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Old    Jeremy Hawkinson (hawk22)      Join Date: Jul 2006       05-14-2009, 7:11 PM Reply   
I just can't avoid the problems. I took my new (to me) boat to my mechanic to change fluids and put on new prop. He tells me the prop shaft is bent and the 2 couplers or bushings or whatever need replaced. Anyone ever done this? He's hoping it will just pull out, but he thinks he may need to pull the tranny to get it out. Ouch to my wallet! Any tips for pulling the prop shaft out of 03 Supra Launch SSV?
Old    Jeremy Hawkinson (hawk22)      Join Date: Jul 2006       05-14-2009, 7:13 PM Reply   
...and he thinks the the engine may also be out of alignment...

Kevin, I'll buy my next boat from you...

Still not hatin on Repos, overall my boat is nice, but this may cost more than I hoped
Old    Brock Landers (formfunction)      Join Date: Jun 2008       05-14-2009, 9:02 PM Reply   
There is no need to pull the tranny when replacing strut bearings.When you do replace them use the new composite bearings xpc or something like that.
Old    Wotan (wotan)      Join Date: Jul 2008       05-15-2009, 10:25 AM Reply   
Not a difficult job and probably DIY if you want. Your shaft coupler could be 2 different options. The first is keyed with a set-screw... this is the easiest one... unbolt the coupler from the tranny, remove the set screw and you should be able to pull the shaft straight out and inspect the keyway on the shaft and coupler for damage.

The second option is the newer style that has a lock nut on the end closest to the tranny. Unbolt the coupler, remove the locknut (you may have to cut a socket down to fit in the narrow gap between the tranny and the coupler, but it DOES NOT require that you remove the tranny.) Again, once removed inspect the keyways for wear/damage. These should be TIGHT.

If you have the old style/set-screw coupler and it's worn, I'd recommend you have the propshaft replaced and upgrade to the newer style coupler.

If the prop shaft is bent (roll it on a piece of glass) you can either have it straightened or replaced. If it's bent... when you replace/reinstall it make extra sure that you align the engine to the coupler (there's a good thread at, pull the strut and have it checked, and replace the strut bearings.

Don't ask me how I know all this.

Also... Marine Associates ( was (likely) the original OEM on the propshaft/strut/couplers and can save you some money on repair/replacement on any of them. I'm lucky enough to live really close by and have had them fix/refurb my entire running gear over the years.

Good luck!
Old    LimoTinted (ridininmd)      Join Date: Jun 2006       05-15-2009, 1:22 PM Reply   
I had to do one on my Supra before I sold it. Pretty much just like Robert described. With two of us working on it we had it swapped out in about 2 hours. Not real difficult, just tough to reach some of the stuff.


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