Replacing Keel rollers

demarko210

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Started removing the ubolts at the center 2 bunks. Would have been easier if the bunk boards were removed. I wanted to do the boards after I got the ubolts in place though. I could only get small turns with my torque wrench so as it was hitting the bunk boards.
 

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Scott Danforth

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I would use the electric burp gun unless I had the compressor running.
 

demarko210

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@Chris1956 Let me borrow your back then. I was using breaker bar but I can get a turn on the breaker bar. I been using the torque wrench and ratchet.
 

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rxl650

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Cut the bunks back to get better access? I'd carefully nip off the ubolts with an angle grinder if you need to. My wife and I flipped my trailer over onto crates after removing the winch tower and guides. Aluminum trailer and smaller though.
 

demarko210

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@rxl650 @dingbat Yeah I realized that on Saturday that I need to cut the bunks off. I did not want to remove them from the middle until I got all the ubolts on the center bunks. That was my plan but it sucked.
I measured the angle of the center boards. I will just remove the swivel brackets and pull the whole board and brackets up since I am not using the brackets again. The swivel brackets are starting to split in layers. I thought I would be able to clean up but glad I bought some.

Once those boards are removed it should be a breeze. I may put 2 axels on this thing. That torsion arms has me suspicious.
 

demarko210

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Got the 2 starboard side boards and swivels removed. Started wire brushing the removal area and now ready for some paint. I measured the boards angle before removing @ 20 degrees my hull is @ 18 degrees. The swivel was so rusted that I did not need a wrench on the other end to remove. I will set @ 20 and leave. Then loosen them when the boat is on the trailer to adjust then re-torque. Hope this will be a game changer for me loading this boat back on the trailer!
 
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