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onlyawhaler posted 10-29-2003 09:04 PM ET (US)   Profile for onlyawhaler   Send Email to onlyawhaler  
There are a couple of nice Evinrude (carb) 225s with 30 inch shafts in Ebay. They are the 95-96 era with very low hours.

The obvious problem with their appeal is probably the 30 inch shafts. Not many people can use them I would imagine.

How difficult is it to swap out the mid section from one of these and make it a 25 inch shaft. There is obviously more involved than the midsection casting. Probably a shift rod, etc. Is it cost effective at all or leave it alone?


Sal DiMercurio posted 10-29-2003 11:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sal DiMercurio  Send Email to Sal DiMercurio     
Theres a company in Ohio called Bay manufacturing that makes after market shafts & mid sections.
It will cost you close to $600.00
The shafts on the omc engines are 2 piece shafts, you would need to buy the lower shaft thats 5" shorter & the outer shell.
Their web site is
They also have & do rebuilds for very reasonably prices.
I know the warranty for a rebuilt lower unit is 15 months & costs approx $2,500 compared to $4,000 from bombardier.
Bigshot posted 10-30-2003 11:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Easier suggestion is get a Jack plate and jack that puppy up, make sure you get a good one with more than 6" of verticle lift and not setback too far. The farther you set it back, the higher it needs to go.

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