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Gimbal Bearing Removal - Method B

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Older boats which used a large snap ring to hold the bearing assembly in place, had a much larger bearing ( 3 1/4 inches in diameter which is no longer available). You will have to remove the old bearing and snap ring. You can now pull out the plastic ring which held it in place and drive in 
our # 2100 Gimbal Bearing and Ring Assembly. The large snap ring is no longer required.

 

Measure the depth of the old gimbal bearing or scribe a line inside the 
housing so when you install the new bearing, you will have a good idea 
of exactly how deep to drive it. The new bearing must bottom out inside 
of the gimbal housing or the outdrive will not go on all the way.

 

 

Borrow, rent or purchase a 5 Pound slide hammer. 3 jaws work very well.

5 Pound Slide Hammer Kit.

Custom Gimbal Bearing Puller.

15 Inch Long Snap Ring Pliers.

 

 

Put the slide hammer jaws inside of the gimbal bearing and tighten up 
on the expanding collar. Now beat the old bearing out.

 

Gimbal Bearing Installation - Method B

 

Turn the outside tolerance ring of the new bearing so the side grease hole
is open as shown. Mark the top of the bearing so it will match up with a
mark you'll be making in the gimbal housing for grease.

 

 

Put a mark inside of the gimbal housing so when the new bearing
is installed both marks will line-up for grease.

 

 

Borrow, rent or purchase a gimbal bearing driver or use something to
pound on the outside of the new gimbal bearing ring.
DO NOT POUND ON THE INSIDE OF THE BEARING.

 

 

Put the new bearing in with the 2 small cut-outs facing outward so that
next time you replace the bearing you wont need the slide hammer
& driver, you just turn the bearing inside of the ring.


Line-up the 2 marks you made and drive the new bearing in until you
hear it bottom out. Check the depth if your not sure with the measurement
you took on the old bearing or check the scribe line you may have made
inside of the gimbal housing.

THIS BEARING MUST NOW BE LINED UP TO THE ENGINE
WITH AN ENGINE ALIGNMENT TOOL OR THE OUTDRIVE
WILL NOT GO ON.

 

 

 
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