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Old 14 June 2013, 14:07   #1
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Swivel bracket bushes.

Got play on the lower swivel bracket bush on my Mariner 135 V6. I'd like to replace the bushes without removing the powerhead and on first inspection looks like undo 4 nuts hoist the engine without bending the gear linkage that runs through the centre & get busy.
Has anybody done this job with any success or is some play acceptable ?

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No, its a powerhead off job. Changed countless numbers of these and there is no easy way to do it. Its a pretty simple job but just time consuming. The worst bit is getting the powerhead off, the studs like to seize in the leg so it can sometimes be a nightmare to lift off.
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Thanks for that. I read in an earlier post about carefully cutting the bolts off with an angle grinder and putting them in the other way around when you replace them.
Is it an expensive job for a workshop to undertake and ball park what would the parts cost?
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Did it on mine with a Dewalt cordless grinder. Quite an easy job in the end!

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I suspect that it was your post that I found Chris. I appreciate that it was some time ago but can you remember how you did it ? Looking at it seems to suggest removing the two bottom bolts to get the bottom bracket off then raising the block carefully to withdraw the swivel tube intact with the gear linkage until it clears? To be honest most of the play is at the bottom so I would be happy just to replace the bottom bush & washers !
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Hmmm I think we loosened them all off so they were just a few threads on each bolt to give you the slack.

Then get a small cutting disk and chop them out top then bottom.

It was some time ago though!

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