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Faceplant409

I used to have more patience....

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Faceplant409

I changed the oil and the impeller on the VLX today. The oil filter used to be a PITA- till I removed the hard tanks.

I had never done the impeller myself. And I know why... WHAT A PITA!!! Actually it was not THAT bad except I dropped a bolt and that added over an hour to the project...

For just a second, I wanted my DD back.. Then I woke up !

When I was 18 I did not mind wrenching on a car/ truck/ boat or whatever for HOURS!!! Wahappened to me ?????

Patrick

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Bill_AirJunky

I haven't done the VTX impeller, but I did outline some details in this thread how I did the Vride impeller. Since the engine is swapped around, it definitely made it a lot more difficult. And I had to dream up a new tool just to make the job possible.

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99response

All you v-drive guys are a bunch of whimps. I did my VLX impeller change in 15 minutes. You have to straddle the transmission/motor and go to work. 5/16" ratchet wrench for the bolts and two short flathead screwdrivers. You can even lay down on your plenum if you'd like.

-Chris

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bigD

I hate doing it myself. You can't even see it with the silent ride muffler.

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Cbrown

http://skidim.com/prodinfo.asp?number=JAB50070-0040

This will make the v-drive impeller change much easier. I picked up one of these a little while ago and for some reason the boat has had less four letter words directed toward it. Just line it up tighten and it is out.

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D-GOOSE

I lay a think quilt over the top of the eng and lay down. I will also put all the tools I'll be needing on the locker cover so that I don't have to get up. Also a extending magnet is nice for when you do drop a bolt.

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Faceplant409
I lay a think quilt over the top of the eng and lay down. I will also put all the tools I'll be needing on the locker cover so that I don't have to get up. Also a extending magnet is nice for when you do drop a bolt.

Is brass magnetic? I did not think so, or I would have used one... Dontknow.gif

As for the puller tool, getting the old one out was not the problem, getting the new one in and the splines lined up was the PITA. The old one came out easy enough with a pair of needle nosed vice grips.

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Bill_AirJunky

Interesting. My new impeller installed easily. But getting it out...... not only could I not see the housing past the muffler, but there is only about 2" or 3" from the back of the housing to the transom. There wasn't even enough room for me to get a pair of pliers in there & pull.

Plus getting two hands in there was a pain. I had to do everything one handed.

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vette-ski

So do the newer v-drives not have the removable panels along side the motor? I crawl in the port side rear compartment with that panel moved to do the job. Actually I just removed the whole pump. Three bolts hold it to the pulley, plus the bolt on the side, and two hose clamps. Then fight the impeller on the bench.

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Bill_AirJunky

Yea, I wondered about doing it that way too, Vette. Mine has the side panels too. But that doesn't mean it's any easier for me to get my big butt down in that compartment.

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Beau

I also pulled the assembly out to change the impeller. But that impeller tool looks interesting. Has anyone got first hand experience with it????

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Chia

quote name='Beau' date='Jun 9 2008, 02:39 PM' post='248092']

I also pulled the assembly out to change the impeller. But that impeller tool looks interesting. Has anyone got first hand experience with it????

impeller puller is the only way to go for a v-drive. tighten the clamps against the rubber and turn it out. 5 minutes tops.

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