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Old    Josh Rasor (rasorjb)      Join Date: Nov 2011       05-02-2013, 10:17 PM Reply   
So I attempted to swap my Acme 525 for a 911 today... My prop puller got shipped from the factory so it didn't shop up with the rest of my order... The guys at Wakeprops.com told me to hit it with a torch and it should pop loose. Fast forward, hit it with my trusty MAP torch, put a 2x4 up against it, knock it with a hammer and sure enough it pops loose probably 1/4"... Problem is the key is stuck to the prop and I can't seem to get it loose. Do I need to wait for the puller and just man handle it off?
Old    Chris Dirty (Dmac420sj)      Join Date: Mar 2012       05-02-2013, 10:35 PM Reply   
I'm not sure but that's a awesome prop! I love it!
Old    Josh Rasor (rasorjb)      Join Date: Nov 2011       05-02-2013, 10:43 PM Reply   
Haha wish I could get the damn thing put on!
Old    Mahogany Lover (RonBurgundy)      Join Date: Jun 2012       05-02-2013, 10:57 PM Reply   
The puller won't remove the key from the prop......is your shaft slotted all of the way down the the threads? Most I've seen are not and the key would not be able to stay on the prop after removal
Old    Josh Rasor (rasorjb)      Join Date: Nov 2011       05-02-2013, 11:03 PM Reply   
No it isn't slotted to the threads, which is the problem. The key is stuck to the prop, preventing it from sliding off the shaft.
Old    Mahogany Lover (RonBurgundy)      Join Date: Jun 2012       05-02-2013, 11:26 PM Reply   
My fault, thought you were saying the prop was off and the key is stuck on it.

You could always grab a puller at a local shop and return the one that was shipped to you- so to answer your question it would be best to wait for the puller.
Old    Mase (superair502)      Join Date: Mar 2010       05-03-2013, 1:08 AM Reply   
Ill bet someone used a not aluminum key and it rusted,.. Had it happen to me. Just pound the hell out of it with a rubber mallet on the center or use a hammer against a piece of wood. Took me 2 hours of pounding to remove a rusted prop key on my last boat
Old    Chattwake (chattwake)      Join Date: Jan 2010       05-03-2013, 5:37 AM Reply   
Soak everything in wd40 for a few hours.
Old    Tim (dezul)      Join Date: Jul 2012       05-03-2013, 6:36 AM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by chattwake View Post
Soak everything in wd40 for a few hours.
This...or another penetrate you may have laying around.
Old    Charlie Zulu (Pad1Tai)      Join Date: Jan 2013       05-03-2013, 7:18 AM Reply   
just take a drift ( flat head punch) and tap it out with a light hammer...walk it out upwards and when you get a gap.. pop it out with a big screw driver..
Old    Jack Henry (racer808)      Join Date: Jan 2013       05-03-2013, 7:56 AM Reply   
Us some PB & smack it back to the shaft to get the key unstuck then beat it off (snicker)
Old    Justin Harrelson (skiboarder)      Join Date: Oct 2006       05-03-2013, 8:55 AM Reply   
2 jaw puller from tractor supply for about $15. They make a 4 jaw too.
Old    Bruizza (bruizza)      Join Date: May 2009       05-03-2013, 10:29 AM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by chattwake View Post
Soak everything in wd40 for a few hours.
This
Old    Charlie Zulu (Pad1Tai)      Join Date: Jan 2013       05-03-2013, 10:32 AM Reply   
I don't see how a puller is going to extract a key stuck in the prop keyway... I've been working on these for 20 years... take my advice..^..
Old    Josh Rasor (rasorjb)      Join Date: Nov 2011       05-03-2013, 4:56 PM Reply   
So from the sounds of it, this thing is going to have to be beat into submission. I'm going out for a easy night on the lake after work (with the old prop *sad face*) but I'm going to try to get it off tomorrow morning, before we go out all day. I'll let you guys know how it goes.
Old    Anthonyv911 (tonyv420)      Join Date: Jul 2007       05-05-2013, 11:04 AM Reply   
get that 911 on there, you will love it!
Old    Brad Seymour (rvawake)      Join Date: Jan 2013       05-05-2013, 1:00 PM Reply   
Any interest in selling your 525? Please PM me if you are, key or no key
Old    Delta Force (wakebordr11)      Join Date: May 2001       05-05-2013, 2:01 PM Reply   
Any luck? Has anyone ever had luck loosening the prop nut a bit and letting the prop kind of pop free on its own? Do a quick stab in reverse to try to pull it off? Is this crazy talk?
Old    Josh Rasor (rasorjb)      Join Date: Nov 2011       05-05-2013, 5:49 PM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by rvawake View Post
Any interest in selling your 525? Please PM me if you are, key or no key
Yea I'm at work and it isn't letting me PM you right now, I'll get back to you sometime tomorrow! I can almost guarantee it will be without a key...
Old    Mase (superair502)      Join Date: Mar 2010       05-05-2013, 8:02 PM Reply   
The best way to do this is to pound it off with a hammer like I said. Is the key rusted or flipped over on its side inside the prop key hole? I left the nut on loose turned 1 thread and pounded it hard till it came off. Without the nut it would have shot off 10 feet and bent the prop. Throwing it in reverse won't do anything to get it off if u can't pull it off with a puller. I actually went riding one day with no nut because I didn't have the right one. Using reverse wouldn't even pull if off the shaft when it wasn't stuck
Old    Mase (superair502)      Join Date: Mar 2010       05-05-2013, 8:04 PM Reply   
Be sure to pound on the hub side closest to the bow in a downward motion for 30 mins or so and it will come off you may have a few dents on the prop hub but won't effect performance
Old    Josh Rasor (rasorjb)      Join Date: Nov 2011       05-11-2013, 10:57 PM Reply   
Finally got it off! The prop puller finally showed up and I managed to work it loose. I had the prop puller screwed all the way down and it was still stuck, so I wedged a socket in between the shaft and the face of the puller screw to give it a little more room and it finally popped off! The 911 is way smoother and easier to control than the 525, I love it. On the flip side the threads stripped out of one of my XM9's today

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