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    Cutlass bearing

    It would appear that I need to replace my Cutlass bearing on my 1986 E-38 as I have noticed some wiggle room where the shaft passes through the strut. I have no idea when the P.O. last replaced the bearing if ever. I am currently fabricating a bearing puller/ installer jig so I will not have to remove the rudder to remove and replace the bearing. When I measured the bearing I came up with 1" shaft dia., 1-5/16 o.d. on the bearing, x 5-3/8" long. I am having trouble finding a bearing long enough for my strut.4" seems to be the standard. Does anyone have any suggestions? I have already tried Defender and several other marine distributors with no success.
    Don Moran, AKA Navman
    1986 E- 38
    S.V. The Optimist II
    Universal 5432
    Hull# 536

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    Cutlass bearing - 1981 E38 - BADE

    Hi Don,

    I have a 1981 E38, replaced mine about 8 years ago.

    Remember I had a hard time finding the correct size. When I did get one I saved the Box it came in since it had the part number on it, which was "BADE", so i would not forget for next time. Do not know why they have names for cutlass bearing part numbers.

    When I look that name up on line now, I find its 6" long, 1" ID and 1 1/4" OD, so that does not seem to match your OD?.

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    Greg Dettmer
    s/v Spirit Soul
    e38

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    Since no one makes a 1" bearing that is longer than 4" in other than 1 1/4" OD I suspect that 4" is adequate.
    Tom Metzger
    E-34 Xanthus

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    Cutlass bearing

    Greg,
    Wow! That's great. I guess I could cut it down to length. The O.D I gave may be a little off (user error). I will check again when I go to the boat next at which time I will remove the old one. clean the strut cavity and measure accurately with my calipers. It does appear that you may have found the correct one. Thanks for your assist!!
    Don Moran, AKA Navman
    1986 E- 38
    S.V. The Optimist II
    Universal 5432
    Hull# 536

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