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    a little preventative maintenance goes a long way...

    i have greased the bearing twice in the last 4 months of owning my 01 virage(80 hrs). the previous owner must have not.....

    took on water last weekend up to the thermostat bar in the bilge(near sinkage). water tested on the trailer once i drained the water, found the leak. started to take it apart and this is what i find....


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    Yup. That driveshaft is junk. The through hull fitting can be rebuilt. I think Randy has the kits at weberpower.com. I have 2 driveshafts here that look like that.

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    Actually that DS is not junk.


    You can cut 1/2" off the rubber hose that clamps around the thru hull and the new thru hull will ride on the smooth part of the DS.

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    new drive shaft and bearing/through hull already installed. i just couldnt believe the ds could sustain that damage before the bearing gave out and flooded the bilge. no vibration anymore.

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    What type of grease do you use to grease the bearing?

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    Marine grease

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    Quote Originally Posted by xlint89 View Post
    Actually that DS is not junk.


    You can cut 1/2" off the rubber hose that clamps around the thru hull and the new thru hull will ride on the smooth part of the DS.
    How bad does one of these have to get messed up before they are unusable. I have two here with some pretty heavy damage where the bearings ride on the shaft.

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    As long as the bushing or seals aren't riding on that damaged portion, you can use that DS until whenever.

    How bad can it get???? Until you're uncomfortable using it, or until you start taking in water.

    Whichever come first.

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    to the top......grease your bearings before the season starts

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    Quote Originally Posted by xlint89 View Post
    As long as the bushing or seals aren't riding on that damaged portion, you can use that DS until whenever.

    How bad can it get???? Until you're uncomfortable using it, or until you start taking in water.

    Whichever come first.
    Sounds like that one was pretty messed up enough to cause excess vibration as well......!

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