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Ran over rope


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I have a 2012 VLX with 350 hrs. Yesterday it got a tow rope caught in the prop. I was able to remove it completely, however I notice it has pushed the cutlass bearing in at the prop end about a 1/2 inch. It normally sits flush with the end of the strut. Seems the set screw wasn't tight. The rope did not get into the bearing. There is no vibration and the boat runs great. There is no play in the shaft. It's like it was when new.  The bearing at the other end is flush.  Should I be concerned that the bearing is not flush?

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IIWM, I would have to reseat it at a minimum because that's just me. :crazy: I have done a couple replacements to know the ins and out so it would be short work for me. You could just leave it alone but check it occasionally to ensure it is still seated in the aft end and not wobbling around or showing signs of going out of round. Replacing the "cutlass bearings" is not a big deal, it is getting to the point where you can replace them that is going to be the PITA. To reseat it or replace the bearing(s) you will have to pull the prop shaft, which means that you have to remove the prop shaft coupler which is the real pain. If you ding up a prop and have to get it fixed (you are at the 1/2 way point already) or start to feel some odd vibration it might be a good time to reseat or replace it. JM2C

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