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creedxs78

Prop shear key 2010 VLX

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creedxs78

I have a 2010 Malibu VLX 21. I hit a rock and bent the prop last week and had to get it rebuilt. When the guy at the prop shop pulled the prop off he said the key had been sheared. I got a replacement key from my local marine dealer, but it does not seem to fit properly. The new key is just a standard 1/4 inch square key. Does anyone know if there is a different key for this boat? I watched a video and it shows the key fitting easily into the slot on the prop, and the new key I bought seems to be too big to just slide in easily. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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NHolladay

They are shaped a bit funny.  You could always gringmd it down for a better fit.  I would think anyone who deals in props could set you straigjt with the correct key.  Mine have fit easy with no need to work to install them.  Hope that helps

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Nitrousbird

Since these boats can all wear the same props, my assumption would be the key is the same.  If doesn't fit in there tightly (just prop swapped last night).

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isellacuras

I had to grind my key on the concrete a little to get it to fit. Just a smidge tho. 

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justgary

Doesn't anybody own a file these days?  I keep one in my truck just for these sorts of things. 

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isellacuras
7 hours ago, justgary said:

Doesn't anybody own a file these days?  I keep one in my truck just for these sorts of things. 

You keep a file in your truck?  That's just weird.   

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wakesonthesnake
1 hour ago, isellacuras said:

You keep a file in your truck?  That's just weird.   

I have a bastard and a half moon in my truck at all times.  Some files too.

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justgary
2 hours ago, isellacuras said:

You keep a file in your truck?  That's just weird.   

I pretty much have *everything* in my truck.  I keep it for all the other sorts of things.  About the only thing I don't have room for is people... but that's not always so bad. 

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isellacuras
1 hour ago, wakesonthesnake said:

I have a bastard and a half moon in my truck at all times.  Some files too.

I have been driving 30 years and not 1 time have i pulled over and thought "you know? I wish i had a file". I keep a small one in my boat tool bag in case i need to file down an edge on my prop. The concrete was easily accessible and functional for my key so i didn't even need my file in that case. Just needed to knock the edge down. 

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justgary

So you carry a file in your boat, but not your truck.  How do you sharpen the axe and machete you keep in your truck?  On the concrete?  That's just weird. 

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wakesonthesnake

Yeah, how do you sharpen this without a file?image.png.e67f4b0fca0971e554a2855549d60cdb.png 

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csleaver

Doesn't any one have a leatherman?  Every one I've had has a file.  Too bad there is no toothpick on my newer ones.  I miss that, even though it is gross.

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csleaver

The old school way to fit a prop is to install it without a key, mark the shaft at the front of the prop hub, put the prop on with the key, then file the key as needed so the prop is fully seated on the shaft taper to the mark on the shaft.  I was taught that anything over 400 horsepower should use a stainless key instead of a brass one.  How I miss the overly labor intensive days of olde.

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