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Old 05-10-2012, 04:25 PM   #1
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Default New Bravo III X Seacore??

This is really an outdrive topic, but I started it in Engines, since it seemed appropriate.

I am in the process of replacing my 1997 Bravo III. I found a Bravo III X seacore for sale. it looks like a salvage company that bought a pair that were 2 hours old. It seems they were on a dealer demo boat that was totalled on the rocks in a freshwater lake in the area. They've sat in storage for 2 years. The price is right, but no warranty. Its a cash sale.

My last drive exhibited galvanic corrosion. As a result I really want the next BIII to be a seacore. I don't need the X model which is designed for diesal's and engine's over 400HP (mine is 375 HP). However, the larger geras and more reboust drive is certainly an appealling feature as well.

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Tough call Shrew. Did the drives ingest any water? Do they require a different transom mounting system? In otherwords, are they a direct bolt on or does anything other than the drive need to be changed? Would they be willing to pull them apart for internal inspection?

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man oh man..... if its working don't fix it......

no point to upgrade a deprecating item.....

heaver running gear? are you going into tug boat duty?

I think building a wood whaler at mystic sea port is a better use of your time....
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actually the seacoreXdrives were for racing boats....and diesel engines..massive amounts of torque can be passed thru those drives....so...if it were me and you weren't so worried about warranty....I'd put them in ...I have 2 seacores in my boat and the nice thing about them is it's easy to blow them down...keep the zinc's up and you shouldn't have any problems....the seacore drives are painted and protected inside and out...so corrosion issues should be a non-issue if you maintain the zinc's...as long as the drives weren't damaged on the outside....or the drive gears haven't been impacted....they should be bullet proof for your application...

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I need to replace my drive to begin with, so in this case....it's broke. I'm in the market for a new Bravo III. I like the Seacore drive option since it was designed to address corrosion issues prevalent in the BIII drive. I did check and it is a direct bolt on. The main difference with the B III X drives is larger, stronger gears.

So here's an update. I checked out the drives and there is no damage

I got some bits and pieces of the story (boat make and length and the lake it occurred on). I did some digging. It seems the story I was given wasn't completely accurate. 4 yrs old, not 2 and 4.6 hrs not 2.

Here are the drives (still on the boat):
I checked them out. no damage and well greased. It seemed to turn smoothly. There are traces of a rust 'patina' on the U joints. I talked to my mechanic who seemed to think worst case scenario, we can replace the u joints. The drive came with a 60 day warranty, so I ended up buying it. I may be crazy.
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you even got a washdown cool system for it too...with that little time...I'd say the drives will serve you extremely well....let us know how it comes out...


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what i figured..... people don't kill people, outdrives kill people....

36 years old and how fast do you need to be going to dent and island?

lets see the toxicoligy report.....
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I updated my post to remove the links before I posted this next part.

ARG!!!!! There's water in the drives. Returning it.
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ouch!!!



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Was this found out before or after the drive was installed and the boat was splashed?

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