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    Question Transom Cover - Oring Install Troubles

    Im having trouble getting my TA back on -- the new oring makes such a tight fit, Im not getting the cover anywhere near flush on the transom. Without the oring, the TA slides right on, the holes line up - everything is great. Ive tried soapy water, with no improvement.

    I did a couple searches, and found only one similar thread. Suggestions found include tossing out the oring and using silicone, and using grease/vasoline to lube the oring. Im thinking of putting the oring in some hot water for a bit to soften even more.

    Any other suggestions? Maybe this is another of those 4-handed jobs Im facing by myself?

    Thanks!

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    Wipe the talc off the oring with acetone or ?? clean the oring groove then Use 3M weatherstrip adhesive to glue the oring in the groove , let it set overnite put a thin coating of silicone on the oring and push it on evenly use a mallet and block of wood to drive it home ! Tom

    or use the oring as a sling shot , put a thick bead of silicone around the bowl and slap the TA back on if all else fails

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    Everything Tom just said is pretty much it. But there are a few tricks up my sleeve besides using a block of wood and a hammer, and of course Sillycone. One thing I found hammers are kind of primative in my book on cast parts and may cause more damage. If you have any questions you can give me a call ANYTIME !! 24 Hours a Day !!
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    o ring makes nice dog pull toy....silicone

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1QuickCP View Post
    o ring makes nice dog pull toy....silicone
    yeah throw the o-ring away... silicone will seal it just fine

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboat ratt View Post
    yeah throw the o-ring away... Silicone will seal it just fine
    Tend to agree on alot of applications , ' speciaaly when that primitive hammer wont "bash it on"

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    Never, ever use silicone on a stock TA, it's just the lazy way to do it. A little white grease on the o ring, around the lip on the TA where the ring seals, a friend to help you install and you're good to go. A little silicon can be used on the two lower screws if you like, but no more. You'll be glad you didn't use the crap the next time you have to take your pump apart. It was designed to not leak when installed properly with no silicone, don't hack it up now.

    I would think boiling the o-ring would make things worse.

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    They make this stuff called seal glide, can get it at napa. Lube the oring with it and tap it evenly on with a nice rubber dead blow hammer. Works for me. The prob. I always run into is getting it back off!

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    Thanks guys! Just the variety of suggestions I was hoping for. Ill be trying again tomorrow - with help. Ive got so many different little things to do, I just move on to something else when I get stumped (or break something!). Im sure Ill get it on, and Im not giving up on the oring just yet.

    As always, I appreciate the wealth of information this board provides!

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    Soapy water worked great for me...

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    I tried and tried to get that O-ring on for 2 days! Finally had to silicone it as I was out of breath from cussing. I came to the conclusion that the O-ring was too fat for the groove in the bowl. A thinner O-ring in the same size would've gone right together. The Jacuzzi has a FAR superior bowl groove that actually fits the rubber!

    I even tried backing the boat against a telephone pole in my yard with a block of wood between them. No use, the rubber wouldn't stay in the groove to save your life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3cKs View Post
    Soapy water worked great for me...
    X2 but I poured a whole Lotta Dawn on it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle View Post
    Log off and go float, hang in the party coves, Show and shine on the trailer, fill up the boat, wax it, v-drive, jet, outdrive, and if you got a canoe and your reading this, you sir, need to phucking upgrade.

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