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    Tales of the Shaft...

    Yea.......I feel I got shafted by BRP.

    But that's what the Thread title is not about. It's about a driveshaft that failed from corrosion. Yes, I do ride this ski in both fresh and salt environments and YES I do rinse/flush after every salt run as soon as I get home. Somehow water got in between the splines and stayed there. Short of tearing down the pump and taking the prop off after every run, I don't know how anything like this could have been prevented. Has anyone ever had anything like this happen before? I would suspect that a part on any vessel that would spend its operating life submerged would be designed to survive that environment (well for at least 2 years).
    After speaking with RIVA and Solas and others here, I will always (and so do RIVA and Solas)maintain that nothing I did caused any of my issues. I forwarded my email exchanges with them to my dealer, who in turn forwarded it to BRP. My bill for the whole thing ended up being around $1300, but that's the way it goes sometimes. Even common sense must yield to accounting...

    I was told from more than 1 source not to use the old prop again, so Erik from Speedfreeks was kind enough to send me a new, tuned prop pronto and the dealer let me cut in line when the parts came in. A 2012 driveshaft went into the ski and I'm hoping this is the only time I will ever have to deal with this issue.

    Here are some pics of my newest paper weights.

    As far as my ski backing up in neutral is concerned (the other issue), I guess I'm just going to have to let that one go for a while and maybe after the ski backs into a wall or someone else's boat when it's in neutral, it might just get solved.

    Thanks for everyone that posted in the Solas prop survey thread and big thanks to Erik!

    Now I hope to ride tomorrow before my big trip to Alaska!
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    did it look like that when you put the impeller in a few weeks ago ?????? no fucking way should any decent mechanic installed a drive shaft like that into a new impeller !!!!!!!!!!! not a chance in hell !!!!!!!! another reason for my dislike for salt !!

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    I may have missed it but was that the original shaft, the kind that screws in to the pto?

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    So I wonder if Gladerider's shafts looked the same(he had 2 fail). Seems like it is the grade of stainless in the shaft - not the impeller since Solas impeller don't normally do that...
    I gonna pull mine mid season/after a couple ocean trips(I ride brackish mostly). I just have to deal with the new code I hit last week PO127(intercooler fault).
    Just like certain airfilters I've bought that just don't hold up to salt water/mic. I guess the good thing out of all this is that there is a fix...about $600 for parts

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    Strang. Seems like the splined part of the shaft is not as corrosion resistant as the smooth part of the shaft? Whats up with that

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    $1300 for a prop, drive shaft and labor?-- WOW!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim View Post
    $1300 for a prop, drive shaft and labor?-- WOW!!!
    Yea parts are around $600...that's why they are called STEALERSHIPS lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by troyheb View Post
    I may have missed it but was that the original shaft, the kind that screws in to the pto?
    Yes. You're looking at the prop end. Here is a pic of the engine end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jim View Post
    $1300 for a prop, drive shaft and labor?-- WOW!!!
    500ish for driveshaft parts, 220 labor, 50ish tax.

    New TUNED Solas from Erik with 2 day shipping was about 500.

    Grand Total: 1295 dollars.

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    what did you coat the new shaft with?
    anti-sieze or silicone grease will not wash off
    its a lot cheaper than a shaft
    and if that shaft is SS it is chinese SS

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