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Old 06-18-2019, 12:21 PM
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Brass or Glide bushings

(93 Prostar 190) I just put in a set of Brass/neoprene bushings last weekend. Then I found glide bushings for a strut that's 1.375 OD which mine uses. Skidim only had Brass for that OD size. I am so tempted to go ahead and put the Gilde bushings in to see if there's a difference. I know I will have to sacrifice the new ones. Wife says "I don't get it, you just put those in" Wrenching part is easy. To do or not to do? Can I get some feedback from those of you that have switched to vesconite bushings from the old Brass morses?
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Old 06-18-2019, 01:24 PM
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I changed mine to glide when I bent my shaft last fall. Haven't noticed any difference at all, and my original brass ones lasted around 30 years...if it were me, i wouldn't bother cutting out perfectly good brass ones just to switch to glide.
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Old 06-18-2019, 01:34 PM
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I agree with Strreamline...it's done already, so change to glide when it wears out.
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Old 06-18-2019, 04:41 PM
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+1...I have used both makes. Nothing earth-shattering between the two.

You'll get 10 years plus out of those bearings. Listen to the wife.

FYI...OJ Props sells the nylon inserts.

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Old 06-18-2019, 07:34 PM
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Wouldn’t waste the money. You’ll never see a difference. By the way, my strut bearing is 23yrs old and its made if hard rubber.
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Old 06-18-2019, 08:38 PM
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Old 06-18-2019, 10:21 PM
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Thank you all for chiming in. I put my vesconites "In stock" for the next go round on shaft or bushing maintenance. Rolling with my new Morse's. My boat is the first picture you see when you bring up Skidim website. I did something different on gland nut this time. I disregarded drip rate and went solely by temperature. I would run it and stop and feel it. One flat makes a big difference in temp. I am 20 degrees warmer than the water running at 3,000 rpm. Its warm but won't burn you.When I pulled the shaft to do my bushings I had a little wear at cutlass spots but not critical. What I was amazed at was the shaft where the packing rope seals was worn a bit. Hard to believe rope can do that to stainless bar. I was probably to lean on drips when said and done.
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Old 06-19-2019, 07:19 AM
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