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Old 05 July 2015, 17:56   #1
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Ever changed your bellows?

Some of the local mechanics say you should have them changed every couple of years, but I have never known of anyone that has.
It looks like a heck of a lot of work, and I know I would never try to do it by myself.
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Did the ones on my alpha 1 drive. Wasn't to bad just take your time and follow the manual
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Old 05 July 2015, 21:00   #3
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if you keep it in the water you should change everey year or two depending on the water you keep it in. it is not to hard to change.
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Old 05 July 2015, 21:07   #4
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Ryan, from what I can see here regarding ribs, You can walk on water. I'd be happy to be able to change the air filter myself.
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Recommend every 2nd year I'd imagine insurance company's would get funny if a boat sinks & a service item hasn't been changed at the correct interval
Not a massive job if included with a service as the drive should be off during service anyway
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I've done a couple. Gynie skills are very helpful.
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I replaced all my bellows on a Bravo III drive last year, along with quite a few other bits of the transom shield, and I wouldn't class any of it is difficult (I'm no engineer!).

Plenty of info out there, and certainly for the Bravos/Alphas loads of YouTube videos as well.

As the boat's going to be out the water to do it anyway, I'd give it a go, and call an engineer if you do get stuck somewhere.
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Old 06 July 2015, 07:48   #8
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The boat I am looking to purchase has a Konrad outdrive.

Can ribs sink, if their tubes are still inflated?

Gynie skills? I know a little about woman's plumbing, but not sure what that has to do with outdrives on boats.
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Might not sink but will fill the engine bay enough to give the engine a bath of sea water it doesn't realy want
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