bellows replacement process?

Discussion in 'General Maintenance/Repair Questions' started by boatman37, Sep 21, 2018.

  1. boatman37

    boatman37 Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2015
    pittsburgh
    2006 Crownline 250CR
    Previous: 1986 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer
    5.7 Merc
    Just picked my boat up from a bellows job. I specified I wanted Merc/Quiksilver brand and not aftermarket. The shop owner must have never used them before because he commented on how much easier they were to work with and how pliable they were. My reasoning is our last boat a different shop used Sierra and after 3 years they were starting to crack.

    Anyway, I dropped it off Friday and called Monday to ask if they needed the keys (forgot to leave them) and he said he did but also told me they had it all apart and ready to put back together. Dropped the keys off Monday night and the old bellows were off but the gimbal 'ring'? was still on. It is a Bravo 3 (2006). Not sure if I'm using the right terminology but they did not remove the pins unless they did that later but I doubt it. Is it possible to change bellows without taking the gimbal ring off?

    Anyway, boat is done and here at home. All Merc parts, new gimbal bearing, shift cable, and bellows. $725 plus tax. Thought that was pretty good?
     
  2. Craig

    Craig Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    149
    Feb 8, 2007
    Maryland
    2006 320 Sundancer
    twin 350 Horizon V drives
    Yep
     
  3. Jeff Delbuono

    Jeff Delbuono Member

    112
    Jun 11, 2018
    Edison new jersey
    1998 sea ray 290 sundancer
    5.0 efi
    Very good price. I had a shift cable done on a s24 sorrento last year and they charged me $450.
     
  4. Espos4

    Espos4 Active Member

    513
    Jan 1, 2017
    Long Island NY
    2007 240 Sundeck
    350 MAG Bravo 3 W/DTS
    If I remember correctly, The bell housing comes off, but the ring itself stays on for a bellows replacement.
     
  5. duckmnn

    duckmnn Member

    540
    Jul 21, 2010
    Grafton IL where the IL and Mississippi rivers com
    270sundancer 1996
    454 B3
    Only out drive comes off. You can leave rest on and do it. I had 3 hours doing mine this spring drive bellow and shifter bellow.
     
  6. Espos4

    Espos4 Active Member

    513
    Jan 1, 2017
    Long Island NY
    2007 240 Sundeck
    350 MAG Bravo 3 W/DTS
    You were able to replace u-joint and shift cable bellows without moving the bell housing out of the way?

    I don’t see how that was easy or even possible.

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  7. boatman37

    boatman37 Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2015
    pittsburgh
    2006 Crownline 250CR
    Previous: 1986 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer
    5.7 Merc
    They apparently left it on when they did mine. When I dropped the keys off he said it was all torn apart and waiting on the parts and the only thing that was off was the outdrive, shift cable, and the bellows (and I assume the gimbal bearing but didn't notice). The pins were still in the gimbal ring. It looked like they could like the gimbal ring and slide the bellows up from underneath.
     
  8. Jeff Delbuono

    Jeff Delbuono Member

    112
    Jun 11, 2018
    Edison new jersey
    1998 sea ray 290 sundancer
    5.0 efi
    I did 2 shift cables and exhaust bellows on my 290 sundancer without taking it off. Shift cable goes thru it and it conects to it for exhaust bellow. Did jot have to do gimble bearing tho
     
  9. Espos4

    Espos4 Active Member

    513
    Jan 1, 2017
    Long Island NY
    2007 240 Sundeck
    350 MAG Bravo 3 W/DTS
    If the trim pucks were still in place, then I would say yes, they managed to cram the u-joint bellows up there. If the pucks were off, I bet they just temporarily reinstalled the pins to keep things tidy while they waited for parts.

    For me personally, I found it easier to clean the old adhesive, apply new adhesive and install the u-joint bellows with the bell housing out of the way.

    I left the bonding wire attached and used a piece of copper wire to hang the bell housing from the swim platform.
     
  10. duckmnn

    duckmnn Member

    540
    Jul 21, 2010
    Grafton IL where the IL and Mississippi rivers com
    270sundancer 1996
    454 B3
    It’s a little bear getting old And installing new , but that being said I will replace entire shifter cable before I do boot on it again. That took more time then any working boot onto cable.
     

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