Self Repair

Discussion in 'Bubba's Outboards' started by o'boro cat hunter, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. o'boro cat hunter

    o'boro cat hunter New Member

    Is it possible to put barrings and gears in a 1978 Johnson 70h/p without going to the way overpaid boat shop.
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2009
  2. BKS72

    BKS72 New Member

    East of KC
    If you have a manual, the right tools, and mechanical ability you should be able to do it. If you can find someone with a manual you can take a look at the Lower Unit section, see what the job entails, and then decide if you want to take it on or not.

    I got a spare lower unit on eBay for a 1980 75hp for $300 - probably less than what you'll pay for gears on a complete rebuild of yours. Take a look and see what's out there.

    Are you sure it needs a complete rebuild or did the local shop do like some do here - give it back in pieces, claim it's a total loss, and hope you are intimidated enough by the box of parts to fork over whatever they want without actually looking at the gears?

  3. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

    They are not that hard to do and rarely do you have to replace every gear.