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Simple Method Of Shift Shaft Setup For Mercury Outboards

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  • Simple Method Of Shift Shaft Setup For Mercury Outboards

    This is how I do it in about 60 sec.: Turn the LU shift shaft by hand counter-clockwise until it
    stops, then with Vise Grips tight on the bottom of the shaft turn it a
    few more degrees CCW until it clicks into a stop, this
    should be neutral - check by turning propshaft --
    prop should spin freely.
    Put control in N and go ahead and attach LU to driveshaft housing some turning of the flywheel will help the DS splines align.
    Do not shift into reverse unless you turn the prop at the same time.

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    Originally posted by merc850 View Post
    This is how I do it in about 60 sec.: Turn the LU shift shaft by hand counter-clockwise until it
    stops, then with Vise Grips tight on the bottom of the shaft turn it a
    few more degrees CCW until it clicks into a stop, this
    should be neutral - check by turning propshaft --
    prop should spin freely.
    Put control in N and go ahead and attach LU to driveshaft housing some turning of the flywheel will help the DS splines align.
    Do not shift into reverse unless you turn the prop at the same time.
    Well said!
    If you are new to boating or have a new boat, a knowledgeable friend could show you how to operate your boat and save you a lot of grief, maybe some money, and maybe your life.

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      Just went thru that on my 1979 Mariner 90. Had to move the lever slightly to Forward while "pushing" up on the lower to get the coupling splines from the upper coupling to align. I like this method better than "the book" version of leaving lever in Forward now
      2002 Bryant 188 4.3MPI

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