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    Frozen bolts?

    Does anyone else have issues with the bolts that hold the reverse bracket on always freezing up with corrosion? I try to do the wear ring every year and every year I have to go through extreme measures to get these bolts out. I even snapped off one of the reverse bucket bolts this year. Am I using the wrong anti-seize maybe? Thanks.


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    On a ski, you don't need to remove the reverse bucket. Disconnect the steering cable, reverse cable, VTS rod if you have one, and remove the four bolts at the exit nozzle to pump. Remove as a unit the reverse bucket assy, steering and exit nozzle. Four more bolts and pump is out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jp1300r View Post
    On a ski, you don't need to remove the reverse bucket. Disconnect the steering cable, reverse cable, VTS rod if you have one, and remove the four bolts at the exit nozzle to pump. Remove as a unit the reverse bucket assy, steering and exit nozzle. Four more bolts and pump is out.
    Yep, thanks. I removed the pump assembly like you said but I'm changing the prop this time around so I still need to get those bolts free. Got 2 so far but still working on the other 2. I might TIG weld some nuts onto the heads so I can get a bigger size wrench on them and maybe the heat from the welder will help as well. Do you use any anti-seize? A friend said to only use the copper stuff on marine applications.

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    You don't have to take the reverse bucket off to change the prop lol

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    I think he is talking about the entire nozzle/venturi/reverse assembly.

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    penetrating oil, and let it sit for a day once you soak with that stuff

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    you might try a pencil torch and gently heat the aluminum around the bolt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by txgp1300r View Post
    you might try a pencil torch and gently heat the aluminum around the bolt.
    Yea that might be my next step. Thanks.

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    Ok, finally got them all out but they did not go without a fight. Went and got some Kroil, which I'm told is the best penetrant out there. Had to sawzall the bottom 2 after I got some space between the bracket and pump. It is not the threads that are stuck at all, it's the smooth hole in the reverse bracket that closed up so tight that I really had to beat the bolts out with a hammer. Whatever the bracket is cast out of corrodes really bad even with the zinc anodes on there. I am really leaning toward thinking it's the interaction between the zinc in the anti-seize and whatever the bracket is cast of.

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    Makes sense now, you have a speedster. The same thing happened to me on a sportster I bought. I had to cut them off also, and could not even pound the bolt out of the holes, with heat or penetrating oil. I ended up just purchasing a new reverse bucket, and was liberal with antiseize when I put it back on.

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