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    Default How much is too much B1 gimbal slop?

    I have about 1/4 inch up and down on my Bravo 1 drives at the skag, meaning I lift up on the skag and get about a 1/4 inch movement on the port side. Starboard side, very little movement but a slight klunk sound. Is a 1/4 inch too much? If not what is acceptable? None?

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    Look at the ram bushings, they may be worn or soft, if you have a lot of Horsepower, use the urethane ones. Also bleed the system, might be air in there. TIMINATOR
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    Quote Originally Posted by TIMINATOR View Post
    Look at the ram bushings, they may be worn or soft, if you have a lot of Horsepower, use the urethane ones. Also bleed the system, might be air in there. TIMINATOR
    Sorry, I should be more clear. The slop I'm concerned about is coming from the gibal ring and or pin. It is up and down movement.

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    Usually that slop is at the top of the gimbal ring where the square broached hole houses the steering pin. If that is the case, you may be able to tighten the two pinch bolts and solve the problem. Look carefully when lifting on the drive and find out exactly where the play is. Let me know and I can tell you the steps to correct it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BDMarine View Post
    Usually that slop is at the top of the gimbal ring where the square broached hole houses the steering pin. If that is the case, you may be able to tighten the two pinch bolts and solve the problem. Look carefully when lifting on the drive and find out exactly where the play is. Let me know and I can tell you the steps to correct it.

    Yes, the movement is the gimbal ring and/or pin.

    Thanks for any help. BTW, any ties to the old B+D auto wreacking yard in El Monte? In the late 60's early 70's I worked for Bill Morse Speed and Marine in El Monte. B+D were the go to guys for car stuff.

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    No relationhip to them. My Dad and I used to go to see Bill all the time. My shop is about a mile from where he was on Valley. Small world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BDMarine View Post
    No relationhip to them. My Dad and I used to go to see Bill all the time. My shop is about a mile from where he was on Valley. Small world.
    Magnum Marine was next door at one point. Truitt Beale who worked for Bill too, raced a circle boat, and we actually built a couple of boats. Good times.

    Now, not to be a begger but you mentioned you may be able to tell me how to tighten the pin clamps?

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