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bboeri posted 10-06-2002 12:08 PM ET (US)   Profile for bboeri   Send Email to bboeri  
Does anyone have experience removing the lower unit from a Johnson 88 SPL? I have a 1988 on my Montauk and want to remove it for the winter so that I can repaint it. I know that there must be more than just removing the 5 bolts on the bottom. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


JohnAz posted 10-06-2002 02:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnAz  Send Email to JohnAz     
Get a shop manuel from a boat supply store,,,they explain all the in's and out's
acassidy posted 10-06-2002 03:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for acassidy  Send Email to acassidy     
You have to remove the shift-retaining pin (that is behind the shift cable and then push the rod over) OR you must remove a screw (a little screw from the same spot). Both are under the bottom carb. I know this does not make much since, but once you look at it it might make more since. BUT it is kind of hard to get to it and makes it the hardest part of removing the lower unit. Once the shift rod is free then remove the 5 bolts from the longer unit. Remove the steering torque fin and mark its location. Now there is one more bolt up inside there that you will see once this is removed. That would make it 6 bolts. I would leave the four back bolts for last and reomve them slowly together to drop the unit. When removing it have clearance for the drive shaft and shift rod. Best thing though is to buy the book for your motor. I hope I did not make this more confusing than it really is. Archie
gvisko posted 10-07-2002 10:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for gvisko  Send Email to gvisko     
on the johnson 88 spl remove cotter pin
up by the shift rod and PUSH bolt towards
port side to release . I spent 3 hours once
trying to pull it out with no luck.
when you push. it will fall right down
be ready gvisko

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