Thread: Installed R&D Billet Couplers
03-25-2011, 05:52 PM #1
Installed R&D Billet Couplers
Just installed the Couplers from R&D that are supposed to help the SC clutch. I really hope they help as getting the engine out was a bitch. Removing and replacing the couplers actually only took 15 minutes.
I was hoping that I could get the couplers off without taking the engine out (completely) but everyone told me that it had to come out and they were right. Had to remove (in order) the intake, SC, IC, the exhaust and the rectifier. Lots of electrical connections and some water supplies/pissers (I had the R&D triple cooling kit but am removing it while the engine is out). My particular engine had a shim under each of the four motor mounts and we labeled them upon removal for reinstallation.
Incidentally, I thought the R&D triple cooling kit was smaller than 1/2" but it is not--all three thru-hulls I installed were 1/2". I will be connecting two with a single hose and the third supply will be going dedicated to the IC. I removed the OEM 4-way in front of the IC and installed the FX-HO 3-way (like $15 shipped to my door from the GH store). Also, I installed the Riva pisser that came with my new IC in the OEM spot on the starboard side of the boat for visibility reasons and let me just say that even with the engine out I could not a.) get the pisser in position, b.) tighten the nut on the inside of the hull, c.) install hose and d.) tighten hose clamp. I just could not do it. My buddy got it done (he's the man that should be writing this).
Only things I thought I'd mention is that you will need some tools (thanks for these from a friend help here on the Hulk). You will need a total of three tools to get the couplers off:
Coupler tool (available from R&D, Yamaha or I've seen these in the GH classifieds)I will note that a Tigershark driveshaft works for holding the midwall shaft as it's different than the splines in the crankshaft and my buddy had part of one in his ultimate tool set with a nut welded to it.
Crankshaft holding tool (only available from Yamaha?)
Tool to hold the shaft in the mid wall (not the same tool as the crankshaft tool--this could possibly be done with the pump somehow...)
I also installed Oetiker clamps and replaced all the OEM and screw type of hose clamps while I had the engine out.
I took a ton of pics but for some reason I'm having issues with uploading them. As soon as I can get them added I will.
03-25-2011, 05:55 PM #2
My Yamaha mechanic said he does not have to remove the engine. He said to install those you can just slide the engine to install.
03-25-2011, 05:57 PM #3
03-26-2011, 12:12 AM #4
03-26-2011, 05:49 AM #5Also, I installed the Riva pisser that came with my new IC in the OEM spot on the starboard side of the boat for visibility reasons and let me just say that even with the engine out I could not a.) get the pisser in position, b.) tighten the nut on the inside of the hull, c.) install hose and d.) tighten hose clamp. I just could not do it. My buddy got it done (he's the man that should be writing this).
03-26-2011, 06:19 AM #6
03-26-2011, 09:47 PM #7
Nice work Craig. Let us now how the difference feels once you ride it.
03-27-2011, 11:59 PM #8
03-28-2011, 04:13 PM #9
03-28-2011, 05:04 PM #10
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