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    Default Is there a way to bypass the trim senders?

    The wiring for the senders were shot in my boat. Last season, I had a shop do some work on my boat, so I wanted the senders replaced while the drive (Older Alpha) was out anyway. The tech was not able to remove some part of the senders, so he left it like that and put it back together . Everything works, but my questions is, is there any way to make the trim pump think the senders are there? I have the old 3 botton trim panel. The only way to trim up is push both buttons (trailer), but its a pain in the ass and it would be easier and safer to use just the up button. Thanks

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    I don't understand why the trim limit switch was not able to be replaced. I have never seen one that couldn't be removed with the right tools. It can be bypassed, but I would recommend replacing the trim limit switch so you have trim limit control.
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    I am not sure. Once they took the two senders apart, there was a piece that they could not get off. I dont know what part, but by the time I picked up the boat, the drive was already reinstalled so I said eff it. Can the senders/wiring still be installed without removing the drive again? I would really like to have them work, not that they are needed, but I want everything to work. PM me if you want to do these, also need my trim worked on. It seems to have air in the lines, but it wont "self" bleed. Thanks for the reply!!

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    The senders are mounted on the gimball ring to "bell housing" pivot and have wires that go through the transom shield to the trim pump and trim gauge. Getting the old wires out and the new wires in will require removing the drive and likely removing the "bell housing" that the drive mounts to. If the drive is old and especially if you boat in salt water the process can take a lot of time and you risk the possibility of breaking some expensive parts. Lots of people opt not to fix them based on the potentially high labor cost of the repair.

    As BD stated you can bypass the trim limit switch, but this will allow you to over trim the outdrive, even all the way up to trailer position if you aren't paying attention.

    Boating isn't cheap and a properly maintained boat is essential for safety. If it is a decent boat (some resale value) and especially if multiple people operate it you should spend the bucks to get the senders replaced.

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    The boat is a 30 year old 21' Eliminator Sport with a Gen 1 Alpha. The drive has been apart and some parts have been replaced. I am the 2nd owner, but to my knowledge it has never been in salt water. Its pretty clean. I dont really "need" the trim switch and guages to work, but I would rather everything work as it is supposed to.
    In the next couple of weeks, it will be over at BD Marine getting the work done.

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    Just wanted to give huge props the Brian and crew at B & D Marine.
    Come to find out, the last shop that tried to replace the senders ended up stripping out the hinge pin on one of the senders. That was the piece that they could not get out and proceeded to put the thing back together and told me it cant be done. Brian made a tool and welded it to the pin to pull it out. To me, this is the "do whatever it takes to get it done" attitude everybody needs to have. There were other issues also found while the drive was off that needed attention as well. Throughout each step, I had a phone call from Brian explaining everything in detail.
    Thanks again Brian, you have another life long customer here!!

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    you now see the difference between a "hack shop" and a true professional! when my drive goes, it will end up at B&D Marine


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    Quote Originally Posted by sandking View Post
    Just wanted to give huge props the Brian and crew at B & D Marine.
    Come to find out, the last shop that tried to replace the senders ended up stripping out the hinge pin on one of the senders. That was the piece that they could not get out and proceeded to put the thing back together and told me it cant be done. Brian made a tool and welded it to the pin to pull it out. To me, this is the "do whatever it takes to get it done" attitude everybody needs to have. There were other issues also found while the drive was off that needed attention as well. Throughout each step, I had a phone call from Brian explaining everything in detail.
    Thanks again Brian, you have another life long customer here!!
    Sure is nice reading posts like that one. Wish it happened more often.

    Thumbs up to B and D.

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    Just saw this. I just got back from a week vacation marrying off my daughter.

    Thanks Joey (and everyone else) for the kind words. Having customers like you, makes doing our job easy.
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