Rudder port packing to dripless

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  1. Frontier

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    Has anyone switched from standard flax packing type port 20171111_124211.jpg
    to a dripless style spud nut
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    Is it just a bolt on? Any potential issues?
    My rudder shaft has some slight wear from the flax packing, but below where i assume this type seal would ride feels true. It doesnt look like these get greased either, so no maintenance?
    Thanks
     
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    If it is truly dripless and there is no water feed I would worry about crevice corrosion. At least with packing you can adjust it so there is just a touch of water exchange.
     
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    I hope you never have to take that box out, looks like a bitch
     
  4. Frontier

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    Yeah, its on good, previous owner musta had a barrel of 5200 laying around, its on everything
     
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    3 seasons with this unit.
    so far no issues
    purchased from Buck Algonquin
    standard thread for exact replacement for standard packing nut.
     
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  6. Frontier

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    Thanks, im going to order it, and repack the original as backup
     
  7. c1steve

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    What works really well for packing is standard packing plus a stainless grease fitting, if there is room. The area is pumped full of marine grease. The grease both stops water dripping, and protects the metal.

    To remove the 52oo bedded materials, there is a product called Debond. Supposedly works great when removing 5200 applied products.
     
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  8. Frontier

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    Yes, ive seen those. I could probably just drill and tap a zirk for my current spud. Good idea
     
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    Torch also works really good too. That’s what I do when I have to remove mine to pull the shaft or on other pieces of hardware installed with 5200. Use aluminum tape around the edge on the fiberglass so not to burn in and apply heat, it will de bond the 5200 while warm
     
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    Second on the heat I’ve used a torch or a good heat gun it will pop right off
     

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