Official 280 Sundancer Thread

Discussion in 'Sport Cruisers' started by gredmer, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    776
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    it seems like several inches
     
  2. Ferris

    Ferris Member

    80
    Feb 8, 2018
    Highlands NJ
    280 Sundancer 2001
    2x 4.3L Mercruisers
    To better understand what you mean, you mean you can turn the wheel several inches with no resistance or you can move the one or both of outdrives by hand several inches?
     
  3. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    776
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    Move wheel several inches with little/no resistance
     
  4. Cuins

    Cuins New Member

    16
    Apr 30, 2016
    New Hampshire
    2003 280 Sundancer
    496 Mercruiser
    How did you run the new 8 wire to the radio? I am going to try to go from the helm to the radio in the cabin.
     
  5. Ferris

    Ferris Member

    80
    Feb 8, 2018
    Highlands NJ
    280 Sundancer 2001
    2x 4.3L Mercruisers
    I think you'll have diagnosis more...

    You're gonna want to check in the bilge and see if the steering is moving with the wheel input, ie no dead play. If it is, next time it's out of the water check the out drive and see if it moves on it's own( excessively), if it does you have the worn steering pin. If it doesn't check the cables and rack in the helm.
     
  6. scoflaw

    scoflaw Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2011
    cape cod mass, cape coral fl
    1999 Powerquest legend 260 sx
    502 mpi Bravo 1
    According to Teleflex there is no cable adjustment and 3" of wheel play is considered normal
     
  7. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    776
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    thanks
     
  8. TCIslandLife

    TCIslandLife New Member

    2
    Jul 22, 2019
    2002 280 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3 w/Alpha 1 Gen2 drives.
    Hi Everyone, I am trying to replace our old Raymarine 210 VHF radio with a new standard horizon but so far I haven't been able to figure out how to get behind the existing radio to remove the flush mount screws. The screws that were on the face plate didn't seem to allow it to be removed. Just to the right of the radio is a fiberglass baffle preventing me from reaching it through the starboard radar arch half moon access panel and I can't get to it from under the cockpit sink. I haven't seen another 2002 280da online that has the radio in this location so I am stumped.
     

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  9. Ferris

    Ferris Member

    80
    Feb 8, 2018
    Highlands NJ
    280 Sundancer 2001
    2x 4.3L Mercruisers

    That's a tough location... You can either get it from aft birth but you'd need REALLY long arms and you have to remove a few internal panels. OR remove the throttle console, you can just remove but leave it all connected.

    The attached picture gives you an idea what's behind it the healm is unbolted in this but you don't need do that(it's the only pic I had) just remove the throttle console.
     

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  10. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    776
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    getting too the backside of the 280 panel is pretty easy. There is a door and the bottom of the dash which you see in "Ferris' picture - easy enough to crawl into and remove and replace the radio. No need to remove the throttle body panel or anything else.

    Also I made my new backing plate out of 1/4" starboard. Let me know if you want pics - I do have them in an earlier post.
     
  11. Gunn

    Gunn Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Potomac River - MD
    2003 280DA and 1995 Sea Ray 175
    Twin 4.3l and 3.0l, all w/ AlphaI GenII drives
    I think if his radio was mounted in the standard location above the steering wheel he wouldn't have even needed to post asking for advice. Check out his photo and the comments he made; his radio is in a more complicated location. It looks like the advice from Ferris is spot on...
     
  12. TCIslandLife

    TCIslandLife New Member

    2
    Jul 22, 2019
    2002 280 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3 w/Alpha 1 Gen2 drives.
    Thanks for the fast replies. Ferris, I don't think I'd be able to reach it from the mid-bearth starboard wall. I found the 3 screws that hold that in place but it looks like every other panel in that compartment overlaps and would have to come out first.

    Any idea where I could get color matched caulk after I replace the throttle console. I've read that it is Bostik 960 SR in the Zephyr color but it looks like that has been discontinued by Bostik.

    Captn TJ, thanks for the tip but my radio is mounted on the starboard side just ahead of the radar arch. I saw your pics on your install and it looks great but I have a chartplotter in that space. It sure would be a lot easier if I could reach it from the helm access panel.
     
  13. Ferris

    Ferris Member

    80
    Feb 8, 2018
    Highlands NJ
    280 Sundancer 2001
    2x 4.3L Mercruisers
    There threads on here about caulk matching I can't help you there other than suggesting search. If it's a big deal to you maybe you can drill out the flush screws instead?
     
  14. Cuins

    Cuins New Member

    16
    Apr 30, 2016
    New Hampshire
    2003 280 Sundancer
    496 Mercruiser
    Changed my navigation lights to the marinebeam LED's. I get an audible click in the engine room and the green lights on the switch pads dim when I turn them on. Is this something I need to be concerned about?
    Thanks
     
  15. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    776
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    hmm interesting. You might want to ask the guys at Marineneam - they're very responsive. FYI I changed all of the cockpit lights plus nav lights from Marinebeam and don't have that issue.
     
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  16. djungeljim

    djungeljim New Member

    22
    Jun 20, 2016
    Sweden
    2006 280DA
    496 MAG
    It seems my sunbed tracks are stuck as well, I've tried everything to get it to move! I even removed the cushion and tried pulling the tracks with a vice-grip but it won't budge. How do I remove the tracks from the boat; the screws to the stern is behind a cushion on the wall, how can I remove that one? Thanks!
     
  17. The Unicorn

    The Unicorn Member

    69
    Dec 14, 2018
    NJ
    2008 280 Sundancer
    Kohler 5K
    Twin 4.3 A1 Drives
    Has anyone ever put an LED bulbs in the existing spot light? My bulb blew the other night and I need to replace it......rather replace with LED
    Thanks
     
  18. Zed

    Zed New Member

    9
    Jul 29, 2019
    2007 280 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3
    My name is Ed from Rochester, NY you all have helped me in the past with some problems with my 2007 280 Sundancer twin 4.3 Mercs. I am having a problem again. Everything seems to point to fuel tank anti siphon valves, but i cannot find a part number I contacted Sea Ray customer support and they could not help me. Any ideas?
     
  19. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    When you say that they weren't able to help... did they not know the answer or were they not able to provide you with a part number for the anti-siphon valve. The reason I ask is because you don't have one. Instead, there's an electrical actuated fuel cutoff switch. Just follow your fuel line and you'll see it.

    If you've narrowed down the suspects to (what you thought was) an AS valve, I take it you verified that by running with the fuel cap off? And if so, you had no issues when you did that?
     
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  20. Zed

    Zed New Member

    9
    Jul 29, 2019
    2007 280 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3
    I have not tried to run it with the fuel cap off. I read about AS Valve causing the issue I am experiencing, both engines not going over 2500 rpm.

    If i run with the fuel cap off and it is okay what does that point to?

    And if it doesn't correct what else should I look for?
    Thank You for your help.
     

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