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  • How do I put the boot clamp on omc

    I have a 77 reinell with 302 omc.
    I bought the boat without a transom boot clamp but now that I have it, I can't seem to get it to fit right. I have it connected to the transom, just having trouble with the stern.

    Boat shop told me it was all original equipment and it is the clamp for that boat. They won't tell me how to put it in but I can leave it there for 175 bucks and they will do it.

    Can someone show me a picture or explain how to get the clamp on. I have it on the boot, I just can't get it to sit on the lip of the stern where I'm guessing it goes.

    If you can show me a picture of how yours sits on it, that might help.

    Thanks

  • #2
    Re: How do I put the boot clamp on omc

    Boot clamp goes on before the transom ring and screws. 5/16 1/4 drive swivel socket with extension helps do the trick. Make sure the boot and housing are clean and dry. It is a chore but doable.
    When will people learn that impellers require regular
    replacement and are not drive it till it pukes items?

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    • #3
      Re: How do I put the boot clamp on omc

      ... and just to be sure: take the sterndrive off. People do say they do this with the drive on all the time, but for a first timer: take your drive off.

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      • #4
        Re: How do I put the boot clamp on omc

        Originally posted by southkogs View Post
        ... and just to be sure: take the sterndrive off. People do say they do this with the drive on all the time, but for a first timer: take your drive off.
        I would too. Drive comes off easily.
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        • #5
          Re: How do I put the boot clamp on omc

          You also ned to have enough stuff in the transom to hold the screws.
          In a marine engine, when everything points to fuel...GO TO IGNITION.

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          • #6
            Re: How do I put the boot clamp on omc

            If you glue the boot on to the stern first with some 3M-847 and leave it set up and then put the clamp on it makes it a lot eaisier. Then install the boot on the transom.

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            • #7
              Re: How do I put the boot clamp on omc

              OMC always recommended that clamp on the intermediate housing to be installed "clean and dry" no glue and no sealer.
              In a marine engine, when everything points to fuel...GO TO IGNITION.

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              • #8
                Re: How do I put the boot clamp on omc

                I've always used the glue and never had a prob. That way you know it's in the correct position when you tighten the clamp. I've had to many boots slip out of position when installing the clamp.

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                • #9
                  Re: How do I put the boot clamp on omc

                  I never used glue either.
                  1998 Wellcraft Eclipse 24 Cuddy
                  Volvo Penta Duo-Prop 7.4L "LK"

                  2006 Sun Tracker Party Barge 21
                  Mercury 90 4-Stroke FI
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                  • #10
                    Re: How do I put the boot clamp on omc

                    Originally posted by bruceb58 View Post
                    I never used glue either.
                    Ditto! Just be sure the surface is clean. If you glue it and you have it a few degrees off, you will play he** getting the screw holes lined up with the transom screw holes. You do not want to have to twist the boot to line up with the transom holes.

                    When I removed my boot after 30 years, there was no glue on the flange and no glue on the transom. I never had a leak and I re-used the same boot.

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                    • #11
                      Re: How do I put the boot clamp on omc

                      I always lined up everything first, marked it and then glued it.

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                      • #12
                        Re: How do I put the boot clamp on omc

                        Originally posted by boobie View Post
                        I always lined up everything first, marked it and then glued it.
                        Probably better to follow what ever the service manual states.
                        1998 Wellcraft Eclipse 24 Cuddy
                        Volvo Penta Duo-Prop 7.4L "LK"

                        2006 Sun Tracker Party Barge 21
                        Mercury 90 4-Stroke FI
                        "Common sense is not very common"
                        "Failing to prepare is preparing to fail." -- John Wooden

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                        • #13
                          Re: How do I put the boot clamp on omc

                          To each his own. The service manual isn't correct all the time and I'll still stick with the glue.

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                            Re: How do I put the boot clamp on omc

                            Originally posted by boobie View Post
                            The service manual isn't correct all the time.
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                            Volvo Penta Duo-Prop 7.4L "LK"

                            2006 Sun Tracker Party Barge 21
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