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Rod separation with auxiliary unit raised
Large outboard binds when in the up position
Rod does not adjust properly, it is either too loose or too tight. (Either the auxiliary will not follow because the rod slips, or with the auxiliary motor tipped up the rod does not extend.)
Raise both motors without disconnecting rod even with a full (or 3/4) swim platform.
Different outdrives require different brackets.
OMC: Pre-1984 OMC units will take the OMC bracket. For drive units produced after 1984, the cobra bracket will be required. In 1994 Volvo and OMC joined forces to make a drive unit. This unit requires the Volvo-SX/Cobra bracket.
MERCRUISER: serial numbers between 2062141 and OD469858 inclusive, requires an Alpha I system. If the serial numbers are OD469859 and above, Mercruiser requires an Alpha II system. If, however, the outdrive says Bravo, it will need a Bravo bracket system.
VOLVO: Pre 1989 units will need a Volvo I bracket system. 1989 to 1994 units will require a Volvo II bracket system. Volvo SX and DX units will require the Volvo SX/Cobra bracket system. (Refer to OMC section)
SAILBOAT: This is the only bracket assembly that requires the drilling of any holes. (The rudder needs to be drilled to mount the bracket to it.) We recommend putting the bracket on with "C" clamps before drilling any holes. This is to make sure the bracket is in the right position before drilling the rudder. Once the bracket is in the desired position, the bracket can be used as a template for drilling the rudder. The sailboat system is also the only system where it is sometimes desirable to disconnect the rod. The rudder on most sailboats has a much greater turning radius than most auxiliary outboard motors, therefore, the motor in some cases will restrict the turning of the rudder when under sail. At that time, we recommend that the rod be popped off the rudder, the rod placed alongside the auxiliary motor, and held in place by a bungee cord.